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Finding Relief from Chronic Back Pain: A Holistic Approach to Arachnoiditis with Physical Therapy - John Varvatos

Chronic back pain is a widespread and debilitating condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by persistent discomfort or pain in the back that lasts for 12 weeks or more, significantly impacting a person’s quality of life. This condition can result from a variety of reasons, including muscle strains, herniated discs, arthritis, or even unknown origins. 

Understanding these causes and addressing every problem is crucial to regain your health. This is where MOCEAN comes in! We address the root causes of chronic back pain and ensure our patients stay healthy. In this case study, we will discuss John’s story, who experienced severe back pain and got himself healed through MOCEAN’s experienced treatment plans.

Background and Problems of John Varvatos

About 30 years ago, John suffered a back injury that plagued him with chronic pain. Despite seeking help from numerous therapists, he found no lasting relief. Eventually, he made the difficult decision to undergo spine surgery, hoping it would finally alleviate his pain and allow him to live a normal life.

Initially, John’s surgery appeared successful, but just two months later, he experienced excruciating nerve pain radiating from his lower back down to his seat. The pain became so severe that it rendered him unable to get in and out of bed or walk more than a short distance. Additionally, his body became crooked, prompting him to return to his spine surgeon, who referred him to a pain specialist.

During the consultation with the pain specialist, John received a diagnosis of arachnoiditis. Although the pain specialist did not provide an extensive explanation of the condition, John quickly realized that it was a nerve disorder with no definitive cure. Desperate for answers, he delved into extensive research, only to discover that arachnoiditis remained shrouded in mystery with many unknown aspects.

First Interaction of John with MOCEAN

Amidst his search for solutions, John stumbled upon MOCEAN, an integrative holistic physical therapy clinic. He scheduled a meeting with Dr. Joshua Park, and their conversation lasted for about an hour. During this time, John opened up about every aspect of his life, including the stress he endured and the onset of his chronic back pain. Dr. Park’s words resonated deeply with John when he said, “I believe in miracles.”

From that day forward, John and Dr. Park embarked on a collaborative journey to find the most effective path for relieving his pain. Over the course of two to three months, John made significant progress in managing his daily life. He regained the ability to stand straight and, remarkably, even enjoyed playing golf for the first time in four years. 

He testified about how the treatment at MOCEAN improved not only his physical health but also his mental well-being. He shared how MOCEAN lifted him up from the negativity and weight that had burdened him every day due to his physical pain and how it helped him move forward with positivity in every aspect of his life.

Before going into the exact treatment process, let’s take a quick look at Arachnoiditis. 

What is Arachnoiditis?

Arachnoiditis is a rare but debilitating condition characterized by inflammation of the arachnoid, one of the protective membranes covering the spinal cord. 

This inflammation often leads to the formation of scar tissue, causing the nerves in the spinal cord to become compressed or stuck together. As a result, individuals with arachnoiditis experience chronic pain and various neurological symptoms.

Causes of Arachnoiditis

Arachnoiditis can occur due to several factors, including:

  • Infection: Infections such as meningitis or tuberculosis can cause inflammation in the arachnoid.
  • Spinal Surgeries or Procedures: Invasive spinal surgeries or procedures, particularly those involving the use of dyes or contrast agents, can sometimes trigger the development of arachnoiditis.
  • Spinal Injuries or Trauma: Severe trauma to the spine, such as spinal fractures or spinal cord injuries, can lead to arachnoiditis.
  • Chemical Irritation: Exposure to certain chemicals, including some types of contrast agents used in diagnostic imaging, can cause irritation and inflammation in the arachnoid.

Traditional Treatment of Arachnoiditis

Traditionally, the treatment of arachnoiditis has revolved around surgical interventions and pain medications. However, surgery may not always provide long-term relief, such as in the case of John, and pain medications often come with side effects and the risk of dependency. Moreover, these approaches primarily focus on symptom management rather than addressing the root cause of the problem.

Treatments Offered by MOCEAN

The transformative experience that changed John is due to the MOCEAN’s unique approach to treating chronic back pain caused by arachnoiditis. Unlike conventional medical practices, MOCEAN prioritizes personalized, one-on-one physical therapy for chronic back pain sessions that aim to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities, alleviating chronic pain and restoring functionality. MOCEAN practitioners adopt an integrated approach to medicine, taking into account the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of their patients’ well-being.

  • Within the realm of MOCEAN therapy, various techniques are employed to target arachnoiditis-related pain. Guided Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) and Cupping Therapy are among the prominent treatments utilized, along with Red Light Therapy, to help reduce inflammation, providing further relief. 
  • Once the inflammation is under control, customized exercise regimens are tailored to suit each patient’s needs. 

In John’s case, his symptoms became manageable within three months of undergoing MOCEAN Therapy. He is currently following a personalized exercise routine to strengthen his body and continue his process.

It is crucial to note that MOCEAN’s holistic approach extends beyond symptom management. By focusing on the interconnectedness and interdependencies of body systems, MOCEAN therapists strive to identify and address the root causes of chronic back pain rather than simply providing temporary relief.

Advantages of MOCEAN Therapy

There are significant advantages of MOCEAN Therapy for arachnoiditis-related chronic back pain. 

Firstly, it offers a non-invasive and drug-free alternative, reducing the potential risks associated with medication and surgical interventions. Secondly, it goes beyond the restoration of mobility, improving posture, and addressing muscle imbalances. 

Therapists consider each client’s body as a holistic entity and walk with them every step of their healing journey, with the goal of enhancing overall well-being that extends beyond physical improvements. Finally, MOCEAN Therapy empowers individuals by providing them with knowledge about their condition, teaching proper body mechanics and ergonomics, and equipping them with strategies for self-management and long-term pain relief.


Chronic back pain is a complex and challenging condition that requires personalized treatment approaches. However, we are pleased to report that John Varvatos has completely recovered and is enjoying a happy, healthy, pain-free life. If you or someone you know is struggling with chronic back pain, connect with MOCEAN and explore the most suitable treatment options available.

Then we create a health plan tailored to your needs.

Based on the results, we develop a personalized treatment plan for each individual to promote optimal health. With 1-on-1 consultations, cutting-edge technology, and a team of experts who care about getting you better, MOCEAN offers you a comprehensive road map on how to become the healthiest version of yourself.