Unique treatment alleviates pain and restores flexibility.
At 62, Raymond Way retired from his business in Rhode Island, and eventually fled the northern winters. Now 73 and living in Cape Coral, Raymond enjoys outdoor activities, including tennis and golf. He was dismayed when he injured a hamstring muscle in his right leg while golfing – twice.
“The first time I hurt it, I don’t remember the specific injury,” he says. “I was playing eighteen holes several times, and my leg just started really hurting, and I couldn’t play anymore.
“The second time, I felt it instantly. I was going back for a shot, and I was trying to get a little too much in the swing, and there was a shooting pain in my hamstring. I almost fell down. I knew I was in trouble.”
The injury stopped Raymond cold. He managed to make it off the golf course, but the pain didn’t subside. It began affecting him in his daily life as well as in his leisure activities.
“I had a very sharp pain in my upper right leg,” he describes. “I had difficulty walking, much less playing golf, and I was limping. When my hamstring tightened up, my back got fouled up, too.”
After the first incident, Raymond completed a course of physical therapy. He found the process long and arduous and not very effective, yet he agreed to another session of PT after the second injury at his orthopedic surgeon’s recommendation. It offered limited relief. Still struggling with pain in his right leg, Raymond tried a pain management program.
“As part of pain management, I was given an injectable steroid in the buttocks where the hamstring attaches,” he explains. “That worked, but in order to get to that treatment stage, I had to go through all the other options first, which takes about a month and a half. Then, I started thinking about how to prevent further injuries and the same types of situations.”
He found a solution while sitting in his doctor’s office. He picked up a copy of Florida Health Care News, and read an article about Jeffrey P. Johnson, DC, of Johnson Medical Center in Venice and his unique treatment protocol called Sedative Stretching.
“As I read the article, I thought, This sounds like a good idea,” he recalls. “I’m very inquisitive and open minded, so I called and set up a meeting with Dr. Johnson to find out more about it.
“Dr. Johnson is an extremely pleasant guy and very encouraging. Sedative Stretching is a different approach, and he believes in it. His presentation of the treatment is extremely professional. I was impressed by how crystal clear and enthusiastic he is about it.”
As part of Raymond’s evaluation, Dr. Johnson examined his back as well. He told Raymond that the muscles in his lower back were locked up.
“He said treating my back would be a little difficult,” offers Raymond, “but he felt he could address those muscles during the procedure. In other words, I was a candidate for the process.”
During their discussion, Raymond inquired if he had to return for a second treatment on his back. Dr. Johnson quickly clarified that Sedative Stretching is not localized to one area of the body, such as the leg.
“He told me, We treat both legs, both arms, the neck, the back, everywhere,” states Raymond. “I thought that was a really good idea. It’s the kind of approach I was looking for because it would prepare my whole body for the future. It made a lot of sense.”
Many people with various painful muscle and joint conditions can be helped with 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. Others who will benefit from the procedure are people who want to regain lost flexibility and those who are “sick and tired” of being “stiff and sore.”
“People start losing flexibility when daily activities result in minor injury and inflammation, which is normal,” educates
Dr. Johnson. “With inflammation, however, part of the body’s natural healing process is to lay 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.”
Symptoms commonly associated with this condition include the slow and insidious loss of flexibility, as well as an increasing achiness and soreness. Most people attribute this to normal aging. However, it’s not normal to become stiff and sore with age – it’s just very common.
“They don’t always realize it, but people will compensate for stiffness and soreness in how they move their bodies,” states
Dr. Johnson. “This is evident everywhere while watching the way people walk, bend, twist and turn.”
In many cases, people will 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.
During 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 patient’s pain.
“While the patients are sedated, we use light, comprehensive stretching techniques,” informs Dr. Johnson. “Because 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 team approach is used with Sedative Stretching. During the procedure, there are generally multiple health care professionals present, including anesthetists and nurses. Patients usually require only one procedure. It is rare that patients require a second procedure to fully address their condition.”
There are typically a couple of weeks of rehabilitation following the treatment 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 most cases, more can be accomplished with one Sedative Stretching procedure than with years of other stretching therapies, thereby adding years and quality to the life of a person’s spine and skeletal system.”
Stretching Boot Camp
When Raymond arrived at the surgery center for his Sedative Stretching, he felt well prepared. He’d just had a different procedure a few weeks previously, so he was familiar with the type of anesthesia being used. Further, Dr. Johnson had explained the process so well, he knew exactly what was going to happen to him.
“I wasn’t conscious while they did it, but I know they stretched all my muscles to where they need to be, but they didn’t overstretch me,” notes Raymond. “Afterward, I went to breakfast and then went to Johnson Medical Center, where Dr. Johnson went through the stretching again, without the anesthesia.
“That began two weeks of pretty intensive stretching, almost like a boot camp of stretching. I’d go to Johnson Medical Center.
Dr. Johnson would do the chiropractic treatment and then I’d do the assistive stretching. Hamstring exercises are not pleasant; they hurt, but the therapist there is very good.”
Once the two-week rehabilitation program is completed, patients need to continue stretching at home to gain the best benefits from Sedative Stretching. It also helps the positive effects of increased mobility and flexibility last.
“Dr. Johnson emphasizes the stretching,” comments Raymond. “He says if you’re just going to get the treatment and not stretch regularly afterward, don’t have it done. I understand that, and when I get up, I say, I’ve got to stretch today.
“It aches a little when I stretch, but it feels so much better afterward. It’s a learning experience about how to do it, but again, if you don’t do the follow-up, don’t bother with the procedure.”
Many people having Sedative Stretching start to feel better shortly after the procedure. That was the case for Raymond as well.
“Within two or three days, I started feeling relief from my leg pain,” he confirms. “And my back got better and better each day, too.”
While Raymond maintains his home stretching routine, his hamstring muscle continues to loosen and feel better. As he improves, his daily life is returning to normal. He is especially thrilled to get back to his favorite activities.
“Now, I feel very good,” he reports. “I couldn’t golf before, but now I can. Actually, I’m playing better than I was before. I can also walk fine, and I have absolutely no limp. It’s a tremendous difference, really. The procedure was a huge success for me.
“I definitely recommend Dr. Johnson and his Sedative Stretching!”