Low Back Pain

Do you suffer from degenerative disc disease, herniated or bulging disc, sciatica, or other spinal problems? Has your physician suggested an epidural or that you consider surgery?

Facts about epidurals and surgery:
  • Statistics show that 1 in 100 low back surgeries are successful in relieving pain.
  • Most surgeries take place again within 1–5 years.
  • The brain habituates to stimulus, so if the epidural works the 1st time, then the brain and body get used to it and it can’t work anymore.

You may want to consider spinal flexion-distraction therapy first. Spinal flexion-distraction therapy has proven effective in treating degenerative discs, facet syndrome, sciatica, herniated discs and spinal stenosis. If you have already had surgery, spinal flexion-distraction therapy can still be considered if you suffer from failed back surgery syndrome.

Spinal discs do not get oxygen and fresh blood consistently. Flexion-distraction and motion can enhance healing by restoring the needed nutrients back into the discs. During therapy, you will go through phases of distraction and relaxation. Once the problem spinal disc is isolated it can be placed under pressure which creates a vacuum effect. The vacuum does two things. First, any portion of the disc that has herniated or protruded will return to where it should be. Second, the vacuum effect brings in a fresh blood supply which can promote healing.

Spinal flexion-distraction therapy typically takes only a few minutes to perform, depending on what we recommend. The number of therapy sessions varies from patient to patient. Most patients find pain relief within a few sessions. However, to achieve maximum and long-lasting relief, commitment to the entire recommended treatment program is necessary. For those who are candidates and follow the recommended guidelines, spinal flexion-distraction has proven to be highly effective.

In many instances there is more to disc problems than meets the eye. Many disc problems are not solely structural. Many disc problems are a combination of factors including:

  • Weak Cerebellar Output
  • Low Oxygen
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Adrenal System Depression or Elevation
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Genetic
  • Stress
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Disc Herniation
  • Ligament Overgrowth aka Ligament In-folding
  • Spondylolisthesis


If your sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, the condition is called sciatica (pronounced si-at-i-ka). The pain can be intense! It often follows the path of your nerve down the back of your legs and thighs, ankle, foot and toes, but it can also radiate to your back. Along with burning, sharp pains, you may also feel nerve sensations such as pins-and-needles, tingling, prickling, crawling sensations, or tenderness. Ironically, your leg may also feel numb.

To complicate matters, although sciatica pain is usually in the back of the legs or thighs, in some people it can be in the front or the side of the legs, or even in the hips. For some, the pain is in both legs – bilateral sciatica!

The quality of pain may vary. There may be constant throbbing, but then it may let up for hours or even days. It may ache or be knife-like. Sometimes postural changes, like lying down or changing positions, affect the pain, and sometimes they don’t. In severe cases, sciatica can cause a loss of reflexes or even a wasting of your calf muscles.

For sciatica sufferers, a good night’s sleep may be a thing of the past. Simple things like walking, sitting, or standing up can be difficult or impossible.

We take a different approach to the treatment and prevention of sciatica. After a thorough neurological examination we determine which part of the nervous system is not functioning properly. In many sciatica patients we may find a high mesencephalic output.

There are three parts to the brain stem: top, middle, and lower. The mesencephalon is the top part of the brain stem. A high output of the mesencephalon will cause an increased pulse and heart rate, inability to sleep or waking up from fitful sleep, urinary tract infection, increase warmth or sweating, and sensitivity to light.

Along with a high mesenphalic output, the sciatica patient may have a decreased output of the cerebellum. The cerebellum is in the back part of the brain, and it controls all of the involuntary spinal musculature.
No matter what the condition, it is imperative that the doctor performs a thorough and comprehensive exam to determine the exact nature of the patient’s condition.

The right brain controls the left side of the body, and the left brain controls the right side. If the patient is experiencing pain on one side of the body, the opposite brain may be firing at an abnormally high rate. In order for a patient to perceive pain, an area of the brain must fire at a higher frequency of firing. If the pain is bilateral or on both sides, there may be different central structures involved such as the brain stem or cerebellum. It is our job to determine which aspect of the central nervous system is not working properly.

Thorough examination, proper testing and evaluation is needed to pinpoint whether or not there are other factors contributing to your disc problems.

Before you opt for surgery, explore the possibility of spinal flexion-distraction therapy. Every person who is interested in spinal flexion-distraction therapy will be evaluated to see if he or she would make a good candidate. How do you know if you are a good candidate for spinal flexion-distraction therapy? Dr. Kelsey does a thorough exam which includes the following:

  • Screening Exam & Review of History
  • Review of MRI’s & Diagnostic Images
  • X-rays
  • Neurological and Physical Exam
  • Review of Findings

To schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for this breakthrough procedure give us a call at (260) 432-8777.