All Gain with No Pain

Painless technique restores lost flexibility, mobility and more.

Detroit born, Bob Young grew up across the globe while his father was in the US Army. He followed in his father’s footsteps and served in the Army, as well as the National Guard and US Coast Guard. He then made a career as a biomedical engineer. Now 80 and retired, Bob found himself fighting an enemy that’s been haunting him since his military days.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Bending is no longer a painful problem for Bob.

“I was having low back pain,” discloses Bob. “It may have come on with age, or I may have done something in the service to injure my back, but didn’t realize I injured it. I don’t remember.
“The pain seemed to move from one hip to the other, and it also ran down my leg. Usually, it was a chronic, light ache to remind me not to move certain ways, but when it really hit, it was a pretty sharp pain. I was very careful to protect my back, and the pain eventually went away, but it took three or four weeks to get any relief.”
When Bob’s pain flared, it kept him from doing many of his favorite things, and made doing others uncomfortable. Beyond the pain in his back and leg, Bob also grappled with tightness in his neck, as well as urinary incontinence, which further limited his activities.
“The pain kept me from bending over and sitting certain ways,” he describes. “With my problems, I couldn’t get out and do things I enjoy, like hunting and fishing and other things outdoors. I couldn’t repair and change things around the house, which I like to do. Getting in and out of my airplane was not the most pleasant thing, although once I was in, I was usually okay.
“I had a couple of shots in my back, but they didn’t do any good. Then, some friends told me about a doctor who targets the problems behind the pain. They’d been to him, and their treatments were successful. They said maybe he could help me, too.”
The doctor Bob’s friends recommended was Stephen J. Steller, DC, of Spinal Correction Centers. Among the treatments Dr. Steller provides at his practice is a unique protocol known as Sedative Stretching, which is a technique of Manipulation Under Anesthesia.
“When Bob first came to see me, he was experiencing low back and neck problems,” reports Dr. Steller. “He was having difficulty walking and bending over, and the range of motion in his neck was limited. Movements such as looking over his shoulder to back up his car and checking traffic to change lanes while driving were restricted.
“Bob was also recovering from recent prostate surgery and was struggling with post-surgical incontinence. He was looking for treatment that would help his back and neck pain and also address the incontinence issue.”
“Dr. Steller was very knowledgeable and thorough with his examination,” notes Bob. “He took a series of x-rays and picked up on a few things with my posture that we started working on immediately.
“At first, he recommended chiropractic manipulations, which helped a little. It certainly helped the nerve that runs down my leg, the sciatic nerve.”
Unfortunately, this approach did not get Bob entirely back on his feet. Then, Dr. Steller suggested Sedative Stretching.
“I wasn’t really sure about that at first because I don’t like anesthesia,” offers Bob. “But Dr. Steller said it was more of a la-la land thing and very short-term.
“When he did it, it worked out just fine. I felt like I had a nice sleep, but was only asleep for a very short time.
Dr. Steller did what he does, and I didn’t feel it. That was the best part!”

Joints in Motion

Those who benefit most from Sedative Stretching are people with painful muscle and joint conditions, points out Dr. Steller. 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 anyone who has suffered any kind of impact injury,” he adds. “This can occur from things like wrecking your bike as a kid, falling from a ladder or even sitting at a desk at work for thirty years. Honestly, most everyone could benefit from Sedative Stretching. It restores lost flexibility and motion.
“People start losing flexibility when their typical, daily activities cause minor injuries that lead to inflammation. Inflammation is part of the body’s natural healing process, which lays down a mesh of connective tissue we know 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.”
Symptoms and warning signs most often associated with adhesions include the slow and insidious loss of flexibility, as well as an increasing achiness and soreness.
“These symptoms are generally attributed to normal aging,” Dr. Steller reports. “While it’s very common to become stiff and sore with age, it’s not normal. People need to be aware of these warning signs and not simply dismiss them.”
During Sedative Stretching, the patient is put under light sedation, sometimes called “twilight” sedation. With the patient relaxed, doctors can take the affected joints through their normal full range of motion, freeing the adhesions that have developed that are causing the pain.
“While the patient is sedated, we use light, comprehensive stretching techniques,” explains Dr. Steller. “Because we don’t have to fight 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 using sedation.

“I recommend Sedative Stretching for anybody with back pain, and I recommend Spinal Correction Centers and Dr. Steller. He’s just fine!” – Bob

“The fact is, motion keeps joints healthy. Generally, when people get injured, the most common reaction is to stop moving because it hurts. However, this lack of motion makes the joints unhealthy, and eventually they stop functioning properly. Sedative Stretching breaks up the scar tissue that forms and gets those joints moving freely again.”
Sedative Stretching also eliminates pinched nerves in the spine that go to various organs, enabling the organs to function at a much higher level. When Dr. Steller performed Sedative Stretching on Bob, he released the nerves leading to Bob’s urinary bladder, correcting his incontinence as well.

Comfortable Activities

Unlike many people, Bob didn’t experience dramatic pain relief immediately after his Sedative Stretching procedure, but he did the following day. At that point, he noticed most of his intense pain was gone. And his relief has lasted since his procedure was done, more than six months ago.
“I feel fine now,” he reports. “I still have some aches and pains, but that’s just the way life is at eighty. It’s nothing like the pain I had before, and I haven’t had the pain down my leg in months. As far as the incontinence, Dr. Steller worked on the nerve that controls that area, and it’s pretty much cleared up.”
Now that his back and neck no longer hurt, Bob is working to regain the strength and stamina he lost being immobile as a result of his conditions. Already, he’s returned to his favorite activities, and driving and getting into and out of his plane are no longer uncomfortable.
“I’m back to hunting and fishing and doing everything,” he confirms. “I recommend Sedative Stretching for anybody with back pain, and I recommend Spinal Correction Centers and Dr. Steller. He’s just fine!”

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