Saturday, July 11, 2020

Cranial Manipulation

Did you know that your cranium can become “stuck?” Whereas your primary doctor treats your problem symptomatically with prescription or over-the-counter drugs, we at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center believe in a more holistic approach. Dr. Jay McClanahan is experienced with finding the right treatment plan unique to a patient’s issue. Your Nitro, WV, chiropractor is excited to offer a technique called cranial manipulation, to help patients restore head and body mobility.

Cranial manipulation involves the gentle application of manual force to address somatic dysfunctions of the head and body. It is an innovative approach to treating chronic conditions such as:

- Headaches and migraines
- Cranial dysfunction
- MDDS
- Postural distortions and scoliosis
- Facial swelling
- Malocclusion
- Difficulty chewing
- Pain in the face, neck, jaw, or shoulders
- Forward head posture
- TMJ dysfunction
- Multiple sclerosis
- Vertigo
- Low back pain
- Bell's palsy
- Trigeminal neuralgia

Do you think you could benefit from cranial manipulation? We are happy to address any questions or concerns that come up! Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located at 642 Cross Lanes Drive in Nitro, WV 25143. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit drjbackdocwv.com or call the office at 304-776-1520.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder that affects the nervous system. Inflammation damages the myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds the nerves. This causes a variety of neurological problems and even loss of control of the limbs. Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center provides an alternative treatment for patients with MS. Visit his office in Nitro, WV, to learn more.

Many patients with MS have control of their limbs much of the time. Still, the joint pain does affect mobility and quality of life. Plus, many patients with MS also have other autoimmune conditions. But what happens if medication and pharmaceuticals aren’t enough? That’s where your Nitro, WV, chiropractor comes in.

Medications aren’t always 100% effective and lose strength over time. Chiropractic care provides you with pain relief without reliance on drugs. It will improve your overall happiness and welfare. Your Nitro, WV, chiropractor focuses on your body as a whole. Instead of just treating your symptoms, Dr. McClanahan works to find the root of the cause. The spine hosts the headquarters for your body’s nerves. If a vertebra is out of alignment, it worsens and creates painful symptoms. Chiropractic treatments work to correct these displaced vertebrae. These treatments reduce inflammation and pain.

Patients find success with various forms of spinal manipulation, especially the Blair chiropractic technique. This focuses on the area between the neural canal and the brainstem. Working on these upper cervical vertebrae show positive results in MS patients.

If you or a loved one are suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS), contact Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay McClanahan, call 304-776-1520 or visit https://www.drjbackdocwv.com/meet-the-doctor.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Parkinson's disease

Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, located in Nitro, WV, provides chiropractic treatment for patients suffering from many medical conditions. This includes help for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the brain's production of dopamine. This chemical helps your body conduct normal muscle movements. Over time, patients struggle with basic body movements and possibly cognitive function. Chiropractic care can improve the quality of life for patients struggling with PD.

The most common and identifiable aspect of PD is tremors or shaking throughout the body. It occurs even when a patient isn’t moving at all. Other symptoms include balance problems, stiffness, and slow movement. This is a progressive disease, meaning that the symptoms will get worse over time. That’s where treatment from your Nitro, WV, chiropractor comes in.

The basic lines of treatment for PD are through medications. Yet many times these drugs are not enough. They can produce undesirable side effects or even lose effectiveness. Chiropractic treatment improves a patient's quality of life by optimizing health for the spine. Spinal or chiropractic manipulation adjusts troubled areas of the spine. This entails vertebrae that have moved out of their normal position, etc. Many patients with Parkinson’s have misalignments in their neck, known as cervical subluxations. Dr. McClanahan uses chiropractic manipulation to adjust these cervical vertebrae back into place.

The results of chiropractic treatment on PD showed a large reduction of symptoms in patients. Reports showed patients experienced fewer tremors, back pain, fatigue, and mobility restrictions.

Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located in Nitro, WV. Dr. Jay McClanahan can help patients with Parkinson’s disease get the help they need. To schedule an appointment, call 304-776-1520 or visit https://www.drjbackdocwv.com/meet-the-doctor.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Vertigo

If you’ve ever stood up too fast or performed a handstand, you might have felt dizzy temporarily. This is nothing compared to vertigo, the feeling of dizziness combined with the sensation that you are spinning when you are standing perfectly still. This condition makes it hard to go about your everyday life due to feeling sick and nauseous. Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV, offers treatment for vertigo. Learn more by contacting our office.

Vertigo is the result of the way your brain and inner ear communicate. As mentioned, the main symptoms are dizziness with the sensation of spinning. Other symptoms include:

-Nausea
-Difficulties balancing
-Headaches
-Tinnitus
-Sweating

This condition is common with patients suffering from some sort of neck or head trauma. Other times it’s caused by damage to the inner ear, including infections and pressure changes. Chiropractic treatment at our office in Nitro, WV, can help regardless of the cause.

Chiropractic care focuses on your body as a whole, not just your symptoms. By keeping your body in harmony and working at it’s best, you live a healthier and happier life. Different types of chiropractic manipulations and exercises are available. Cervical vertigo occurs after an injury to the neck. The joints are moved out of place, creating confusion between your body and brain that results in dizziness. Chiropractic manipulation to the cervical vertebrae reconnects the neural pathways in the spine.

Another treatment possibility focuses on readjusting your head into certain positions. This helps realign parts of the ear that have moved out of place. Talk to your Nitro, WV, chiropractor about what treatments would work best for you.

Dr. Jay McClanahan is a chiropractor in the Nitro, WV, area. To schedule an appointment at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, call 304-776-1520 or visit https://www.drjbackdocwv.com/meet-the-doctor.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Kyphosis

Kyphosis is a condition where a patient develops a rounded middle back. Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center offers nonsurgical and pharmaceutical-free treatment. At our office in Nitro, WV, we work with you to find the cause of this abnormal appearance. In most cases, it is traced back to poor posture. Certain patients can be born with kyphosis or develop it in response to trauma. By finding the exact cause, Dr. McClanahan helps you get the appropriate treatment.

At your appointment in Nitro, WV, Dr. McClanahan will start by asking you some simple questions about your medical history. The next step is a physical examination, where he touches the spine to feel for tenderness and mobility. Imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI might be necessary.

A big aspect of treatment is correcting your posture. Dr. McClanahan works with you to reduce your inflammation and muscle spasms, optimize spinal health, slow further degeneration of the spine, and treat your intervertebral discs.

Undergoing spinal manipulation, also known as spinal adjustment, is the first step. This will improve your joint movement by minimizing inflammation. Dr. McClanahan uses his hands or a tool to gently stimulate the nervous system, returning normal motion to the spine.

Manual therapy treatments are another possibility. This targets tightened or painful muscles through direct pressure. This relieves tension and pain due to the kyphosis symptoms.

Dr. Jay McClanahan provides chiropractic treatment for patients in the Nitro, WV, area. If you are suffering from Kyphosis, schedule an appointment at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center today. Call 304-776-1520 or visit https://www.drjbackdocwv.com/meet-the-doctor.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash

Some car accidents leave a driver in debilitating pain if the crash is forceful enough. But that doesn’t mean you have to live out the rest of your life in pain! Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV, is there for you when accidents happen. Dr. Jay McClanahan is experienced in finding the right treatment plan unique to a patient’s problem. 

Whiplash is the most common injury from an auto accident. According to Mayo Clinic, “whiplash is a neck injury due to forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the neck, like the cracking of a whip.” When a part of the body is whipped back and then forward beyond its normal range of motion, micro-tears form in the surrounding ligaments. Usually, it’s when the micro-tears start to swell that the symptoms begin. Symptoms of whiplash include:

- Neck pain and stiffness
- Low back pain
- Blurred vision
- Headache
- Dizziness
- Shoulder pain
- Limited range of motion of the neck
- Arm pain

Chiropractic care not only treats these symptoms but corrects the root of the problem as well. A chiropractor takes a more holistic approach to treatment and avoids using drugs that only treat symptomatically. Dr. J helps relieve pain, restore mobility, and support long-term healing with a variety of techniques. 

Have you recently suffered an auto accident and think you might have whiplash? We can assess the damage and get you started on a treatment plan. If you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed, we are happy to help! Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located at 642 Cross Lanes Drive in Nitro, WV 25143. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit drjbackdocwv.com or call the office at 304-776-1520.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Tension Headaches

When you combine poor posture, stress, and constant errand-running (which definitely causes stress), you may experience a tension headache. This is a signal that your body is taking on a lot at once! There are many things that can bring on a tension headache, such as constantly looking down at your phone, staring at a screen all day, or driving for several hours without rest. We at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV, think it’s important to recognize what your body is telling you and then take care of your body accordingly.

There are two types of tension headaches: chronic and episodic. Chronic tension headaches happen frequently, with pain developing on both sides of the head, the forehead, and at the base of the skull. Our chiropractic treatments will help decrease the severity and frequency since these headaches are more associated with tightness and misalignment in the neck vertebrae. Episodic tension headaches occur from stressful events and are often treated with over-the-counter medication.

6 ways to prevent tension headaches:

- Minimize stress
- Use over-the-counter medicine
- Take breaks
- Adjust the way you sleep
- Stretch and exercise
- Consistent chiropractic appointments

Do you have frequent tension headaches and think you can benefit from chiropractic adjustments? We are happy to address any questions or concerns that come up. Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center is located at 642 Cross Lanes Drive in Nitro, WV 25143. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit drjbackdocwv.com or call the office at 304-776-1520.