Thursday, July 11, 2019

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

The pelvis plays a crucial role in supporting our upper bodies, so when it’s in pain, that’s a big problem. The Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro is dedicated to providing patients with low-risk, fast-acting pain relief, and when they come to us complaining of hip pain, we have lots of options available.

The sacroiliac joints are what connect the spine to the pelvis. The sacrum is a large body made up of fused vertebrae just beneath the lumbar section of the back, and the iliac bones are the top ridges of the pelvis. When there is inflammation here it is called “sacroiliitis,” although dysfunction does not always result in inflammation. No spinal nerves pass through the sacrum, but pain in the sacroiliac joints can still radiate to the lower back or down the legs. It tends to be worse after the patient has been standing or walking up stairs.

We will want to test patients complaining of hip pain for infections, but sacroiliac dysfunction is usually caused by acute or chronic injury. If a joint is dislocated, we can perform an adjustment. We can also loosen tight gluteal muscles with electric muscle stimulation. Stronger pelvic muscles will relieve pressure from the sacroiliac joints; we can advise patients on which exercises will subject them to the least impact force.

Dr. Jay McClanahan operates the Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center at 642 Cross Lanes Drive, Nitro, West Virginia, 25143. To schedule an appointment, visit Dr J Back Doc WV or call 304-776-1520.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Disc Herniation

The spine is an incredibly important part of the human body. It’s necessary for controlling your everyday functions. Vertebra composes the spine, with intervertebral discs between them. When these become herniated or “slip out” of place, patients may experience excruciating pain. Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, in Nitro, WV, provides treatment for herniated discs.

Your appointment with Dr. McClanahan starts with a physical examination. He checks if your reflexes are intact and the level of sensation along your nerves. Make sure to share any pertinent medical history with him. Lastly, your spine is fully evaluated. Your Nitro chiropractor will pinpoint exactly where the herniated disc is.

The next step is designing a treatment plan. This mainly consists of spinal manipulation. This moves the disc back into place, relieving all the painful symptoms. Dr. McClanahan takes your body’s pain levels, overall health, and activity into consideration.

There are some patients that aren’t eligible for treatment. In the case of advanced injuries, consulting with a spinal surgeon may be necessary.

A herniated disc can happen for a variety of reasons. Falling or injuring yourself is the main cause. There are also genetic factors like degenerative spinal diseases.

Contact Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center today. We are located in Nitro, WV. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay McClanahan, visit our website or call 304-776-1520.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Deep Tissue Massage

Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, located in Nitro, WV, offers Deep Tissue Massage to our patients. This type of massage focuses on intense muscle manipulation instead of simple relaxation techniques. If you are suffering from muscle adhesions due to a chronic illness or injury, deep tissue massage can help.

A traditional massage has a variety of benefits. But when you have a specific area that needs help, deep tissue massage is best. These sore areas are caused by an injury or even whiplash resulting from an auto accident. It’s also beneficial to repetitive-strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and inflammation. When other forms of treatment fail, deep tissue massage gives positive results to patients with muscle spasms, tenderness, and chronic pain.

You first need a consultation before receiving a deep tissue massage treatment. A certified massage therapist will examine you and your injuries. This helps them better understand what you’re hoping to achieve from your massage therapy. The massage therapist will then focus and apply pressure to the outlined area. This relaxes inflamed tissue while relieving pain. If you experience any discomfort during the massage let your therapist know.

Expect soreness after each session. Your massage therapist may recommend icing the injured area afterward. Overall, any discomfort should pass within a day or so.

Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located in Nitro, WV. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay McClanahan, visit our website or call 304-776-1520.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Youth Massage

Children of all ages can benefit from the health effects of massage. At Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV, our staff caters to patients of all ages. For children, massages provide them with physical contact needed for human development. Massages reduce stress, strengthening children's immune systems as well.

Dr. Jay McClanahan’s practice specializes in massaging infants to older children. For infants, massage has been used for centuries to promote a healthy lifestyle. One of the first senses a newborn develops is touch. Human contact helps them grow and bond emotionally and physically. The specific needs of a newborn body are taken into account when providing them with a massage.

Children with special needs can also benefit from massage. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can be regulated through massage. Patients report an increased ability to focus and control themselves. This improves not only the child’s home and social life but their academic career, too. Children who struggle with sleeping problems may also benefit from massage. Results show an easier time falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night.

If you’re interested in learning more about our youth massage programs, or our other services, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay McClanahan today. Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located in Nitro, WV. Visit our website for online contact information or call 304-776-1520.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Weight Loss Program

At Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we encourage our patients to make healthy choices. A healthy diet along with exercise will help to prevent back pain and your overall wellness. Dr. J’s weight loss program is designed to help our patients lose weight, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce back pain. We provide weight loss seminars for patients who are interested in a healthier life.

Regardless of your goals, our weight loss program will help you get to where you want to go through personal guidance. Our program was developed by a doctor of nutrition in Europe, is the most popular weight loss program in Canada, and is now available in the United States.

Don’t forget to sign up for your free consultation to evaluate your weight and a plan to help you get to where you want to go. Patients who attend our seminars and start the program will be offered incentives by Dr. J. The time to change your life is now, and at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center.

If you’re interested in learning more about our weight loss seminars and program, or our other services, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay McClanahan today. Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located in Nitro, WV. Visit our website for online contact information or call 304-776-1520.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Whiplash

When you’re involved in a car accident, you may not feel soreness or pain at the time. However, the following days you might be experiencing severe pain, most commonly in your head, neck, and shoulder. Those are common symptoms of whiplash, which is the force that moves your neck backward and forward during accidents. At Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we advise our patients who have been in an accident to seek chiropractic care.

When possible, we encourage our patients to look for symptoms following a car accident. These symptoms include neck pain/stiffness, lower back pain, and blurred vision, ringing in the ears, headache, shoulder pain, and nausea. Our doctors are trained in Human Biomechanics to help diagnose and treat these symptoms.

The benefit of chiropractic care is a pain-free approach that doesn’t involve painkillers and other medications. Dr. J and his staff treat injuries through spinal realignment that takes pressure off of your nerves and provide pain relief.

If you’re interested in learning more about car accidents and whiplash, or our other services, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay McClanahan today. Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located in Nitro, WV. Visit our website for online contact information or call 304-776-1520.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Custom Foot Orthotics

Our orthotics are custom-made devices that go on the inside of your shoes and are designed to help with foot, knee, and lower back pain. At Dr. J Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we make orthotics that provide a cushion for your feet to realign the bones of the foot and ankle and take pressure off other parts of your musculoskeletal system.

Since orthotics are designed to fit your feet, they can be slipped into most shoes and can be used for walking and any other physical activity. The weight distribution of your feet will impact the alignment of the rest of your body, which is why it is important to be able to distribute weight on them evenly. An unhealthy gait could put excessive pressure on your knee or back tissues, resulting in soreness and strains from overuse.

Orthotics sold in drug stores aren’t specific to your feet and are less optimal at providing the balance and support they need. As a preventive measure to get the most foot support possible, Dr. Jack McClanahan recommends all patients see him for custom orthotics. His custom orthotics can last well over a year and realign your feet so you can be active and pain-free.

To learn more about custom orthotics and all the services we provide at the practice, visit www.drjbackdocwv.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV, call 304-776-1520.