Back Pain Specialist

Jason Ablett, DC -  - Chiropractor

Pinnacle Health Chiropractic

Jason Ablett, DC

Chiropractor & Massage Therapist located in Kirkland, WA

Most adults suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, often after some sort of trauma. Whether your back pain was caused by an injury or not, you need to find the cause and have it treated. Back problems can cause chronic pain if injuries or irregularities continue to worsen. As a back pain expert who specializes in advanced pain-relief techniques, Jason Ablett, DC has helped countless Kirkland, Washington patients. At the office of Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, back pain sufferers often get relief shortly after starting their treatment plans. Call the office, or schedule your consultation online.

Back Pain Q & A

by Jason Ablett, DC

What causes back pain?

Acute back pain starts suddenly and lasts less than six weeks. Chronic back pain is defined as pain that lasts more than three months. Injuries from car accidents, slips and falls, or other trauma can cause either type of back pain. When you have an injury, back pain can stem from:

  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Torn ligaments or tendons
  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Vertebrae misalignment
  • Bone fractures

Sometimes back pain is not caused by an injury though. If you have not been through trauma, your back pain could be caused by:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Skeletal abnormalities

How does the Graston Technique® help with back pain?

Dr. Ablett specializes in providing back pain sufferers with the most advanced treatment method: the Graston Technique (GT). This treatment includes the use of specially designed tools that help Dr. Ablett deliver the most effective manual therapy. These stainless steel instruments have unique edges and angles that allow Dr. Ablett to work deep into soft tissues to:

  • Heal soft tissue lesions
  • Improve fascial restrictions
  • Restore joint movement

Can fascia treatment improve back pain?

Yes. Your fascial system is a massive layer of connective tissue that extends into the deeper layers of your skin. Healthy fascia is relaxed and supple. When it is restricted and tense, it becomes rigid. This effect causes tension, pulling, and pain. Sometimes you feel knots known as “trigger points” that cause deep, throbbing pain.

During a fascia treatment, also called myofascial release or MFR, Dr. Ablett works on the areas where fascia is most restricted. He gently applies pressure and stretches the area. Most patients report feeling a “release” of pressure shortly after having a fascia treatment session. Though your back pain should gradually subside after Dr. Ablett loosens up your fascia, it is likely that you need to come in for several appointments to achieve the most relief.  

Will I need more than one chiropractic appointment for back pain relief?

Probably yes. Many patients begin to notice an improvement after their first session. Because healing does not happen overnight, you need to come in regularly to fully recover from back pain. Most treatment plans include two to three weekly visits, for at least a couple months, depending on the severity of your back pain.