Sedative Stretching


What is Sedative Stretching * (MUA)?

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.

Who Preforms the Sedative Stretching Procedure?

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.

What is actually done during a Sedative Stretching Procedure?

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.

Is Sedative Stretching Safe?

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.

Would I benefit with Having Sedative Stretching?

You would benefit from our procedure if you have:

  1. Treated with multiple physicians and therapists with limited results
  2. You have ongoing prolonged treatment with chiropractors, physical therapists, or pain doctors, with limited/temporary results, and if you are not a candidate for surgery or ongoing pain medication.
  3. If you still have pain after surgery, epidural steriod injections, nerve ablation, pain managment, etc.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are likely a candidate

Why You Should Consider Sedative Stretching:

  • Eliminate the need for ongoing and expensive in-office treatment
  • Avoid possible surgery
  • Avoid invasive painful non-surgical procedures such as injections (trigger point, epidural etc.)
  • Improve your quality of life by eliminating your pain and improving your ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING

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.

How Sedative Stretching Works:

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.


  • Neck, middle back and lower back pain
  • Sacroiliac Joint Problems
  • Pelvis and Hip pain
  • Herniated and Bulging Discs
  • Chronic muscle pain and inflammation
  • Acute and chronic muscle spasms
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Sciatica
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Chronic tension headaches
  • Chronic pain with narcotic dependence
  • Stable spondylolithesis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • and more!

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.


* 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.

Learn more about Sedative Stretching (MUA) - The answer to “Pain Management” - It’s often the cure!

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Venice, FL 34285
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