Wednesday, November 28, 2018

When to Seek Chiropractic Care

If you are suffering from back pain, you don’t need to wait for a certain threshold to seek treatment. At the Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, we utilize holistic therapies for musculoskeletal maintenance and pain relief that are safe and easy for patients. Nonetheless, there are certain situations in which it is especially important for patients to seek help.

As sports medicine doctors, we know that a lot of athletes are under the impression that pain is part of the game and they should play through it. But if back pain lasts longer for a week after an injury, the athlete should get a professional assessment in an office such as ours that can do imaging tests. Otherwise, they may be making an injury such as a frayed muscle worse. And if pain from a back injury lasts for longer than six weeks, a person should definitely seek an assessment, since that is how long back injuries generally take to heal naturally.

Symptoms of a pinched sciatic nerve always deserve fast attention. Those include tingling, numbness, or shooting pain in the legs, which could be caused by a slipped lumbar disc. Fevers or incontinence accompanied by leg pain merit emergency care, after which chiropractic can be used to restore and maintain a patient’s spinal health. A person should also always seek a professional assessment after being in a vehicular accident or other traumatic event that could have caused whiplash, since the consequences may not be felt immediately. Our office’s treatments, including massage therapy, spinal adjustments, and physical therapy, provide patients with pain relief while allowing the body to heal naturally, with a goal of allowing the patient to remain as active as possible.

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, November 22, 2018

Core Strengthening as Prevention

As a chiropractor and personal trainer, Dr. Jay McClanahan is trained to help patients improve their core strength. Back pain can be caused by all sorts of things, but one constant is that strong back muscles will help to take the strain off discs and ligaments, making them less vulnerable to overuse injuries.

As you could guess from its name, the core isn’t just the muscles that are visible from the outside. The rectus abdominis, the one seen in front, is the six-pack muscle, but toning it alone doesn’t do much to take pressure off the back. Instead, you want to strengthen all your core muscles, including the transverse abdominis that binds around the lower back and organs, the multifidi muscles that link up the spine, the obliques that connect the ribs to the pelvis, and the hip muscles that connect to the pelvis and influence the position of the lower spine. Increasing these muscles’ flexibility, if done properly, will prevent them from fraying.

You’ll need to consult with us to ensure you’re doing exercises that are safe for you and that you’re adding reps at an appropriate pace. But in general, it’s best to stick with low or no-impact exercises such as bird-dogging, flutter kicks, and planks, especially if you’re just starting out or recovering from an injury. Don’t try to continue on your own if you feel pain, but regular exercises are the most important preventive measure for back injuries.

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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Diabetic Neuropathy and Chiropractic

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. As one of the Charleston area’s leaders in pain management, we at the Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center see a lot of people suffering from nerve damage. In the spirit of the month, we want our patients to understand how diabetes may be related to their pain and what whole-body treatment can do to help.

Chronic or recurring pain is often the result of damage to nerves, also known as neuropathy. It can result from elevated levels of blood sugar. Although it is most commonly felt in the lower limbs, it can also affect the digestive, reproductive, and circulatory systems, and the eyes. When people’s hips are affected, they may adjust their gait in a way that puts pressure on their spinal column, increasing their risk of developing lower back pain. Negative emotions often distress the nerves further, resulting in more pain.

Our office offers a number of holistic treatments as part of pain management. Among them are therapeutic massages, which can relieve pressure on nerves and help the blood to deliver nutrients, and therapeutic exercise, which relieves pressure on joints and tendons. We also offer weight loss programs, which remove a lot of the pressure on nerves and joints and include nutritional advice that will help people with diabetes to control their blood sugar. We can also determine whether a patient can receive an adjustment for damage done to their spine by compensating for problems in the lower limbs.

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.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Raking Safely

As the leaves turn colors and fall in Nitro, we at the Dr. J Chiropractic and Wellness Center hope everyone knows how to rake safely. While we’re happy to provide chiropractic maintenance, we see a lot of preventable injuries here, so we thought it would be a good idea to give patients some tips.

Before you start raking, you need to be sure you have the right clothing and equipment. The rake should be light but have a long enough handle for you to use it without stooping down. Your clothes should be form-fitting, with no dangling accessories, but also be lightweight and breathable. You’ll need close-toed shoes that provide arch support and have slip-resistant soles. If you have long hair, don’t forget to tie it back.

Before you start any vigorous activity, you should do a five-minute warm-up that moves your limbs while pumping blood into them. As you rake, stand with your feet in a scissor-position without locking your knees. You’ll need to switch which hand is higher about every five minutes. Only attempt to move leaves when they’re dry, or else they will be too heavy. Test the bag to see whether you can lift it comfortably as you are filling it, and remember to lift by pushing up with your legs.

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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Obesity and Joint Pain

Are you experiencing aches and pains that you didn’t experience when you were at a “lighter” weight? If so, Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic and Wellness Center can deliver the tools you need to get your weight back on track. When you walk across level ground, the force on your knees is equivalent of one and a half times your body weight. Extra weight can put unnecessary pressure on muscles and joints, fortunately, we have the solution.

If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, or you are experiencing extreme discomfort due to excess weight, we offer a weight loss program that helps patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight by primarily reducing body fat and retaining muscle mass. Whether you want to lose 10, 20, or 50lbs, our program is a short-term plan with a beginning, middle, and end. If you are interested in learning more about this program, schedule a consultation today.

If you have questions or concerns regarding degenerative disc disease or spinal decompression therapy, please give us a call. To learn about the services provided 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.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal decompression puts negative pressure on each disk, to alleviate the pressure and pain associated with compressed disks. When a disk is compressed, the disk material moves from its place between each disk, into the space occupied by the nerves. When these nerves become crowded, the patient experiences great pain and pressure that is not alleviated by even the strongest of pain medications. At Dr. J Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Dr. Jay McClanahan relieves this severe discomfort using the ABS System, a state of the art spinal decompression machine that delivers decompression therapy in a safe and comfortable manner.

Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal of relieving back pain and/or leg pain. The ABS machine treats disc bulge and herniation, disc degeneration, sciatica, spinal stenosis/arthritis, and facet syndrome. The machine is computer controlled and the patient is fully clothed during treatment. Dr. McClanahan will fit you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk. You either lie face down or face up on a computer-controlled table. Dr. McClanahan operates the computer, customizing treatment to your specific needs.

If you have questions or concerns regarding degenerative disc disease or spinal decompression therapy, please give us a call. To learn about the services provided 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.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Chiropractic Treatment For Migraines

Dr. Jay McClanahan recommends chiropractic adjustments for migraine or frequent headache sufferers who have yet to find relief. Chiropractic treatment will not cure migraines, but it is one of the few ways to be proactive against migraines and help prevent them.  In someone prone to migraine episodes, a trigger can often be a misalignment, or subluxation of the spine.  Migraines can begin with tension in the neck, but even patients without migraines find keeping their neck free of kinks helps improve frequent headaches. Dysfunctional vertebrae in the neck can cause increased muscle tension and interrupt the nerves that control blood flow to the brain. Chiropractic adjustments relieve the pressure and tension that results in headaches, and keep the spine aligned to help it function at its best.

The exact cause of migraines is unknown, but most theories acknowledge an interruption in either nerve activity, blood flow to the brain, or both.  Regular chiropractic adjustments also help facilitate healthy blood flow and nerve function.  For a chronic migraine sufferer it may take weeks of consistent adjustments, but patients will experience a significant improvement in migraine frequency, intensity, or both.  Improving alignment of the bones in the neck and spine can prevent headaches and migraines, and adjustments also keep the body in balance.

Adjustments are a safe way to relieve tension and decrease the intensity and frequency of migraines without medication.  To learn more about the services provided 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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is not really a disease but a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. As we age, our spinal discs break down or degenerate, which may result in degenerative disc disease in some people. DDD is typically diagnosed with a medical history and a physical exam, so if you are experiencing any aches and pains out of the ordinary, visit Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, today.

Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the vertebrae that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Symptoms of DDD are most commonly concentrated in the low back or neck, depending on where the degenerated discs are.

Where the pain occurs depends on the location of the affected disc. Common symptoms include pain that ranges from nagging to severe and disabling and periods of severe pain that comes and goes, lasting from a few days to a few months.

If you have questions or concerns regarding degenerative disc disease, please give us a call. To learn about the services provided 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.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Whiplash Treatment

If you’ve recently been injured in a car accident, you probably think that taking care of your vehicle is more important than taking care of yourself. This should not be the case. If your body was jerked around during the accident, you might be suffering from whiplash without even realizing. Symptoms of whiplash may be delayed for 24 hours or more after the initial trauma, so it’s important to visit Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J. Chiropractic & Wellness Center following the accident to discuss your treatment options.

Sometimes, the pain of whiplash is immediate. In other cases, it can take several hours or a day before your neck begins to hurt. The blow that causes neck strains can sometimes cause a concussion, too. This is why it’s important to seek medical care after a serious accident. Treatment of whiplash depends on the wide variety of symptoms present. Some symptoms include neck pain and stiffness, headache, shoulder pain, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and/or back pain.

If you have questions or concerns regarding whiplash, please give us a call. To learn about the services provided 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.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Sports Injuries and Chiropractic Treatment

More athletes are turning to chiropractors now than ever.  Medical doctors tend to treat a sports injury by alleviating symptoms with medication and recommending rest from activity.  Even professional athletes with incredibly healthy bodies have relied too much on medicine to heal. At Dr. Jay McClanahan’s chiropractic practice, our approach to rehabilitating sports injuries takes the rest of the body and its natural ability to heal itself into account.  This always results in less time ‘benched’ from activity and a quicker recovery.

You don’t need to be a professional athlete to rehabilitate a sports injury the right way.  If you or your family members are involved in sports, a chiropractor can help you too.  Rather than prescription medication and rest from activity, a chiropractor will focus on repairing any damage to hard and soft tissue with chiropractic adjustments to     the spine and extremities.  If you are in pain from an injury, of course your chiropractor will advise the best pain relief strategy for you.  However your only prescription will likely include physical therapy exercises for you to perform on your own.

Start rehabbing sports injuries with your chiropractor now for a lifetime of healthy activity! To learn more about rehabbing sports injuries and all the services provided 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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Car Accidents and Chiropractic Care

When someone is involved in a car accident that isn’t a major collision, it may seem more like a nuisance than trauma.  People typically worry more about being late for work or an insurance claim and don’t always stop to assess what damage may have been done to their bodies. At Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we know some drivers and passengers feel the effects of whiplash injuries immediately following an accident, while others may walk away not feeling injured and experience pain later. This is why you should always visit a chiropractor for evaluation.

Whiplash occurs when a person’s head moves backward and then forward very suddenly with great force, causing the tendons and ligaments in your neck to tear. The most common site of pain and stiffness for passengers involved in an accident are the neck and back.  A chiropractor can evaluate these injuries, as well as treat damage to both hard and soft tissue. Depending on a patient’s evaluation the chiropractor may perform an adjustment or assign exercises to help heal a particular injury.  If you have been involved in a car accident of any severity, please contact us.

To learn more about all the services provided 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.

Backpack Safety

As a chiropractor and high school sports doctor, Dr. Jay McClanahan recognizes the importance of keeping kids safe from back pain. Now is the time when families are making back-to-school purchases, and knowing how to use the right backpack could make a big difference to kids’ well-being.

The American Chiropractic Association recommends that backpacks never be filled to the point where they weigh more than 15% of the weight of the person wearing them. This means that people should avoid wearing backpacks with wheels and pull-out handles. Children will also need to plan when to swap out textbooks at their lockers and avoid carrying anything they don’t really need. A good way to tell if a backpack is too heavy is to observe whether a child strains when picking it up. If they do, some things need to be taken out.

It is also important to choose a backpack that can be worn correctly. The shoulder straps should be wide and padded, and there should be a strap across the chest. When the straps are tightened, the backpack should rest in the center of the upper back, but the straps should not be tight enough to cut off circulation to the arms. Both shoulder straps should always be worn and parents should ask their children whether they’ve experienced any pain in their backs, necks, or shoulders.

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.

Spinal Adjustments

Chiropractic care is different from other health models. It is based on the idea that the body has the tools to heal itself if it is put in the right position to do so. At the Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we offer patients treatments that are fast-acting and non-addictive, including the most important tool in a chiropractor’s arsenal, the spinal adjustment.

Nerves relay information between the brain and the rest of the body. When a nerve is pinched, a person may feel pain, tingling, or numbness. But where people feel something wrong is not always where the pinch has occurred. The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves descending from the brainstem from which nerves to the rest of the body branch off. A pinch in the spinal cord could have serious consequences for the back and the rest of the body.

In chiropractic terms, a misalignment in the spinal column which pinches the nerves is called a “subluxation.” To fix a subluxation, we carefully apply force to push a misaligned vertebra back into place. This process is safe and requires little preparation from the patient. People who undergo it often notice an improvement in back pain the same day.

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.

Chiropractic Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is often presented as a way to pamper yourself, but the long-practiced therapy has many health benefits. Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center offers chiropractic massage to promote a multifaceted approach to chiropractic care. Combining chiropractic treatment and massage therapy helps improve a patient’s overall musculoskeletal health and functionality. Another benefit of massage therapy is releasing toxins built up in the muscles, which can then exit the body. This is important for chiropractic patients and anyone with injuries because it helps the body heal itself.

Massages are performed in a calm, soothing environment. The relaxation achieved through massage won’t heal injuries but is still important to overall health, especially for patients with chronic pain or stress. Your massage therapist can target problem areas, or focus on relaxing certain muscles in order to help your chiropractor perform an adjustment. Regular massage also increases circulation and flexibility, which makes this therapy highly recommended for patients suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia and muscle spasms.

Chiropractic massage therapy has many benefits and can help anyone feel relief. To learn more about massage therapy and all the services provided 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.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center has a pain solution for every patient.  Electrical muscle stimulation is recommended for patients with muscle or soft tissue injuries because it reduces pain and swelling, and can reduce overall recovery time.  When disease or injury occurs, a body’s natural electric current is disrupted.  Electric muscle stimulation mimics the electrical current that occurs naturally in a healthy body to promote healing.

During a treatment, electrodes are placed directly on the skin in the affected area and the machine is turned on.  The gentle current causes the muscles to contract and relax, which relieves pain and can release locked up muscles.  These contractions also trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s most powerful natural pain reliever.  Most patients describe the treatment feeling like a tingling sensation and aren’t uncomfortable during the process. The treatments are short in length and can be scheduled over a series of weeks.

To learn more about electrical muscle stimulation and all the services provided 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.

New Patient Visit

At Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we are proud to provide a state-of-the-art facility to offer patients with the highest quality of chiropractic care available. We supply patients with weight loss seminars, massage therapy, treatment for auto injury and much more. If you are considering becoming a patient, we would like to tell you what to expect during your initial consultation.

During the consultation, you will meet with Dr. Jay McClanahan to discuss your duration and frequency of symptoms, as well as your areas of pain and what makes the pain feel better or worse. Your case history will include questions about your family health problems, dietary habits, past history of other treatments and occupational history. Once Dr. Jay McClanahan is able to provide you with a diagnosis, a treatment plan will be developed from there. Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that he has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for you.

If you have questions or concerns regarding chiropractic care, please give us a call. To learn about services provided at our 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.

Importance of Health and Wellness

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Each day it is important to make wise decisions for our physical health and mental well-being. Health is a dynamic process because it constantly changes. One day we may feel energized and alert, while the next day we may feel fatigued and groggy. We can take the steps to improve our wellness by bettering our nutrition, physical activity, and stress-coping methods. Dr. Jay McClanahan of Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center can give you a push in the right direction.

As our quality of life improves, we experience less disease and less illness. It is important to nurture the body with proper nutrients to fight against infection and keep it functioning at its best. Additionally, maintaining a healthy level of physical activity will improve overall emotional wellness. If you need some suggestions for improving your physical and mental well-being, schedule a consultation today.

If you have questions or concerns regarding chiropractic care, please give us a call. To learn about services provided at our 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.