Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pinched Nerve

Dr. Jay McClanhan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center treats a wide variety of back and spinal conditions. This includes pinched nerves. Have you ever twisted or moved your body in a way that resulted in sharp pain? Did it restrict mobility in that region? You probably pinched a nerve. These manifest in any spot along the spine, affecting your lower, middle, and upper back. Your joints are vulnerable too. In some cases, the pinched nerve resolves itself. If it doesn’t, your Nitro, WV, chiropractor corrects it with spinal adjustments. 

If you’re worried that you’ve pinched a nerve, don’t panic. Evaluate the area for these symptoms: 

-Neck pain
-Extreme migraines or headaches
-Radiating pain in the arms and legs
-Pain in the spine
-Burning, tingling, or numbness in the extremities 
-Tenderness in the lower back

There are a few common causes of a pinched nerve. Most are due to other spinal conditions. These include subluxation, osteoarthritis, disc herniation, and disc degeneration. Many of these afflictions are asymptomatic at the beginning. It’s why regular chiropractic care is recommended. Your Nitro, WV, chiropractor detects any issues before they can truly manifest. 

At your appointment, Dr. McClanahan evaluates your spine. He can easily determine the area of the pinched nerve. He then moves forward with a spinal realignment. This is done quickly and painlessly with either his hands or a small tool. After, your pain will subside in a few days. 

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

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Frozen Shoulder

Shoulder pain, when left untreated, takes over every area of your life. It becomes impossible to engage in everyday activities. Don’t wait for it to get this bad. Contact Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV. You are most likely experiencing a condition known as Frozen Shoulder. Dr. Jay McClanahan characterizes this condition with constant pain and shoulder stiffness for upwards of two years. Without treatment, your sleep and mental health are disrupted. It can also lead to other pain problems. 

This condition begins with inflammation in the shoulder’s joint capsule. This is where the bones attach to the ligaments through the joint. The inflammation seizes the ligaments, greatly constricting your range-of-motion. From here, the frozen shoulder develops in three stages: 

-Painful, freezing stage: you start to feel increasing pain in the shoulder. You’ll notice that your range-of-motion is becoming limited. 
-Adhesive, frozen stage: the pain starts to diminish. Your shoulder has more mobility but feels stiffer. 
-Thawing or recovery stage: your range-of-motion slowly improves.

The cause of frozen shoulder is unknown. People over the age of forty are at a greater risk of developing it. This is especially true in women. Other shoulder conditions also put you at risk.

A diagnosis is made after an examination by your Nitro, WV, chiropractor. Dr. McClanahan performs a physical exam and asks a few questions. He might ask you to perform a few physical movements. These allow him to determine the injury’s severity. He’ll order various Imaging tests. 

Your treatment depends entirely upon your injury. The earlier you get treatment, the better. Various techniques decrease your pain while improving your range-of-motion. 

If you are experiencing any sort of shoulder pain, don’t wait to contact Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Conveniently located in Nitro, WV, we are here for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay McClanahan, visit his website or call 304-776-1520. 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Knee Pain

Knee pain can affect anyone. Whether you’re a professional athlete, a workout buff, or just performing your daily activities, you are at risk. Even worse, knee pain is a condition that is often ignored. Don’t wait for your knee pain to reach critical levels before contacting Dr. J Chiroractic & Wellness Center. Unlike other medical professionals, your chiropractor, Dr. Jay McClanahan, is trained to evaluate and treat knee pain. Treatment is available through manipulation, adjustments, and stretching. To learn more, contact our office in Nitro, WV. 

Your knee is an important part of the body. It provides stability and balance while bearing the brunt of your weight. Pay attention to any pain felt when walking, sitting, or going up and down the stairs. These are the warning signs of a serious knee problem. This is especially true if you notice popping, grinding, or clicking sounds when squatting or kneeling. 

Your Nitro, WV, chiropractor provides treatment based on the severity of your knee. It’s recommended you undergo a combination of therapies. These focus on strengthening and stretching your knee through chiropractic adjustments. There is also soft tissue treatment and joint support tapping. 

Other possible treatments for knee pain include: 

-Spinal decompression
-Trigger point therapy
-Knee braces
-Therapeutic exercise

Knee pain is a problem that should never go ignored. If you experience it, contact Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center right away. Early prevention and intervention is the key to a healthy life. Our office is conveniently located in Nitro, WV. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay McClanahan, visit his website or call 304-776-1520. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Allergy Relief with Chiropractic Treatment


The changing of the seasons is both a wondrous and beautiful time. Unfortunately, it also brings seasonal allergies. For patients with severe allergies, autumn can be downright miserable. Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center has a solution. Your Nitro, WV, chiropractor provides allergy treatment. This is a natural alternative that works just as well as pharmaceuticals.

You may not realize it, but your immune and nervous systems are directly connected. Your immune system is thrust into overdrive during allergy season. This throws your entire body off-balance. After a thorough examination at your first appointment, Dr. McClanahan will likely suggest spinal adjustments. Realigning your spine brings your body back into harmony.

Your nervous system is housed throughout your spine. It allows communication between your brain and everywhere else. That’s why a spinal subluxation requires quick treatment. A spinal blockage creates a communication barrier. Your allergies and other conditions worsen. Your Nitro, WV, treats this with spinal manipulation. Using either his hands or a small tool, he pushes the misaligned areas back into place.

Stress levels also aggravate your allergies. When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands go into overtime. It’s harder for you to regulate your bodily reaction to allergens. A spinal realignment helps reduce cortisol, the stress hormone.

Making lifestyle changes help as well. When you exercise, you strengthen your respiratory system. It reduces the effects of environmental allergens. Your respiratory system is the most affected by the changing of the seasons. It contains your ears, throat, nose, and lungs.

Don’t let allergies keep you from enjoying this fall! With chiropractic treatment provided by Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, this season will be the best yet! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jay McClanahan, visit his website or call 304-776-1520.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Headache Relief


Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, located in Nitro, WV, provides headache-relieving treatment for patients. There are a few recommended treatments, including exercises, spinal manipulation, and massage. Your quality of life doesn't need to suffer due to chronic headaches. We provide holistic treatments. There’s no need to worry about possibly harmful medications. To learn more, contact our office today.

There are a few different headache types we commonly treat: migraines, tension, and cervicogenic. Each type responds to treatment differently, hence why we use various methods.

Cervicogenic headaches are identifiable by the one-sided pain felt. It starts at the back of your head before moving to the front. Chiropractic treatment is great for this type of headache. This is due to their cause. It’s believed that cervicogenic headaches stem from underlying neck problems or injuries. The best treatment route is spinal manipulation. Your Nitro, WV, chiropractor uses his hands or a device to apply force to the spine. Specifically, he targets the cervical spine (the part of the spine found in the neck).

For migraines recommended treatment includes neuromuscular massage and various lifestyle changes. Migraines are worsened versions of headaches, accompanied by symptoms like nausea and dizziness. Massages to the upper back relive pressure in various trigger points, easing your symptoms. Talk to your chiropractor about various lifestyle changes. Stress management and relaxation techniques help immensely.

Tension headaches result from muscle tension in the upper body. The best treatment for these is a gentler form of spinal manipulation. Dr. McClanahan applies pressure to the neck joints, moving them in cervical segments.

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Ice Therapy vs. Heat Therapy


It’s hard to know when you should apply heat or ice to an injury. It seems like everyone has a different opinion on the topic. Because of the constant miscommunication on this issue, Dr. Jay McClanahan has created this simple guide. At Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, located in Nitro, WV, we offer the best advice for our patients. In simple terms: ice is best for recent injuries while heat is great for sore and stiff muscles.

As expected, Ice or Cold Therapy consists of icing the injured area. Doing so greatly reduces the inflammation of the swollen tissue. Inflammation is a natural but painful part of the healing process. Applying ice makes it less uncomfortable. Ice therapy works best on superficial injuries.

Use Heat Therapy when treating aches and pains. Stiffness often results from chronic and muscle pain, along with stress. Heat is the perfect solution. It relaxes the muscles, creating better circulation and blood flow to the area. It both soothes and speeds up the healing process.

Be cautious when switching quickly between ice and heat therapy. Talk to your Nitro, WV, chiropractor beforehand.

Remember there are a few situations where these therapies should be avoided. Ice worsens stiffness and heat aggravates inflammation. It seems like common sense, but don’t apply heat to an area that’s burning up or ice when you’re shivering.

If you’ve recently suffered an injury or are dealing with untreatable pain, reach out to the staff at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center. Dr. Jay McClanahan offers a variety of treatments. To learn more or schedule an appointment at our Nitro, WV, office, visit our website or call 304-776-1520.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Chiropractic Treatment for Stress Relief


Everyone experiences stress in their lives. It’s only when it becomes an everyday occurrence that treatment is needed. Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center offers stress management services. Located in Nitro, WV, we work with you to make healthy changes in your life. Our chiropractic treatments show you how to adjust your posture, minimize muscle tension, and relax your entire system.

Untreated stress creates a ripple effect across your entire system. It increases your risk for infection and mental health conditions, along with disrupting your sleep cycle. Your Nitro, WV, chiropractor understands that your entire body is connected. When one area is underperforming, your whole body suffers. Don’t let untreated stress result in backaches, headaches, and muscle tension. Schedule an appointment with Dr. McClanahan today.

Our goal when treating your stress is restoring normal bodily functions. The first line of treatment is massages. This relieves the body’s stress reaction. Gently invigorating the soft tissues relieves muscle tension.

A blockage in your spine both causes and is caused by a misalignment. Removing the blockage alleviates your symptoms. At your appointment, your chiropractor evaluates your spine. Dr. McClanahan locates a blockage, then uses his hands or a small tool to push the area back into place.

Correcting your posture allows muscle relaxation. When you’re stressed, your posture takes a hit. Learning the recommended relaxation techniques and posture exercises brings your body back to normal.

Don’t feel down when you’re stressed out! The chiropractic staff here at Dr. J Chiropractic and Wellness Center can help. Located in Nitro, WV, Dr. Jay McClanahan is available by appointment. To schedule an appointment with him, visit his website or call 304-776-1520.