Back Disc Herniation, Piriformis, Hip & Groin Pain Experts


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Host: Costa Mesa Chiropractor Sebastian Gonzales

Lower Back X-rays And Why They Don’t MatterLower Back X-rays And Why They Don’t Matter34 MinutesJun 22, 202234 Minutes - Jun 22, 2022
Episode: 261

Lower Back X-rays And Why They Don’t Matter

PREMIUM PODCAST LINK (for Clinicians only) Sebastian's Low Back Books: Part 1: 6 Powerful Exercises ...

Effective Rehabilitation Options for Lower Back PainEffective Rehabilitation Options for Lower Back Pain43 MinutesJun 8, 202243 Minutes - Jun 8, 2022
Episode: 260

Effective Rehabilitation Options for Lower Back Pain

PREMIUM PODCAST LINK (for Clinicians only) Sebastian's Low Back Books: Part 1: 6 Powerful Exercises ...


Why Choose Us?

Finding the right Costa Mesa chiropractor with sports emphasis can be confusing.

Our satisfied customers say it best. You make the choice.

Sebastian & Dawne – Costa Mesa Chiropractors




Most Cases


We Only Use High Reward/Low Risk Treatments



Even Though our Costa Mesa Chiropractor are Not A "Real Doctor" 🙂


No Bone Cracking Required To Feel Good


Dr. Gonzales & Costantino Only Uses Current Evidence-Informed Methods




How is Performance Place’s treatment of lower back pain different?


The Performance Place 5 Step Recovery Process should be trademarked (perhaps it is in the process). Meet the staff here.

Step 1: Accurate Diagnosis

We start your recovery journey by getting insight into an accurate diagnosis. Our skilled doctors rule in and rule out all of the diagnoses Dr. Google may have scared you into thinking you have. 🙂

Step 2: First-aid

We use unique first-aid stretches to reduces pain radically within a single session. You should be very impressed (in most situations).

Step 3: Supportive Exercises

Rather than giving you a list of random therapy exercises, these corrective exercises are based on the mechanics of your diagnosis. They are low risk/ high reward, leaving you feeling looser than any sports massage could provide. Yes, we are sports chiropractors but we are excellent at coaching exercise therapy!

Step 4: Loading

Loading the body allows you to return to what you love. Reducing pain is important, but we all want to return to our formal selves. This is why humanity was always searched for the Fountain of Youth! Our rehabilitation therapy can help you feel younger again.

Step 5: Movement Variability Training

Movement is medicine. Avoiding movement can result in more pain (physical and mental) in the future. Allow us to take you through the Performance Place 5 Step Recovery System so you can live life unrestricted. Play with kids, hit a baseball, sprint…. all is possible!

What types of back pain does a Costa Mesa Chiropractor treat?


  • Disc Herniations
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Non-Specific Lower Back Pain
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Right Side Lower Back & Sciatica
  • Left Side Lower Back & Sciatica
  • Hip With Lower Back

Do I need to have a chiropractic adjustment?


No, a “cracking” you spine is not required to feel better using the Performance Place 5 Step Recovery System. We have many treatment approaches that we can use to accomplish the reduction of pain (and restoration of function) you’ve read about in our online reviews. “Cracks” are not required to feel better. Not all Costa Mesa chiropractors requires spinal adjustments to help you feel pain-free again.

My MRI shows _______________, can you help?


MRIs can help our Costa Mesa chiropractor identify the root cause of your pain, yet the results of an MRI do not give us all of the information. The only way to identify the root cause is if you allow us to examine you. We will perform a VERY comprehensive exam, that can complement your MRI or X-ray findings. Within this examination, we stress test your joints, muscles, discs, and tendons to identify the cause of your symptoms. If we can not help you, we will let you know on your first visit.

Real Patient Testimonials


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amazing for Disc Herniations

Sebastian has helped me numerous times with flare ups in my back. I have two herniated discs that has bed ridden me (most extreme case) as well not allowed me to bend over for weeks at a time. No matter what the degree of my injury, Sebastian and his staff were able to get back to health faster than any doctor or medication.

I would go to Sebastian for guidance and exercises for my back/disc issues before I’d even think about going to an orthopedic. He is always up to date with the newest technology as well as science.

He even had a zoom appointment with me when I was ok vacation. I live over 1.5hrs away from Sebastian, but I’d drive two hours to feel better. You can’t go wrong with going to Performance Place!

D Q. – Los Angeles

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Do you want to get better or waste time

All I can say is that Dr. Sebastian Gonzales is the best sports chiropractor/ therapist!

You can shop around for cost all you want but I can tell you I wasted tons of money and lots of time going to multiple doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists only to be misdiagnosed and told to do the same stretches I’ve been doing for years and/or to quit running (not an option!).

It was only after I found Dr. Gonzales that I got better!

Don’t waste your time & money looking somewhere else! Go get better!

– Brenda B. Long Beach

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 10X

Dr. Sebastian’s knowledge and experience combined with always being at the forefront of updated knowledge and research is second to none.

He provides a detailed understanding of the issues, and presents a clear path towards achieving your individual goals. If you want 10X results, this is the place.

He is the BEST Sports Chiropractor in Orange County. I’m glad is his right down Adams and Harbor in Costa Mesa.

– Bob M. Costa Mesa

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Always Learning and refining his craft!!

Dr. Gonzales is always up on the latest research, always refining his craft and looking for ways that his patients can help themselves understand the issue, define the issue and correct the issue! Equipping his patients with the knowledge and tools necessary to regain and maintain control over their situation.

Thank you Dr G!

I highly recommend Dr. Sebastian and Performance Place Sports Chiropractic to anyone that wants to recover and be an active participant in their recovery. Love that they are in Costa Mesa right by my house too!

**Patient, help heal they self!!**

– Dancoise C. Huntington Beach

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Fabulous care

Dr. Sebastian Gonzales, is a Miracle worker! If you have chronic pain, go see him! Don’t wait. I have been suffering with pain in my shoulder many months.

Went to him yesterday, he worked on it and evaluated and today is much better. I will be going back for more! I don’t love driving to Costa Mesa but worth the time.

– Jeanne E. Laguna Hills

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Excellent service

Excellent service and rehab facility, soft tissue work is amazing. Active Release Therapy worked well to reduce pain, especially for tight areas.

Sebastian is very knowledgable on sports injuries and very understanding about what you’re going through. His weightlifting methods to strengthen the body for functional movements are revolutionary in the chiropractic/ therapy field.

I would recommend a consultation with him even if your looking to improve athletic performance. Best Costa Mesa chiropractor hands down.

– Gerald M. Costa Mesa

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Very impressed

Dr. Gonzales has been such a huge help to me. I can’t thank him enough!

I love to run and am currently training for the Boston Marathon. I injured my hamstring and Dr. Gonzales got me right in.

He is so knowledgeable and is always very generous with his time in explaining things. To me, peace of mind is the most important thing, so I have truly appreciated his assessments of my injury, his Active Release treatments and his advice on a plan for the most productive recovery.

Thanks Doctor G! You’re the best.

– Laura D. Long Beach

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Brilliant!

Dr Gonzales is brilliant with an uncanny ability to correctly diagnose and treat; I believe he is truly gifted. I visited his office after suffering through a major car accident leaving me in unbearable pain and unable to walk.

After putting me through a series of assessments, then ordering a CT scan to confirm his diagnosis, he began his magic. But don’t think he won’t make you work in your healing!

He and Dr Dawn gave me unique and challenging movement exercises to be done in the office and at home, always making sure I was able to with correct form and no pain.

The office is run super efficiently, and with these two doctors at the helm, you can trust you’re in the best hands! Don’t look any further for other chiropractors or PTs. Come see these two in Costa Mesa, right by OCC.

M. Barger – Orange County

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Amazing Sciatica Relief

This is the fourth and final stop in my one-year search for sciatic pain relief. I was struck by Dr. Sebastian Gonzales’ knowledge and authority when I watched his video on lower back pain, and I booked an initial session.

After the examination, I received a diagnosis, which made me certain enough to book multiple visits – it was the best thing I could have done.

My care has been precise and technical, but also compassionate – and, most important, the results have been effective and lasting. Having the tools to remain pain-free is now a reality, and I am regaining strength and stability with therapy customized for me.

If you have been getting the runaround from various practitioners, and want real results, this is the place. The hour drive each way pales in comparison to the solid benefits that I have received.

Thanks very much Performance Place Sports Care!

M Shen – Los Angeles

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  I Can Walk Again!

I am fairly active individual and was practicing my golf swing, when I did something to suddenly cause a nerve issue on my right side. Initially, I tried to massage it with a roller, used a roller on my back, and used a massage gun to ameliorate the situation. Nothing was working and it was getting worse to a point I could not even walk. And when I was moving, I could only go about 25 feet, because the pain was so excruciating. I then contacted a personal training friend of mine who worked with me for a couple of sessions and while I could walk for a few hours after a session, the pain would come back and the reward of walking was getting shorter and shorter.

So the trainer recommended I go see Sebastian. A big reason I was willing to see him, was that my trainer told me that Sebastian’s answer is not to immediately try and adjust my back. Instead he give me and had me do exercises to help focus muscles to in my case activate more to help with the problem. After doing a short focused review of me by me attempting to do a few things from walking to standing, he had me focus on a few exercises and found me a relief position, so I was not in pain.

Now after a few sessions with Sebastian , I am walking fine and feel comfortable to take on a daily life again. And none of this was done through a manipulation of my back or any prescribed medication. In fact, I did not even take any aspirin.

Now everyone is different in this world, but for me the methodology and practical aspect of how he worked with me was I believe one of the best treatments, that has become something that I can easily follow to a continued active life. If you are looking for a practical, thoughtful, and non medicinal way to alleviate nerve/back pain, please go see Sebastian, you will be very happy with how he works with you to alleviate your issues.

B Iritani – Huntington Beach

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  I Can Back Squat Again!

Would absolutely recommend Performance Place Sports Care & Chiropractic! Best Costa Mesa Chiropractors for sure!

I’ve seen multiple PTs over the course of 3 years for an on and off back injury and always received similar treatment; rest, take it easy, ice and stim therapy… I’ve been an athlete my whole life and maintain an active lifestyle. These previous treatment plans did not help me progress out of my pain.

Dawne took an active approach and had me working through a series of stretches and exercises the first day to address the root causes of my issues. I felt immediate progress/relief after the first session!

Dawne and the staff at Performance Place are knowledgeable, professional and take a genuine interest in your health – they are very impressive!

Thanks for everything Dawne!


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  I can lift again

I had both an acute injury (nerve pain from snowboard fall) and a long-term shoulder injury (rotator cuff/AC joint issues from BJJ).

Dr. Gonzales addressed both issues simultaneously with hands-on treatment and exercises. He taught me how to address that nerve pain whenever it flared up (kind of like a first aid treatment) as well as exercises to strengthen that injured shoulder.

If your training and health philosophy are based on the foundational movement patterns (push, pull, squat, hinge, carry) or you follow the mantra of “movement is medicine”, then Dr. Gonzales is definitely who you are looking for. Can’t recommend enough.

BH – Irvine

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  Hip pain is alllllll gone!

I’ve been battling a bad left hip for 6 months and it steadily worsened to the point that walking and sleeping were a struggle – let alone hiking, biking, skiing, golfing, or any recreational activity. Orthopedics, X-rays, Chiropractors, you-tubers were all dead ends. I feel so fortunate I found Dr. Sebastian Gonzales.

Just after one virtual visit he was able to diagnose my problem and give me exercises to relieve the pain. And after 2 more virtual visits I’m amazed how all of my symptoms have melted away. It was like peeling away layers of the onion.

Today I’m walking, biking, sleeping, and golfing(!) with no pain.

If you’re reading this and on the fence about making the call – just do it. You will be amazed like me.

T P. Mammoth Lakes

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  WOW

Wow! The Physical Therapists at Performance Place are LIFE CHANGERS. You know you’re at a good place when they repair you and send you on your way…no extra sales techniques or prolonged treatment plans. I came here after experiencing a L5 S1 disc herniation in my spine. I was in a car accident, where I was rear ended and it completely limited my ability to bend over and even pick up a light laundry basket. After trying 2 different chiropractors with little improvement; I found Performance Place. They thoroughly assessed my injuries and started me on a customized treatment plan.

With in 2-3 weeks I was getting back to lifting weights and feeling improved mobility. By weeks 5-6 I was cleared to do just about any physical activity. I really thought I would be severely limited after my accident and was told by multiple doctors that I would be…

I am so thankful that I met the team, specifically Sebastian, Marylou and Jared! They have helped me heal and regain my active lifestyle. Wishing everyone that works there many blessings!

V S. Belmont Shore

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  I Can Throw Again

For a period of eight months dating back to last summer I had been experiencing right elbow pain caused by playing baseball.

The pain — a sharp burning sensation directly on the tip of the bone on the inside of my throwing arm — occurred whenever I threw a ball with velocity. The pain would last a few seconds, then go away.

I love playing baseball so I did lots of stretching and band work every day hoping that would help alleviate the discomfort. However, the problem persisted.

I had recently met Dr. Sebastian Gonzales through my baseball activities. Sebastian believes most arm issues originate from the neck, and he encouraged me to visit his office for a diagnosis.

The Costa Mesa clinic is more like a sports rehab lab than a typical stagnant chiropractor’s office. It is a very comfortable environment.

On my initial visit, an intern named Max, under the supervision of Dr. Gonzales, performed what he calls “face pumps” (not as weird as it sounds) to manipulate my neck.

He also led me through a series of exercises designed to stabilize my shoulder and neck so the problem doesn’t return.

We’d then go out to the parking lot to play catch in order to test my arm. I would explain what I was feeling. We would then go back inside and repeat the routine.

By the third go-round, my elbow pain had significantly subsided and I was able to throw the baseball farther and more forcefully than I had in many years.

On my follow up visit, Max again did face pumps, and added in a few additional drills, which I continue to do at home.

Both Sebastian and Max have a unique understanding of sports injuries, and they know exactly what type of body adjustments work best to treat a particular injury.

Now, just three weeks later, our adult baseball season has resumed and I am thrilled to say that my elbow pain is gone and I am throwing the ball with plenty of oomph behind it. My elbow is no longer a concern.

At age 58, I thought I’d have to “retire” from playing baseball, but the work of Dr. Seb and his P2 Team has allowed me to continue playing… pain-free!

If you have any type of sports-related injury, I highly recommend a visit to Performance Place Sports Care.

Mark Meyers – Seal Beach