Sedative Stretching is a noninvasive outpatient procedure offered for acute and chronic painful conditions of the neck, back, sacroiliac joints, shoulders, and hips. Sedative Stretching is a viable alternative for those patients that are not responding to traditional chiropractic, physical therapy, invasive procedures such as injection therapy, or even surgery. With the use of sedation, painful muscles and joints are completely relaxed allowing Dr. Johnson along with another physician, to comfortably stretch, massage and move the involved areas more effectively than in an office setting. The results are usually life changing.
The Sedative Stretching team consists of Dr. Jeff Johnson, this areas most experienced Sedative Stretching physician, a board certified anesthesiologist/CRNA, a medical physician, and a team of nurse assistants performed at ambulatory surgical facilities in the local area. Sedative Stretching is truly unique as it joins together the multiple specialties chiropractic, anesthesia, and medicine, for the therapeutic benefit of the patient. This procedure should only be performed by a physician that has been trained in the practice of Sedative Stretching (MUA). Dr. Johnson is fully certified and has done thousands of specific procedures over many years.
This procedure is at least 90% stretching and no more than 10% manipulation of involved areas of the body. The results are truly remarkable. Stretching the patient while sedated breaks up scar tissue or adhesions in and around the muscles, discs, and connective tissues. These adhesions are commonly caused by multiple injuries, car accidents, sports injuries, poor posture, or even failed back surgeries. These adhesions are usually the reason why patients are not improving with their chiropractic treatment or pain doctors in an office setting, thus preventing full recovery from pain.
Sedative Stretching has a very high safety profile. The side effects of the procedure are those of regular chiropractic treatment. All patients are fully monitored by the anesthesia team. “Conscious sedation” is utilized for our Sedative Stretching procedures. This IV conscious sedation is extremely safe in an outpatient setting, as the patient is not under “general anesthesia”. Our patients are breathing on their own and are aware of the stretching procedures done by the Sedative Stretching physicians. The total procedure lasts about fifteen to twenty minutes, and the patient can be in and out of the center and completely discharged within sixty to ninty minutes, not much longer than a typical office visit.
You would benefit from our procedure if you have:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are likely a candidate
What do all these conditions have in common? They are painful conditions of the muscles, nerves, and joints that are chronic in nature (long term, unresponsive to traditional treatments) and that have scar tissue associated with it. This is the reason why Sedative Stretching can successfully treat these conditions and the others fail.
The Sedative Stretching procedure uses twilight sedation to relax restricted muscles allowing the physician to gently stretch and adjust the spine. Dr. Johnson is trained to recognize where and how much stretching and movements are needed for each patient. Following the procedure, post Sedative Stretching exercises begin which will help to achieve the optimal benefit.
Typically a rehabilitation program lasts for 6-8 weeks post procedure. The proposed effects of the Sedative Stretching include altering pain producing scar tissue formations, decompression of bulging/herniated discs, stretching of chronically tight muscles, and eliminating pain by improving range of motion of the affected joints. Patients often undergo various treatments, such as physical therapy, traditional chiropractic care, epidural injections, back surgery, and other treatments.
These do not address fibrous adhesions. Some patients feel temporarily better with these treatments, but their pain often returns. Studies have proposed that it is the adhesions and scar tissue that have built up around spinal joints and muscles that causes chronic pain. In order to offer long term pain relief, the fibrous adhesions in the joint capsules, discs, and surrounding supportive tissues must be treated.
They are painful conditions of the muscles, nerves, and joints that are chronic in nature (long term, unresponsive to traditional treatments) and that have scar tissue associated with it. This is the reason why Sedative Stretching can successfully treat these conditions and the others fail.
* Sedative Stretching can also be referred to as manipulation under anesthesia (MUA) or manipulation under sedation (MUS). The sedative stretching procedure is similar, however modified to be more comprehensive and thorough with more focus on stretching and less on manipulation.