Freedom From Back Pain

Unique treatment corrects the cause of spinal disorders.

A semi-retired home inspector, Ted Lemek, 68, has always been active. As a teen, he suffered a back injury, but he doesn’t remember how. It didn’t stop him for long. As he got older, the back pain got much worse. He sometimes made excuses for his back trouble.

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Ted Lemek

“In my twenties, my father worked in construction, so I did side jobs in construction,” he remembers. “I would say things like, I shouldn’t have picked up that hundred-pound sack of concrete. Now, I pulled my back. My problems just went on throughout the years.”
Five years ago, Ted tripped on the steps, causing the stiffness and pain in his lower back to explode again. That time, he experienced sciatica pain down his leg.
Then, two years ago, another incident convinced him he needed to seek a professional’s advice.
“One morning, I was coming down the stairs, and my right leg gave out on me. I had no strength in my muscles, and I almost went down the stairs,” he states. “I thought, I can’t do this anymore. It’s getting dangerous!”
Ted began seeing a chiropractor, who gave him regular manipulations and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (“TENS”) treatments. The treatments brought him some relief, but he eventually realized he needed something more. In the meantime, his condition deteriorated further, and the pain began interfering with the simplest daily activities.
“After continued use of TENS, your body adapts to it, and it is not as effective. You have to turn up the strength or use it longer or both,” he informs. “I knew all it was doing was addressing the symptoms. I wasn’t really getting any better.
“Some of the pain was very sharp. Some days, I could barely walk, and I’d have to take hot baths or hot showers, then rest, then use cold packs. I could not walk more than one hundred feet without my back hurting, and then I needed some sort of support.
“I couldn’t stand for more than a couple of minutes before my back started to bother me. I was taking aspirin every day to help with the pain, and that stuff is not good for you over the long term.”
At this point, Ted and his wife started exploring other treatment options. One day, they received a copy of Florida Health Care News, and in it was an article about Johnson Medical Center and Sedative Stretching.
“I was skeptical at first, but about an hour later, my wife came in my office and said, You have an appointment next Tuesday,” he relates. “She’d already called them, and that’s how I got saved.”
Sedative Stretching (an expanded and comprehensive form of manipulation under anesthesia, or MUA) is a unique treatment protocol offered by Jeffrey P. Johnson, DC, of Johnson Medical Center in Venice. Dr. Johnson took x-rays and examined Ted to determine if he was a candidate for Sedative Stretching.
“Ted’s main issue was lower back pain that radiated into his right leg,” describes Dr. Johnson. “He explained to me that he injured his back as a teenager, and it never properly healed. As the years went by, his condition returned both more frequently and severely. It had gotten to the point that he was unable to do most of the activities in his daily routine.
“He could not stand still for more than two minutes or walk for five minutes. He was unable to run at all or ride his bike. He had increased pain with lifting, bending and twisting. He also complained of an altered gait. I believed Sedative Stretching would benefit him.”

Addressing Adhesions

Many people with various painful muscle and joint conditions can benefit from Sedative Stretching. Ideal candidates are those with conditions such as unresolved neck and back pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, frozen shoulder, acute and chronic muscle spasm, headaches and failed back surgery syndrome. The procedure can also benefit people who want to regain lost flexibility or those who are “sick and tired” of being “stiff and sore.”
“People start losing flexibility when their typical, daily activities cause a minor injury that leads to inflammation,” educates Dr. Johnson. “Inflammation is part of the body’s natural healing process, which lays down a mesh of connective tissue, commonly known as scar tissue. Over time, layer upon layer of scar tissue can form in the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joints, restricting the joints’ ability to move properly. These layers of scar tissue are called adhesions.”
After his evaluation, Dr. Johnson showed Ted his x-rays and pinpointed the areas causing the pain in his back and leg. The doctor then explained how Sedative Stretching addresses this condition.
“Dr. Johnson uses Sedative Stretching to separate the adhesions, which can cause the spine to fuse up,” remarks Ted. “The treatment also keeps the adhesions from reforming and relocking your spine.
“He told me he could help me using the procedure. Then, he laid out a whole treatment program for me. It made sense to me, so I did it.”
The symptoms and warning signs generally associated with adhesions include the slow and insidious loss of flexibility, as well as an increasing achiness and soreness. Most people will attribute this to normal aging. While it’s very common to become stiff and sore with age, it’s not normal.
“Although they don’t always realize it, people will compensate how they move their bodies when this occurs,” observes Dr. Johnson. “This is evident everywhere while watching the way people walk, bend, twist and turn.”
Unfortunately, many people wait until significant damage has occurred from excessive wear and tear before they seek appropriate care. Often, patients will utilize over-the-counter and prescriptive medications, which help alleviate their symptoms. Unfortunately, this gives the patient a false sense of being “cured” while the underlying scar tissue continues to cause excessive damage.

Range of Motion

As part of the Sedative Stretching procedure, the patient is put under light sedation, sometimes called “twilight” sedation. With the patient relaxed, doctors can then take the affected joints through their normal full range of motion, freeing the adhesions that have developed between the joints that are causing the pain.
“We use light, comprehensive stretching techniques while the patient is sedated,” explains Dr. Johnson. “Since we don’t have to contend with tense, guarded muscles, we are able to free up the scar tissue and mobilize the joints without causing the patient any discomfort. This would be impossible to do without the use of sedation.”
A highly trained team of medical professionals coordinates the Sedative Stretching procedure. Generally, there are multiple health care providers present, including an anesthetist and several nurses. Patients usually require only one procedure. It is very rare that patients require a second procedure to fully address their condition.

“Sedative Stretching really made a big difference. All my pain was gone.” – Ted

Typically, there are a couple of weeks of rehabilitation following the treatment itself to reinforce the increased movement obtained from the procedure. During this time, patients are instructed how to perform stretching exercises to prevent the condition from recurring, notes Dr. Johnson.
“By following this protocol, patients regain the flexibility they had decades before, and typically, they return to activities they haven’t done in years,” he asserts. “This is truly correcting the original cause of their conditions.
“In almost all cases, more can be accomplished with one Sedative Stretching procedure than with years of other types of treatments.”

Beyond Treatment

Many people experience some degree of relief immediately after the Sedative Stretching treatment. Ted was one of them. He was amazed by how quickly he saw results after the procedure.
“It was absolutely remarkable,” he marvels. “I went in one morning, had the treatment and by the time I woke up, I could already tell my body was more balanced. Sedative Stretching really made a big difference. All my pain was gone.”
Without the stiffness and pain, Ted was able to move more freely right away, and he continues to improve every day. Today, he’s recovered enough to start doing some of the activities he struggled with before.

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Ted can now work around his yard without back pain.

“Right after the Sedative Stretching treatment, I was able to walk to the end of the street and back,” he reports. “Now, I can walk a mile, when I couldn’t walk one hundred feet before. This morning, I was walking around outside and standing unassisted for about fifteen minutes, and my back did not bother me a bit.
“I haven’t pushed myself too far because I’m still in recovery, but I can ride my bike now. I hadn’t been on a bicycle for at least five years, and now, I get on and ride like I never stopped doing it. Of course, there’s no more picking up hundred-pound sacks of concrete!”
Dr. Johnson is pleased with Ted’s response to the treatment, and so is Ted. He’s already told some people that Sedative Stretching is a good investment in yourself, and he’s happy to pass the word whenever he sees someone struggling with back pain.
“Now, I have no pain,” he says, “and every visit to Dr. Johnson is making a difference. Right now, my spine is right on the threshold of being sufficiently flexed. It’s quite a recovery.
“I absolutely recommend Dr. Johnson and Johnson Medical Center to anyone having issues with their spine, muscles or joints because he knows how to deal with them. He goes to the cause of the issue and offers a cure for your pain rather than just a treatment.”

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    • Johnson Medical Center

      Dr. Jeffery P. Johnson has practiced in Venice, Florida since 1986. His practice is focused on treating patients with many conditions, including those that are not responding to conventional treatments such as physical therapy, chiro... Read More

    • Jeffrey P. Johnson, DC

      Jeffrey P. Johnson, DC, is a graduate of Life Chiropractic University, Marietta, GA, with additional training through National College of Chiropractic, Chicago, in Manipulation Under Anesthesia, proprietary substances, and chiropracti... Read More