Chiropractic Care

Upstate Spine & Sport is unlike any other chiropractic or manual care center in the area. We offer a modern, integrated approach to patient health care. Each patient is unique, requiring equally distinctive treatment programs.

Our Approach

While chiropractic adjustments are important, they are only one health care tool. Some patients need adjustments; others do not. Some patients benefit from muscular soft tissue work, or rehab movements, but the majority of our patients require some sort of a combination of joint manipulation, muscular therapy, rehabilitation techniques, acupuncture, and nutritional guidance.

The key to the evidenced-based model of chiropractic care is to diagnose not only the symptoms you have, but also why you have them.

Example: Very often, low back pain comes from an injured disc (the cushion in between each of your vertebrae). If we identify that you have a disc injury causing your pain, we first get you out of pain as quickly as possible; but then we must ask another important question: Why is your disc injured?

At Upstate Spine & Sport we take the time necessary to uncover and understand your condition, as well as the root cause of your painful syndrome, and then do what it takes to correct it.

Our goal is to constantly strive to bring together an integrated model of the most current medical research and innovative treatment techniques. We help our patients reach and exceed their health goals so they can perform better in life and sport. We serve as one of a small number of practices in the country to offer chiropractic manipulation, soft-tissue techniques, therapeutic rehabilitation, nutrition, and acupuncture under one roof.

What We Treat

While your initial goal may be to eliminate pain, our approach is based on the rehabilitative science of physical medicine that goes beyond your symptoms to resolve underlying issues and improve your quality of life.

Dr. Jolson will see patients seeking relief for a variety of medical diagnoses and pain presentations including:

  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Golfer’s/tennis elbow
  • Jaw pain
  • Joint pain
  • Disc injuries
  • Balance problems
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Hip pain
  • Post-surgical back pain
  • Headaches
  • Sprains and strains
  • Overuse injuries
  • Difficulty walking
  • Shin splints
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Pinched nerves
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Torticollis
  • Disc herniation
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Failed back surgery
  • Impingement syndromes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lateral/medial epicondylitis
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Regional pain syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • TMJ disorder
  • Soft tissue adhesions
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Iliotibial sand syndrome

Chiropractic Treatment Options:

At Upstate Spine & Sport, we are at the forefront of advancements in conservative medical care. Our promise is to provide patients with proven and effective therapy for their health concerns. We value personal interactions and individualized care. Which is why your treatment will be comprehensive and customized. Intake begins with a detailed medical history and physical exam that includes complete orthopedic and neurological tests and a functional movement assessment.  A custom treatment plan is created for each patient after thoroughly taking the condition, ability, and goals into consideration.

Depending on your situation, your Greenville chiropractor at Upstate Spine & Sport may offer any combination of the following treatments

Chiropractic manipulation is used to release restricted joints in both the spine and the extremities.

Joints often become restricted due to poor posture, improper biomechanics, and/or injury. A joint that is restricted leads to excessive motion in nearby joints. This excessive motion leads to degeneration of the joint. Therefore, restoring movement and function in all joints is a preventative procedure for future degeneration and dysfunction.

For those patients that prefer a lighter manipulation, we also provide mobilization to the joints to help restore movement and function. This is a low-velocity manual technique that does not provide the audible release (cracking/popping sound).

Dr. Jolson uses manipulation and mobilizations as taught by the Motion Palpation Institute, the leader in biomechanically sound, evidence-based chiropractic manipulation techniques.

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Soft tissue techniques are used when a muscle, tendon, or ligament is overly tight, painful, or does not function properly.

Active Release Technique is a movement-based manual therapy technique that addresses muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. It involves breaking up adhesions in the soft tissues by having the patient go through various motions while the doctor applies a very specific pressure to the area being treated. It has been proven to be highly effective in treating many repetitive overuse injuries such as IT band syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, shin splints and even headaches.

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Without a full range of motion and proper use of joints, our backs, necks and joints become stiff and less mobile, leading to pain, greater loss of movement and dysfunction. The McKenzie method is a standardized assessment tool that classifies movement problems leading to appropriate treatment.

MDT effectively treats conditions such as low back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, radiating leg pain, arm pain/numbness, and sciatica. MDT is also effective at classifying and treating the extremities such as the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle, and even the TMJ (jaw).

One of the key components of this method is patient education. This method utilizes education to train the patient on proper posture and ergonomics and provides the patient with exercises to treat their own pain. It is directed toward patient self-treatment methods, therefore making the patient less reliant on the doctor for relief of their symptoms.

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Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) is derived from a technique pioneered by Drs. Vaclav Vojta, a Czechoslovakian neurologist, and Pavel Kolar, PhD, PT. Dr. Vojta developed a unique therapy that was originally intended to treat children with cerebral palsy. Since its inception in the 1960s, it has grown and expanded and is now used with professional athletes, to children with movement based developmental disorders, to expectant mothers.

Professor Pavel Kolar further evolved and expanded and refined this technique to make it yield faster results. The purpose of the technique is to promote proper activation and coordination of the neuromuscular system. This has yielded amazing success in treating pain syndromes as well as various neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, scoliosis, and even stroke cases.

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Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is an advanced manual technique where the therapist is able to effectively address soft tissue dysfunctions (i.e. tight, stringy muscles) with the assistance of a contoured instrument.

The instruments give clinicians a mechanical advantage by reducing stress on the hands, magnifying abnormalities (e.g. restrictions, scars, adhesions), and focusing forces through a small area with less friction than using the thumb or fingers.

The goal of treatment is to stimulate an inflammatory healing response – increasing blood flow and stimulating collagen production promotes adequate remodeling and healing of soft tissue structures. Ultimately, reducing overall treatment time and allowing faster recovery.

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Functional Rehabilitation consists of a variety of corrective and performance exercises with the goal of improving your movement and function in everyday living. Exercises are custom-tailored to each individual’s goals and lifestyle.

Once movement dysfunction(s) have been identified from our thorough evaluation and movement assessment, a custom-tailored corrective and performance exercise program will be implemented with the goal of returning the patient/client to their regular activities of daily living while maintaining a pain-free state.

When a particular muscle is not doing its job correctly (inhibition), other structures have to pick up the slack causing them to become over-stressed. This is called altered motor control and can be due many factors including frequent sitting, sedentary lifestyle, poor postural habits and previous injury. This causes undue tension in aforementioned over-stressed muscles, ultimately leading to pain and injury. Corrective exercises are designed to curb altered motor control by stimulating the inhibited muscle(s) in functional patterns which translates to more efficient movement in sport and everyday activities; thus, increasing performance while decreasing the risk for injury.

RockTape is a special kind of kinesiology tape that is used by practitioners to treat injuries, reinforce posture corrections, and improve sports performance. The stretch is used to promote healing as well as reinforce posture correction and proper muscle activation.

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Upstate Spine & Sport offers individualized acupuncture and wellness treatments. Treatment begins after a thorough dialogue discussing your lifestyle, condition, and symptoms. Considering all aspects of your life helps the practitioner see your health in the context of you as a whole person, not just your physical symptoms. Treatment begins on the first visit and many people see immediate improvement.

How does it work?

While acupuncture has been scientifically proven as effective in treating conditions ranging from pain to seasonal allergies to insomnia, the mechanisms by which it works are still subject to debate. The simplest answer, from a modern Western medical perspective, is that tiny acupuncture needles (less than 1/10th the size of a sewing needle) inserted into the skin promote blood circulation to targeted areas. This in turn activates your body’s immune and nervous systems, reducing inflammation and releasing endorphins to alleviate pain. Acupuncture is rooted in a history that spans more than 2,000 years and helps to correct imbalances in the body caused by external factors such as stress, toxins, and injury. Once restored to proper balance, the body can better heal itself.

Reasons for acupuncture

Musculoskeletal & Nuerological Disorders:

  • Joint and Muscle Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Gastro-intestinal & Digestive: 

  • Constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Gastritis
  • Acid Reflux


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat Disorders:

  • Colds and Flu
  • Sinus Problems
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Dizziness and Vertigo

Additional Conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Skin Conditions
  • Addiction
  • Weight Control
  • Side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
  • High Blood Pressure

Genito-urinary Problems:

  • Fertility (male and female)
  • Irregular or painful menstruation
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Impotence
  • Pregnancy-related symptoms

Golf Assessment

Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) is the world’s leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. TPI has studied thousands of golfers ranging from the top professionals to weekend enthusiasts.

An incredible amount of data has been collected on players of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels. Through this research, TPI discovered how a properly functioning body allows a player to swing a golf club in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, TPI has analyzed how physical limitations in a player’s body can adversely affect the golf swing and lead to injury.

The most efficient swing is not the same for every golfer, because efficiency is unique to each player’s body. To begin to understand a golfer’s Body-Swing Connection™, the player must first be screened. Dr. Jolson’s screen involves an assessment of biomechanics and movement quality, swing mechanics, and a medical history. Once the exam is complete, the results are used to create a unique plan for each individual golfer.

15 of the last 18 Major Championships were won by players advised by a TPI Certified Expert.

25 of the top 35 players in the world are advised by a TPI Certified Expert

52 of the last 63 PGA Tour Events were won by players advised by a TPI Certified Expert.

Dr. Jolson is the only chiropractor in South Carolina with advanced TPI Medical level 2 golf specific training. At Upstate Spine & Sport we offer chiropractic treatment, soft tissue therapy, physical rehabilitation and specific movement based care, golf fitness training and performance, and nutrition advice. We work with some of the best swing coaches, sports psychologists, and fitness trainers in the Upstate. Your treatment plan is specific to your goals – whether you want to become a scratch golfer, make your high school team, or be able to walk nine holes, we’re here to help.

Please call (864) 400-8005 for availability or email with any questions. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Our Goal:

At Upstate Spine & Sport Greenville clinic, your problems get taken care of as quickly and personally as possible. We strive to treat your issue the first time — so while some patients return on a regular basis, we pride ourselves on providing excellent care and education in limited visits. We think of it like golf, the fewer visits to resolve your condition, the better our score!


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