Dr. Henry Teaches Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Livestream

January 29, 2023

Dr. Luke Henry speaking at Parker University in Dallas, Texas 2019. Henry is an alumnus of Clemson University Computer Engineering with a minor in Mathematics.

Due to recent nationwide flight delays, Dr. Henry’s Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression seminar January 28, 2023 was changed from live in Chicago, Illinois to livestream. While disappointed at not being able to interact with colleagues in person, Dr. Henry wishes to thank the chiropractic physicians from Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Illinois for attending his 12-hour continuing education lecture.

While traction has been used to treat spinal disorders since antiquity, nonsurgical spinal decompression uses computer technology to gently lower pressure inside the spinal discs and relieve pressure on the delicate nerves. This novel physiotherapeutic procedure is performed using FDA cleared medical devices. Decompression initially was plagued with controversy, due to unscrupulous marketing but today it is supported by a growing body of scientific evidence and is becoming an established procedure taught at several chiropractic colleges. Indications include bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, sciatica, neck pain, and back pain. Many chronic pain sufferers are looking for an answer and wish to avoid pain medications, injections and surgery. Dr. Henry brought IDD Therapy to Greenville in 2012 and has developed a multifaceted treatment approach incorporating hands-on treatments, rehabilitation exercises, and low-level laser therapy. This evidence-based approach helps to significantly reduce chronic pain for most patients and is also appropriate for acute injury from auto accidents, work and sports injuries. While temporary soreness is possible, the treatment is very safe and gentle. Dr. Henry has served as a postgraduate lecturer for three chiropractic colleges and is a member of the South Carolina Chiropractic Association. His 2017 study on spinal decompression has been cited by researchers internationally. Henry gave seven lectures throughout the United States last year in association with Fetterman Events and National University of Health Sciences.

Doctors of chiropractic wishing to learn more about this procedure may register for one of Dr. Henry’s upcoming classes, with lectures planned for Raleigh, Asheville, Greenville, Knoxville, Florence, Dothan, and Atlanta in 2023. The Chicago program may be rescheduled, depending on air travel difficulties.

Dr. Henry practices at Henry Chiropractic Clinic, LLC at 1314 Pelham Road in Greenville, South Carolina, with a practice emphasis on acute and chronic back and neck pain.

Henry Chiropractic Recognized for Cost-Efficient Care

September 7, 2022

Dr. Luke Henry, Chiropractic Physician and owner of Henry Chiropractic Clinic LLC in Greenville, SC has again been recognized as a HNS “Center of Excellence” for cost-efficient patient care by Health Network Solutions, Inc. Dr. Henry is also “Tier 1 Advantage” for Optum and is a preferred provider for most health insurance companies, including BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, etc. Practice emphasis is on non-surgical relief of neck and back pain, sciatica, and bulging, herniated and degenerative discs. Auto Accidents, sports, and work injury cases are welcome.

Does Insurance Cover Chiropractic?

Increasingly, insurers recognize the cost effective, evidence-based care provided by doctors of chiropractic for back pain and neck pain sufferers. The vast majority of our patients at Henry Chiropractic Clinic, LLC in Greenville, SC have at least some chiropractic services covered by insurance. Many patients are pleased to find that insurance coverage may help.

Dr. Henry is a preferred provider for:

  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
  • SC State Health Plan (PEBA)
  • Federal Employees Plan (FEP Blue)
  • Blue Choice
  • United Healthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Medcost
  • and most other insurances

Automobile accidents and workers compensation cases may be covered 100%.

In most cases, no referral is necessary.

There are a few exceptions:

The Department of Veterans Affairs requires a referral from the VA.

Medicare coverage is limited to manipulation of the spine.

Many plans do not cover orthotics, cold laser therapy or nonsurgical spinal decompression.

Please call if you need an appointment and we’ll be glad to check your benefits or answer any questions.

Study Finds Spinal Manipulation Improves Cardiac Autonomic Control

A randomized placebo-controlled trial published in Spine by researchers in Brazil compared supine upper thoracic spine manipulation to myofascial release and placebo in 59 patients with musculoskeletal pain. Only those receiving manipulation had improvement in heart rate variability, indicative of positive change in resting cardiac autonomic control, but with no change in blood pressure. The change was immediate after one session of manipulation. Interestingly, myofascial release and placebo did not change HRV.

Doctors of chiropractic have long argued that chiropractic adjustments not only relieve pain but also improve function of the nervous system. Other studies, including those by my colleague, Dr. Hart, have found that chiropractic adjustments may lead to improvement in heart rate variability and lower resting pulse rate, which are associated with improved health and longevity. The old saying is, “Chiropractic adds years to life and life to years”.


Reference: Rodrigues, Corrêa, Reis et al. One Session of Spinal Manipulation Improves the Cardiac Autonomic Control in Patients with Musculoskeletal Pain, SPINE: July 15, 2021 – Volume 46 – Issue 14 – p 915-922

The abstract is available at:



Greenville Chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry Recognized by the South Carolina Chiropractic Association

Greenville chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry receives an award for 5 years in the South Carolina Chiropractic Association Palmetto Club.

Greenville, South Carolina chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry was recognized by the South Carolina Chiropractic Association for 5 years membership in the Palmetto Club. Dr. Henry traveled to Myrtle Beach for the SC Chiropractic Association Annual Convention June 23-26, 2016. Henry first attended the convention by scholarship while a student at Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2005. Dr. Henry has been active in the SCCA since opening his practice in Greenville in 2006 and has served as a postgraduate speaker and on the committee to plan and approve continuing education programs. Dr. Henry stated, “It’s an honor to be part of such a great group of doctors of chiropractic”. Dr. Henry’s practice emphasis is on neck and back pain, nonsurgical disc decompression, cold laser therapy and whiplash. For an appointment call 864-288-7797 or for more information visit henryclinic.com.

South Carolina Chiropractic Association Palmetto Club reception at Myrtle Beach June 25, 2016.

“The South Carolina Chiropractic Association is a professional association whose mission is to promote and protect chiropractic in South Carolina. We provide leadership as a unified voice to safeguard the future of all chiropractors in South Carolina through:

(a) expanding the role of chiropractic in health care;
(b) public awareness;
(c) legislative involvement;
(d) communicating the current trends and issues important to our members;
(e) providing quality continuing education.”

Adopted by the South Carolina Chiropractic Association Board of Directors, February 12, 2000


Avoiding Tobacco May Help Prevent Back and Neck Pain

Dr. Luke Henry, DC


As a chiropractic physician, I help people with neck and back pain, which is commonly the result of disease of the intervertebral discs. The discs are like shock absorbers between the bones in the spine. When they bulge, herniate or degenerate it can pinch or irritate the delicate nerves and cause terrible pain. The pain may localize to the spine or can radiate to an arm or shoot down a leg. There may also be numbness, tingling or weakness associated with a disc problem. Bulging or herniated discs may result from an injury, such as improper lifting, sports injury or an auto accident. Disc problems may also develop gradually over time from wear and tear. Family history may play a role but while you can’t change heredity you can have a significant positive impact through lifestyle. In my experience as a practicing doctor of chiropractic, almost everyone knows that smoking is bad for health and causes lung cancer, but what most of the thousands of patients I’ve treated didn’t know is that smoking also contributes to disease of the spinal discs.20% of American adults smoke, with 80% of those smoking daily. There is convincing scientific evidence that tobacco smoking leads to disc degeneration. Tobacco smoking causes DNA damage leading to premature aging of the disc cells. Nicotine is also a vasoconstrictor, meaning that it causes blood vessels to constrict and limits blood flow. Some authors have hypothesized that reduced blood flow may leads to disc degeneration by limiting nutrients to the discs. When the discs wear, it can cause neck or back pain. At my office we are well prepared to help patients with bulging, herniated and degenerative discs but I also expect patient to help themselves through lifestyle. Quitting tobacco eliminates the most common cause of preventable death. Quitting (AKA smoking cessation) reduces risk of cancer, helps with circulation and lowering blood pressure and will likely make you live longer. It’s not easy but there are resources to help.

Free Resources to help quit:
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: http://betobaccofree.hhs.gov/

National Cancer Institute – Cigarette Smoking: Health Risks and How to Quit: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/tobacco/quit-smoking-pdq

American Cancer Society – Guide to Quitting Smoking: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/guidetoquittingsmoking/index

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – How to Quit: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/index.htm

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Tobacco Cessation: http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/TobaccoCessation/


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Ogawa T, Matsuzaki H, Uei H, Nakajima S, Tokuhashi Y, Esumi M. Alteration of gene expression in intervertebral disc degeneration of passive cigarette- smoking rats: separate quantitation in separated nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus. Pathobiology 2005; 72:146-51; PMID:15860932; http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000084118

Holm S, Nachemson A. Nutrition of the intervertebral disc: acute effects of cigarette smoking. An experimental animal study. Ups J Med Sci 1988; 93:91-9; PMID:3376356; http://dx.doi.org/10.1517/03009734000000042

Uematsu Y, Matuzaki H, Iwahashi M. Effects of nicotine on the intervertebral disc: an experimental study in rabbits. J Orthop Sci 2001; 6:177-82; PMID:11484105; http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s007760100067

Mattila VM, Saarni L, Parkkari J, Koivusilta L, Rimpela A. Early risk factors for lumbar discectomy: an 11-year follow-up of 57,408 adolescents. Eur Spine J 2008; 17:1317-23; PMID:18682991; http://dx. doi.org/10.1007/s00586-008-0738-2



Study Finds Chiropractic More Effective than Other Treatment and Highly Cost-Effective for Neck and Low Back Pain

Dr. Luke Henry, D.C.

Dr. Choudhry and Dr. Milstein found that for neck pain and back pain chiropractic is widely used (almost half of chronic back pain sufferers seek chiropractic care), is more effective than any other treatment option, and is “highly cost-effective”. Chiropractic and exercise was found effective.

I have helped thousands of people from Greenville, Greer, Simpsonville, Taylors, and the surrounding area to get fast pain relief and lasting results without drugs or surgery. If you have back or neck pain, call to find out if you’re a candidate for our services. If for some reason I can’t help you then I’ll refer you to the appropriate specialist.

Greenville Chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry Recognized for Cost Efficiency

Dr. Luke Henry’s chiropractic office at 1314 Pelham Road in Greenville, South Carolina has been designated a “Center of Excellence” by Health Network Solutions (HNS), a managed care company that services Cigna, Medcost, Blue Cross Blue Shield (North Carolina) and others. HNS utilization report rated Dr. Henry, “excellent” and stated, “We commend you on the delivery of cost-efficient care”. Dr. Henry is a preferred provider for most insurances. Our office accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, South Carolina State Health Plan, Blue Choice, Federal Blue Cross, PAI, Cigna, Medcost, United Healthcare, Aetna, Medicare, auto accidents, worker’s compensation and others. Call 864-288-7797 for an appointment.

Greenville Chiropractor Presents at National Spinal Decompression Conference

Greenville, SC chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry instructs at national nonsurgical spinal disc decompression conference.
Greenville, SC chiropractor Dr. Luke Henry instructs at national nonsurgical spinal disc decompression conference.

Greenville, SC, November 7-8, 2015 – Dr. Luke Henry, a Greenville chiropractor, traveled to Dallas, Texas to instruct at Parker University’s National Decompression Certificate Program. More than 50 chiropractic physicians and a number of chiropractic assistants from across the U.S. and Canada attended, making this the largest attendance to date since the program began in 2012.

According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain affects 80% of Americans with more than one quarter of adults experiencing low back pain during the last 3 months. Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In some cases, back pain persists despite medical treatments.

Spinal decompression is a new noninvasive method that relieves spinal pain without the cost or risk associated with back surgery. Decompression devices are FDA cleared, with computer technology that distracts a specific level of the spine without muscular contraction. Research has shown that decompression lowers pressure inside the discs into -100 to -150 mm Hg range. This negative pressure increases nutrition to allow healing, restores lost disc height, and frees up compressed or irritated nerves. Most patients receive 20-25 treatments over 6 to 8 weeks. Neurosurgeons Norman Shealy, M.D. and Dennis McClure, M.D. found success rates from 86% to 92% with no known serious adverse effects.

Dr. Henry, who is the author of peer-reviewed scientific publications, was invited to present and lectured on a multifaceted treatment protocol for bulging, herniated and degenerative discs that includes chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, and low-level laser therapy. He also served as examination proctor.

Dr. Henry, said, “Many patients have already tried medication, physical therapy, chiropractic, and injections but are still suffering. Our new nonsurgical approach brings relief and results”.

Dr. Henry answers questions on nonsurgical spinal decompression and how to help difficult cases
Dr. Henry answers questions on nonsurgical spinal decompression and how to help difficult cases, including the addition of cold laser therapy to a multimodal chiropractic approach.

Dr. Henry is a graduate of Clemson University and Sherman College of Chiropractic and he completed postgraduate training in whiplash. Dr. Henry presented a mini-review of the medical literature on low-level laser therapy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April, 2015. His most recent paper was published in the Internet Journal of Chiropractic. Dr. Henry provides nonsurgical treatments for neck pain, back pain and auto accident injuries. Henry Chiropractic Clinic, LLC, is located at 1314 Pelham Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29615. For more information, contact www.henryclinic.com or call (864) 288-7797.

Greenville Chiropractor Authors New Nonsurgical Decompression Treatment for Herniated Discs

A new nonsurgical approach may offer the answer to back or leg pain from herniated discs without surgery. Dr. Luke Henry’s paper, “Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Of Lumbar Disc Herniation: A Case Report And Proposed Multimodal Chiropractic Treatment Approach” has been published in the Internet Journal of Chiropractic, an open access, peer-reviewed research journal. The paper describes the nonsurgical care of a patient with a 16 mm lumbar disc herniation producing nerve compression. The patient’s lower back and leg pain, weakness and numbness resolved with a treatment plan combining chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression and cold laser therapy. The patient was able to resume work after three visits and he experienced progressive improvement in his ability to sleep, stand and walk. Symptomatic and functional improvement was maintained at a 6 month follow up. Dr. Henry encouraged further research on this new noninvasive approach. Dr. Henry is a graduate of Clemson University and Sherman College of Chiropractic. He is a member of the South Carolina Chiropractic Association and practices in Greenville, South Carolina.

Dr. Henry’s paper is available at: