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10 Tips to Prevent Neck Pain

Neck pain happens, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it forever. With some lifestyle adjustments, you can prevent neck pain altogether. We at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV, take pride in educating our patients about good spinal health. Since many of our patients experience neck pain, it's important to take a step back and see what causes it. Only then can you take the necessary steps to treat and ultimately prevent neck pain!

Prevent neck pain by:

-Sleeping on your back
-Drinking plenty of water
-Making sure you are using a comfortable and supported pillow
-Making sure your computer monitor is at eye level
-When texting, keeping your mobile phone at eye level, taking breaks, or using talk-text
-When making a phone call, using a headset or earpiece
-Stretching, exercising, and strengthening your neck muscles
-Carrying weight on your person so that it is evenly distributed
-Practicing a supportive posture (no slumping or hunching!)
-Holding your phone at a distance rather than right in front of you

It’s important to seek professional help if you ever experience numbness, tingling, or pain in your arms, or headaches and weakness. Ineffective pain medication is another indicator that you should see a chiropractor. Dr. Jay McClanahan offers an array of therapies to help patients with neck pain.

Are you interested in treating your neck pain with chiropractic adjustments? We are happy to address any concerns or questions you have! 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 www.drjbackdocwv.com or call the office at 304-776-1520.



Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercise is important for restoring and rebuilding strength, balance, endurance, flexibility, and stability, all in an effort to correct a patient-specific problem. These exercises can also improve your overall health, fitness, and quality of life. We at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV, want you to achieve the highest point of rehabilitation and physical fitness with our non-invasive methods. Contact the office of Dr. Jay McClanahan to begin your road to optimal health!

With therapeutic exercise, Dr. McClanahan will work with you to:

-Increase your mobility
-Improve your balance
-Reduce your overall rigidity
-Release any muscles, tendons, or fascia that are contracted
-Mobilize your joints
-Improve your circulation
-Improve your respiratory capacity
-Improve your coordination
-Improve your posture

Therapeutic exercise has also been proven to reduce stress and improve sleep quality. With all of its numerous benefits, everyone should consider partaking in therapeutic exercise. Could you be a good candidate for therapeutic exercise? We are happy to address any concerns or questions you have!

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 www.drjbackdocwv.com or call the office at 304-776-1520.



What is Subluxation?

We at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV, understand that accidents happen. A slip, bump, fall, or another sudden trauma has the ability to cause subluxation, a misalignment in your spine. When or if an accident occurs, Dr. Jay McClanahan is readily available to get you on a personalized treatment plan. While the main goal is to correct the misalignment of your vertebrae and alleviate discomfort, we also work to prevent future subluxations by building up your spinal health.

If you are experiencing subluxation, symptoms include:

-Swelling
-Numbness and tingling
-Limited mobility
-Pain or discomfort
-Degeneration of surrounding muscles, nerves, and bones

Did you know that subluxation is a partial dislocation of the spinal cord? You can probably guess that the pain is no walk in the park. Subluxations are identified through a chiropractic exam, which consists of manual palpation and x-rays. During the manual exam, Dr. McClanahan will check the alignment of your pelvis, joints, and spine. Depending on the severity, treatment options may include medication, rehabilitation, surgery, closed reduction, or a shoulder brace. Leaving subluxation untreated will create more issues for the individual, such as the degeneration of the discs. Your body will try to compensate for subluxation as well, taking on a new, unhealthy shape. Don’t wait to seek treatment! Dr. McClanahan will help.

Do you think you are experiencing subluxation? We’d be happy to take a look and get you started on a treatment plan. 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 www.drjbackdocwv.com or call the office at 304-776-1520.



Therapeutic Ultrasound for Soft Tissue Injuries

When you think “ultrasound,” a pregnancy is typically the first thing to come to mind. A machine that is used diagnostically to screen the body internally. But did you know that there is a therapeutic ultrasound machine designed for injuries related to soft tissues, joints, and muscle spasms? Dr. Jay McClanahan at Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, WV, takes pride in staying up to date with chiropractic methods and technology. Dr. McClanahan is excited to offer therapeutic ultrasound to his patients!

Dr. McClanahan first applies coupling gel, much like a screening ultrasound for a pregnant woman, on the skin of the problem area. He then uses the ultrasound emitting wand and passes it over the skin, the wand producing heat. The gel reduces friction and allows better transmission of the ultrasound waves. The heat helps reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, and decrease stiffness and pain. Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to facilitate the body’s healing process as well.

Therapeutic ultrasound has been proven to:

-Break down scar tissue
-Heat tissue
-Increase the rate of healing
-Relax tissue
-Increase blood flow

Are you interested in treating your soft tissue injuries with therapeutic ultrasound? We are happy to address any concerns or questions you have! 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 www.drjbackdocwv.com or call the office at 304-776-1520.



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.


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.


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 McClanah



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 McClanah



Weight Loss

So many people suffer with the ups and downs of weight loss in the United States. Finding the right course of treatment to assist you in your weight loss can be a daunting prospect. You want to be sure that you are getting the most out of your efforts, but going it alone can often be challenging. Trusting in someone such as Jay McClanahan with Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Nitro, West Virginia can help get you on your way to a healthier you.

Choosing a Weight Loss Plan for Success
Struggling with diet plans that bring you initial joy from weight loss only to later destroy you with the weight returning can make you feel defeated. There are alternative programs that can give you back the person you once knew. Finding your ideal body weight with a program that gets you started works with you through the middle of the process and shows you an end is a great way to get weight loss that will be long term. With quick results you can see and the preservation of muscle mass, you can enjoy excellent results quickly.

If you are looking for a weight loss program that works for you and helps you find your ideal weight, contact our office. Our team is waiting to give you all the answers to your questions. They will work with you to find the best path for success and give you all the tools you need to be successful. Call us today at 304-776-1520 to get started today or visit www.drjbackdocwv.com

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Massage Therapy

Types of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy offers many benefits, from relaxation to reduction of pain from muscle injuries. However, if you have never had a massage before, you may not be sure what type will work best for your needs. There are many different types of massages available, so it is important to understand what each type does and which to choose for the therapy you need.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most common type of massage therapy and what comes to mind when most people think of massages. In a Swedish massage, the therapist uses long, sweeping strokes at the start and end of the massage. During the massage, they will knead and roll the muscles, similar to movements used when kneading dough. Friction, or deep pressure is also applied to tense muscles using knuckles, thumbs or fingertips. Although they are not used as often as they have in the past as they can reduce the relaxation of the massage, percussion techniques like rhythmic tapping, chopping and pounding may be used. Swedish massages are recommended as relaxation therapy.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage therapy applies deep pressure on areas of the body that are causing pain, such as knotted muscles. The therapist uses their knuckles and elbows to loosen muscles and is very common among athletes as well as those who are undergoing physical therapy. The massage can leave your muscles feeling sore immediately after therapy. You should never have a deep tissue massage if an injury has not properly healed.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu massage therapy is designed to give you energy and is an ancient Japanese technique. The therapist uses gentle stretches with finger presses to work on specific pressure points. It is believed the pressure points fix energy flow imbalances. Some scientists believe that the therapy calms overactive sympathetic nervous systems, relieving stiff muscles, reducing stress and improving circulation.

There are many more types of massage therapy that address stress, injuries and relaxation. It is important to discuss your situation with the massage therapist before undergoing any treatment and to inform your doctor that you are planning to enter massage therapy. At Dr. J Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Dr. Jay McClanahan can help you determine a massage therapy plan that will work best for you. Arrange for a consultation by calling 304-776-1520 or contacting us through our website today www.drjbackdocwv.com


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