Wednesday, November 23, 2022

How Massage Therapy Works With Chiropractic


If ever there was a match made in heaven, massage therapy and chiropractic care are that match. Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Nitro, WV offers health and wellness services to residents of Nitro, Cross Lanes, Charleston, St. Albans, and Teays Valley WV. 

How chiropractic works

Chiropractic is a way of treating illness and injuries without having to use pain medication or surgery. It is a holistic approach that treats the entire person. When messages from the brain are traveling unencumbered throughout the body, it will operate more efficiently, and be able to heal itself. When the vertebrae are out of alignment, the messages can't get through and problems develop. 

Chiropractic adjustment is the procedure that the chiropractor uses to get the vertebrae back into alignment. There are many different types of adjustments, some are done with the hands and some are done with instruments. Some are very gentle and others can be quite vigorous. All of them have the same goal, to restore alignment. 

Massage therapy

Massage therapy also comes in several varieties and can be gentle and relaxing, or it can be applied with force as it goes after the trigger points that are causing your pain. In its more relaxing form, it is a warm up for a chiropractic adjustment. It stands alone when it is dealing with the trigger points that are the source of pain. 

Massage therapy is also part of an overall chiropractic health maintenance program. Along with nutritional counseling, chiropractic manipulation, massage therapy helps the body to perform at its optimal level. 

If you have been in an auto accident or had a sports injury, massage therapy goes hand in hand with other chiropractic therapies to resolve the pain that can result from these types of injuries. Getting a massage before or after your adjustment can help the results to be even more positive. While the chiropractic manipulation deals with the bones, the massage takes care of the soft tissues. They both assist the body in restoring its natural balance. 

Contact Dr. McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Nitro, WV when you are in need of chiropractic care together with massage therapy. Call us at 304-776-1520 for an appointment or use the form on our website.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

DOT Physical


Everything About DOT

When you need anything done that deals with DOT requirements and federal guidelines, Dr. Jay McClanahan has you covered. Please visit Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Cross Lanes Drive, Nitro, WV., for your next DOT physical. 

What is DOT?

DOT stands for the US Department of Transportation system in the United States. The DOT system is a massive network of, 

  • Highways
  • Airways
  • Railways
  • Rivers
  • Roads
  • Hundreds of waterways

DOT has over 60,000 employees within its management and organizational infrastructure. DOT employees must adhere to strict rules and federal regulations.  

DOT aims to improve public health and safety by decreasing fatalities and injuries associated with all means of transportation and promoting an excellent balance between work and home life through chiropractic care.

Dr. McClanahan at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Cross Lanes Drive, Nitro, WV, can set you up for a DOT physical, or we honor walk-in appointments.

What is Involved with a Physical for DOT Employees?

Dr. McClanahan does DOT physicals at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Cross Lanes Drive, Nitro, WV. The minimum age requirement to work for DOT is 21. You must understand, read, and speak fluent English.  You must have commercial driving experience and training and be licensed for CDL. Passing your physical through this clinic qualifies you for a job to drive a commercial motor vehicle. 

Once you arrive at this clinic, our doctor,

  • Fills out an Official Medical Examination Report 
  • The doctor assures all his, and your information is correct. 
  • Reviews in-depth medical history
  • List all medications you take
  • Tests vision, hearing, blood pressure, and urinalysis
  • Documents your general health
  • Oral cavity/throat
  • Heart/lungs
  • Abdomen
  • Urinary system
  • Limbs
  • Spine 
  • Musculoskeletal system

DOT generally overlooks corrective lenses and hearing aids. Your blood pressure must be no more than 140/90. Outside this range, you may have to have your blood pressure checked every three months to yearly. 

A urinalysis checks the urine for,

  • Sugar
  • Blood
  • Protein
  • Substances such as cocaine, amphetamines, THC, PCP, or opioids.

The doctor will look for and document specific physical issues. Have you experienced any of the following?

  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Paralysis
  • A Stroke or Heart Attack
  • Substance Abuse
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting Spells
  • Emotional or Mental Disorders
  • Overall Wellbeing

Call for Your Physical Today

The doctor must ascertain if you are physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy to drive a commercial motor vehicle. There are physical exemptions that DOT may consider.

Dr. McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, at 304-776-1520, 642 Cross Lanes Drive, Nitro, WV., asks you to bring the following to your appointment. 

  • Current DOT certificate, if you have one
  • Photo ID
  • List of current medications
  • List of pre-existing conditions

Thursday, November 10, 2022

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?


What is Chiropractic Medicine?

The conventional medical community calls upon these specialized doctors like Dr. Jay McClanahan to treat severe medical conditions like degenerative disc disease at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 642 Cross Lanes Drive, Nitro, WV 25143. 

This alternative treatment believes that the body is self-healing. However, over the last several years, chiropractic medicine has earned the respect it deserves, and now the traditional medical community works in conjunction with chiropractic doctors to enhance patient healing. 

Do You Suffer From Spinal Degeneration?

Spinal degeneration is, 

  • Progressive
  • Increasingly painful
  • Robs you of your quality of life
  • Makes walking difficult
Degenerative disc disease is loss of fluid in the spinal discs. These discs are what provide cushioning between the vertebrae, and without their fluid, they are less effective and more vulnerable to injury.

Spinal Degeneration is a Four Step Process Toward Disability

Spinal degeneration has four steps. Working with your doctor for a healthier back and spine is always possible, but early intervention can prevent the more severe results from developing. 

Phase 1

  • Average balance and curve
  • Minor bone loss
  • Pressure on the spine, nerves, discs, and joints
  • No pain or discomfort

Your chiropractic doctor can help you keep your back healthy and stop the progression of disc damage. 

Phase 2

  • Discs narrow
  • Bone deformities begin
  • Bad posture
  • Minor back pain 
  • Fatigue
  • Stressed 

There is still time for the chiropractic doctor to initiate a plan of care to keep your back healthy and reverse the damage. 

Phase 3

  • Physical and mental coercion
  • Increased bone stress 
  • Decreased energy
  • Experience a loss in height

The damage to your spine may be reversible through treatment by your chiropractic doctor. 

Phase 4

When you reach this phase of spinal degeneration, your only recourse is pain control. There is too much scar tissue, bone deformation, and nerve damage. Chiropractic treatments can still make you more comfortable, but the discs might not fully rebuild.

Seek help from Dr. McClanahan at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 642 Cross Lanes Drive, Nitro, WV 25143. Unfortunately, we cannot help you until you call us today at 304-446-1520. We serve the communities of Nitro, Cross Lanes, Charleston, St. Albans, and Teays Valley, WV.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Prevent Kyphosis


Kyphosis patients in Nitro, Cross Lanes, Charleston, St. Albans, and Teays Valley, WV, need to look after their spine. Dr. Jay McClanahan and his team at the Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center is there to look after your spinal needs, including preventing kyphosis, while simultaneously providing pain relief and working with you to improve your overall quality of life!

What Is Kyphosis?

Kyphosis is a condition that affects the spine, more common in females. People suffering from kyphosis,  a spinal deformity, are diagnosed via x-ray, where it is established that the curvature of your spine measures 50 degrees or more. There are three main types.

  • Postural kyphosis, also known as postural roundback
  • Scheuermann’s kyphosis
  • Congenital kyphosis

Causes of Kyphosis

If you have congenital kyphosis, it means that you were born with this condition of the spine, but it can also develop for one of the following reasons:

  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Metabolic imbalances
  • Familial risk
  • Low bone density
  • Age and poor posture

You are at risk of developing kyphosis if you suffer from Osteogenesis Imperfecta or Spina Bifida. Dr. McClanahan at the Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center serving Nitro, Cross Lanes, Charleston, St. Albans, and Teays Valley, WV, is available to help manage the symptoms and treat your kyphosis and, where possible, the underlying cause.

Symptoms of Kyphosis

Early treatment is vital, and some symptoms to watch out for include the following:

  • Shoulder or shoulder blade height differences
  • The head bends forward unnaturally compared to the rest of the body.
  • The height of the upper back is out of proportion when bending forward.
  • Tight hamstring muscles
  • Mild back pain

Prevention and Treatment of Kyphosis

The standard treatments for kyphosis are specialized exercises to help strengthen the back, bracing, or surgery. However, when it comes to our health, prevention is better than cure. First and foremost, if you are at risk of developing kyphosis, regular chiropractic check-ups are a must. This helps with early detection while keeping your spine at optimal health through manipulations and adjustments.

As we age, our bones become more brittle, and we are more prone to back pain and slouching. Chiropractic care keeps our muscles strong and toned while decreasing poor posture with a therapeutic exercise regime. Nutrition is another crucial aspect of helping to prevent kyphosis, and specific nutritional supplements help stabilize the metabolic system and support bone health.

Contact us!

If you need help preventing or treating kyphosis in the Nitro, Cross Lanes, Charleston, St. Albans, and Teays Valley, WV areas, look no further than Dr. McClanahan at the Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Call us today on 304-776-1520 to book an appointment for you or a family member.

Friday, October 28, 2022

Physical Rehab


Whether you have suffered an auto accident injury, or you have recently been injured at work, physical rehab in Nitro, WV is going to help you move forward from your injuries. At Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV, we understand the complexities of recovery after an accident, and how to provide you the treatment you need to heal. Chiropractic care is an excellent therapy to utilize when you are in pain and looking for natural pain management that doesn't involve medication. If you need physical rehab in Nitro, WV, it's time to schedule with Dr. Jay McClanahan for an evaluation.

Your Physical Rehab Assessment in Nitro, WV

When you receive an assessment from a chiropractor, you will go over your recent medical history and any complaints you may have regarding your health. Dr. McClanahan will take a look at any imaging that has been done, and take measurements to determine your current range of motion and strength throughout your body. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, and discuss your treatment goals. Once your assessment is complete, you can begin physical rehab to address problem areas. 

What to Expect From Physical Rehab in Nitro, WV

Physical rehab is a process, and you start off slowly getting treatment to align your spine and reduce inflammation. Chiropractic care focuses on spinal alignment, which will help to minimize inflammation. You will be taught exercises to do at home, to slowly strengthen and stretch your body. If you have any pain when exercising, it is important to stop the exercise and report this back to your provider. When you are recovering from an accident or injury, the exercises you are prescribed should not cause you further pain. You can expect therapy sessions two or three times a week for about a month, and you will eventually taper down sessions as you heal from your injuries. 

Contact Us for Physical Rehab in Nitro, WV Now

If you are in pain from a recent accident, and you are looking for physical rehab, it's time to see how a chiropractor can help. Contact Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV at 304-776-1520, and schedule an appointment with Dr. McClanahan. Get started on your rehab journey today, and get the care you deserve.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Recovering from Sports Injuries


Athletes in the Nitro, WV area recovering from sports injuries are fortunate enough to have Dr. Jay McClanahan and his team at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center at their disposal. Our state-of-the-art chiropractic center offers quality chiropractic care to help you recover from sports injuries and get back to doing the sport you love.

What Is a Sports Injury?

A sports injury occurs when the body's structure is affected negatively during sports practice or competition, and it is considered a global health problem. This is complicated by the fact that there is no standardized definition of what a sports injury is. However, a sports injury may include such symptoms and conditions as:

  • Sprain and strains
  • Swelling and swollen muscles
  • Fractures, breaks, and dislocations, including knee injuries
  • Tendon ruptures

Sports injuries can happen to anyone, from children participating in school sports or extramural activities to mature athletes and active or retired professionals.

Chiropractic Care for Athletes

Time is of the essence when an athlete is injured. Receiving a diagnosis and treatment is vital to aid in a quick recovery and relieve any pain. These days, athletes need to bounce back from injuries and perform better than they did before. None more so than professional athletes, who rely heavily on chiropractic care to get them back on their feet without too many OTC medications or invasive alternatives like surgery that could keep them out of action for extended periods.

Chiropractic care offers health care in a holistic way that looks to treat the body as a whole rather than as individual parts. This includes the spinal column, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Simultaneously, it supports the nervous system and promotes natural function and activation of the body's healing capabilities. The treatments that Dr. McClanahan and his team at the Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center serving Nitro, WV, offer to help with recovery include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments and manipulations
  • Massage therapy and therapeutic exercise
  • Spinal decompression

Preventing Sports Injuries

Chiropractic is not only for when you are hurt or recovering; preventative chiropractic treatments can help reduce injuries and improve your overall quality of life. Using the correct equipment and proper sporting techniques is also a good idea. In addition, you can avoid sports injuries by warming up correctly before exercising, cooling down afterward, easing into a fitness regime, and not pushing your body too hard or too fast.

Contact Us!

If you are recovering from sports injuries in the Nitro, WV area, reach out to Dr. McClanahan and his team at the Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center today at 304-776-1520 for an appointment so that we can help you on the road to recovery. 

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Problems in Facet Joints


Problems in the facet joints are more common than you think, which is why if you need a chiropractor in the Nitro, WV area, look no further than Dr. Jay McClanahan and his team at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Our chiropractic approach is more than making the pain disappear. It is also taking care of your body to improve your quality of life in the long run.

What Are Facet Joints?

The facet joints are those essential connectors between the bones of the spines. The roots of your nervous system run through them to go to other parts of your body. Facet joints also give the spine the mobility to move and twist but without exceeding the safe limits that would result in injuries. Furthermore, facet joints are lined with synovium, a particular type of connective tissue unique to specific joints in the body. They also contain lubricating joint fluid necessary for you to move smoothly.

Symptoms of Facet Joint Problems

Facet joint disease or syndrome is common as patients age and is when the facet joints become a source of pain. Your facet joints can also cause pain if they swell due to trauma or arthritis. The type of pain experienced will depend on which facet joints are affected.

If they are lower back facet joints, you will experience pain in the lumbar region with referred pain in the buttocks and thighs. If the facet joints affected are in the neck area, then you may struggle to turn your head without pain or suffer from headaches.

Dr. McClanahan at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center serving Nitro, WV, want you to know that your nerves may be affected if the facet joints swell so much that it causes blockages to the openings where the nerves pass through. Most people who suffer from facet joint syndrome complain that they must turn their whole body left or right to look in that direction. Patients may struggle to stand up from a seated position and walk hunched over.

Chiropractic for Facet Joint Problems

Chiropractic can help reduce and relieve pain caused by facet joint problems. Spinal adjustments and manipulations can help realign the spine and relieve the pressure on the facet joints. DTS therapy works to stretch and relax the spine through decompression, allowing blood and nutrients to flow to the affected area, improving healing and relieving pain.

Contact Us!

Take control of your health and quality of life today through chiropractic, exercise, and nutrition. Call Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center at 304-776-1520 to book your appointment with Dr. McClanahan to help relieve pain from swollen facet joints.