Welcome to Thrive

THRIVE is a collaborative platform of conventional, integrative, & functional medicine practitioners coming together in one setting to provide personalized healthcare to clients.
Working Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM EST


M - Th 8a - 5p, F 8a - 4p, Sa 10a - 1p, Su - Closed


6401 Carnegie Blvd, Suite 2A, Charlotte, NC 28211


Chiropractic Care

Services Offered

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is when trained specialists (chiropractors) use hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and the body’s overall physical function.

Types of Chiropractic Techniques:

  • Full Spine Diversified
  • Thompson Drop Table
  • Activator
  • Sacral Occipital Technique (SOT)
  • Applied Kiniesology (AK) (NET)
  • Cox Flexion Distraction (Only at Thrive Carolinas)

Graston Technique

Graston Technique® utilizes a set of six stainless steel dull edged instruments, for soft tissue mobilization therapy and fascial restrictions. Each instrument is individual and precise for a specific part of the body. This pinpoints the exact area of concern. Graston focuses on stretching connective tissue and muscle fibers to promote healing. Typical treatment time is over a four-to-five-week period. “Graston Technique is Clinically Proven to Achieve Quicker and Better Outcomes in Treating”

Cup Therapy

Cupping Myofascial Release (CMFR) or commonly referred to as “cupping therapy”, dynamic cupping massage combines the use of a suction devices (cup) and traditional massage techniques to create negative pressure on the skin.

Types of Cup Therapy:

  • Rock Tape Vibe Pods (Vibration Cups)
  • Rock Tape Glide Pods (Gliding Cups)
  • Stationary Cups
  • Cupping while doing Physical Therapy

Dry Needling

Dry needling uses a fine filament needle to create tiny lesions in soft tissue. The body regenerates fresh tissue to replace the lesioned tissue in three to 10 days, without forming scar tissue.

With this treatment method, an anti-inflammatory immune reaction restores tissue and promotes self-healing. It all happens without the side effects often caused by anti-inflammatory drugs.

Can be used with or without muscle electric stem

Corrective Exercises

When speaking about the healing process, a patient’s accountability is most effective when taking on a multi-faceted approach. Alongside treatment, Dr. Wheeler gives his patients well researched, patient specific exercises. To correct any muscular or movement imbalances, mobility or stability exercises will be chosen by Dr. Wheeler.

Following an injury, it’s important to build strength in the damaged area, as well as areas around it. The combination of mobility and stability exercises for certain muscle groups help the body regain strength, mobility, and proper biomechanics.

Functional Movement Screen

The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) was developed by Gray Cook and colleagues. The FMS is a set of seven full-body movement tests created to gauge fundamental patterns of movement.

FMS is used as a tool to pinpoint imbalances in movement. The FMS intent is to establish inequalities in mobility and stability during seven fundamental movement patterns. The system was created to provide an outline to address movement issues and disorders. The basic principles can be applied to almost anyone. Poor movement can be linked to underlying issues or injury potentially leading to future injury and longer recovery times.

After FMS is completed, a carefully developed exercise program is outlined to strengthen the opportunities and address imbalances in movement.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment

The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) was developed by Gray Cook and colleagues, the same group who developed the Functional Movement Systems. The SFMA is meant to be used in a diagnostic capacity for musculoskeletal assessment when pain is present.

The SFMA consists of a series of ten functional movements designed to assess fundamental movement patterns of individuals with known musculoskeletal pain. These ten whole body functional movements are then further assessed via algorithms of impairment-based assessments called “breakouts” that dissect each pattern to identify the source of the dysfunction. The system is intended to help identify meaningful impairments, some of which may initially appear unrelated to the primary complaint, in order to facilitate the development and implementation of an individualized plan of care (POC).


Appointment availability:

– Monday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

– Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

– Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

– Thursday: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

– Friday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Dr. Joe Wheeler

Dr. Joe Wheeler graduated from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. While in Chiropractic school, he focused his education on managing the muscular and fascial systems of the human body. Upon graduation, Dr Wheeler mentored under Dr. Ashli Linkhorn learning the art of Graston Technique (IASTM) as well as obtaining a Functional Movement Screen and Selective Functional Movement Assessment. Joe avidly enjoys working with athletes of all ages to help them recover from injuries & improve performance. With years of experience as a yoga teacher, Dr. Wheeler utilizes a variety of soft tissue management methods to help patients obtain their peak functional and performance based goals.

An athlete growing up, Joe focused mostly on baseball up until high school and now executes his competitive nature at MADabolicY2 YogaCross Conditioning Training, the golf course, volleyball court & cycling classes.


  • Graston Technique Specialist (M1, M2, GTS)
  • Structure & Function Dry Needling – SFDN1
  • Structure & Function Dry Needling – Upper Extremity
  • Functional Movement Screen – Level 1
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment – Level 1
  • Registered Yoga Teacher – 220 hr.