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How to Put an End to Your Frequent Migraines Mar 5th, 2024

Migraine headaches are different from your average headache; they can severely limit your activities and wait out the pain until it's over. What's worse is migraine headaches may become frequent, further impacting your life. Frequent migraines are complicated for you to manage alone, and medications don't always do the trick...

5 Signs of Degenerative Disc Disease Feb 1st, 2024

Your spine consists of various components, including the bony vertebrae that protect the spinal cord and soft, spongy intervertebral discs that absorb shock and provide cushioning. Each aspect of the spine is essential for movement, sensation, and posture, so when one thing is off, every part of your body can...

Does Fibromyalgia Eventually Resolve on its Own? Jan 10th, 2024

Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition that leads to widespread pain throughout the body. Doctors don't completely understand what causes fibromyalgia, making it even harder to diagnose and treat. If you're living with fibromyalgia, it's easy to lose hope that you'll ever find relief – but it's possible. Some people even...

How the Active Release Technique Alleviates Pain and Restores Your Range of Motion Dec 11th, 2023

Soft tissues, bones, muscles, and ligaments are all part of your body's composition, allowing you to move and function daily. Various musculoskeletal conditions affect these parts of your body, causing pain and making it hard to move correctly. Most people dealing with chronic musculoskeletal problems find it hard to get...

How the Graston Technique Helps When You Have Rib Pain Nov 15th, 2023

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to keep your body in alignment and prevent chronic pain. It's also a great option when dealing with pain from various conditions like fibromyalgia and migraines. Rib pain is something many people don't think of when considering chiropractic care, even though it's prevalent. If...

Try These 3 Stretches to Relieve Your Sciatica Pain Oct 1st, 2023

The sciatic nerve is the biggest in the body; it originates above the hips and runs down each leg before it ends right below each knee. When the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, it causes painful sciatica. Living with sciatica is difficult, especially when it's chronic and makes it difficult to...

Migraines vs. Tension Headaches: Understanding the Difference Sep 1st, 2023

You probably know the feeling all too well — pain behind your eyes, a pounding sensation in your head, and sensitivity to light and sound. These are all signs of a headache, with some pointing more toward migraines. However, if you continue to experience headaches, it's crucial to know which...

5 Helpful Treatments for Fibromyalgia Aug 1st, 2023

Living with fibromyalgia is tough, especially when you can't find the right treatment. The aches and pains make it difficult to get through a normal day, including work and home. The key to staying ahead of fibromyalgia is not just one treatment; several therapies work together to decrease pain and improve your...

5 Common Conditions That Fuel Lower Back Pain Jul 11th, 2023

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, about 75-85% of people suffer from low back pain at some point in life. However, 90% of those cases, it's temporary and doesn't cause significant disability. You may have low back pain for various reasons, including an injury or degenerative conditions in...

What Does Sciatica Pain Feel Like? Jun 1st, 2023

Sciatica is a painful condition resulting from pressure on your back nerves. Sciatica could be the culprit if you live with leg or back pain. Understanding the signs and symptoms of sciatica is crucial so you can get treatment early on and return to your everyday life. At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, Dr. Jason...

How Kidney Stones Can Cause Rib Pain May 1st, 2023

Kidney stones are painful conditions where small deposits form in your kidneys. When the stones move around or try to exit your kidney, you often have flank or low back pain. However, in some cases, the pain can spread to your ribs, making you second-guess what's causing your discomfort. If...

How Rehabilitative Exercise Can Help Your Chronic Pain Apr 6th, 2023

Everyone experiences pain at some point, but it's often short-lived. Medications and other treatments cover up the pain, while rehabilitative exercise helps you overcome pain by building strength and flexibility. When your pain sticks around, though, it's much harder to eliminate. At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, Dr. Jason Ablett offers rehabilitative...

Why Am I Having Delayed Pain Weeks After My Car Accident? Mar 9th, 2023

It's not uncommon to feel okay after a minor car accident, even if you've sustained an injury. Your stress levels shoot up from the adrenaline pumping through your body, which is why your pain may not show up until a few days or weeks after your accident. Dr. Jason Ablett and the Pinnacle Health...

The Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Headaches Feb 13th, 2023

Artificial sweeteners are a good option when you like sweet things but don't want the added calories of natural sugar. However, there are some drawbacks to artificial sweeteners, including headaches. If you're suffering from headaches and need help getting them under control, Dr. Jason Ablett and the team at Pinnacle...

Serious Causes of Rib Pain Jan 2nd, 2023

Ribs are vital structures that shape your chest and protect your internal organs. They can become injured, often leading to pain around your chest's sides. It's not uncommon to feel pain in or around your rib cage. However, other issues unrelated to your ribs cause similar pain but are much...

Here’s What to Expect From Fascial Release Therapy Dec 6th, 2022

Do you ever feel like you can't move because your muscles feel still? Your fascia is what surrounds your muscles and joints. While it could be your muscles, it may also be your connective tissue that's the problem. Sometimes, the fascia becomes rigid, causing pain and problems with mobility. Fascia...

Preventing Osteoporosis Nov 8th, 2022

Osteoporosis is a disease of your bones that leads to easy fractures in your spine, hip, and wrists. However, the disease affects all of the bones in your body. This condition is a part of aging, but you can prevent it through several lifestyle changes. Dr. Jason Ablett and the...

What Puts You at Risk for Migraines? Oct 7th, 2022

Migraine headaches are very intense and last much longer than a typical headache. They often come on at the worst of times, making getting anything done nearly impossible. There are several factors that make it more likely you’ll suffer from a migraine. Understanding your risk helps you avoid getting these...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Lingering Rib Pain Sep 14th, 2022

When you have pain in your ribs, it could be merely a pulled muscle, or an indication of something more serious, like pancreatitis. Either way, it’s important to understand the cause of rib pain, so you know when to get treatment. Rib pain diagnosis and treatment is one of Dr. Jason Ablett’s specialties...

5 Dietary Issues That Fuel Headaches Aug 9th, 2022

Everyone gets a headache now and then and it’s usually nothing to worry about. However, if you continue to have headaches, it’s vital that you find out what’s causing them. There are a lot of things that trigger headaches, with one of the main things being your diet. At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, Dr. Jason...

Why is Fibromyalgia More Common in Women? Jul 12th, 2022

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that leads to widespread pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. It affects more than 4 million adults in the US, according to the CDC. However, women are more often affected by this disease than men.  At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, Dr. Jason Ablett and his team offer expert and compassionate care...

5 Orthopedic Causes of Sciatica Jun 1st, 2022

Sciatica is a condition that causes nerve pain in your legs and lower back. This condition is caused by a number of problems, some of which are orthopedic in nature. Learning what causes sciatica helps you avoid the pain or manage your condition. At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, our team are experts in pain...

Your First Steps After an Auto Injury May 1st, 2022

Car accidents happen all of the time, but people aren’t always injured. However, if you’ve been hit or hit someone, and now you’re hurting, there are steps to take to ensure your safety and well-being. Although you may be tempted to worry about your car and insurance, taking care of...

What Most People Don't Know About Fibromyalgia Apr 1st, 2022

When you have fibromyalgia, it may seem like you’ll never get rid of the pain. And forget about the energy you once had; it’s now replaced with fatigue and brain fog. Understanding fibromyalgia is difficult, but we can help you find ways to get your life back, and reduce your pain....

What Causes Rib Pain? Mar 1st, 2022

Pain in any part of your body has the ability to affect your life. But when that pain is focused on your rib cage, it can be especially difficult to get anything done. There are a number of different issues that lead to rib pain, and understanding them helps you...

Migraines vs. Headaches: Here's What You Should Know Feb 1st, 2022

You’ve likely experienced a headache at some point in your life, because they aren’t uncommon. Stress from work and lack of sleep can bring them on in a heartbeat, but what if it’s actually a migraine instead? Learning the signs of a migraine versus a headache can help you avoid...

Can Dietary Changes Help Degenerative Disc Disease? Jan 1st, 2022

When your back pain has been diagnosed as degenerative disc disease, the prognosis may have you in a tailspin. Although this condition is scary and painful, it can be successfully managed through a number of different treatments. But there are also lifestyle changes you can make — specifically your diet...

6 Common Headache Triggers Dec 1st, 2021

When you suffer from headaches, it really starts to affect how you live your life. Not only is your social life affected, but your work can be affected, too. You may or may not know the circumstances that trigger these headaches, but if you can find out, you could be...

How Does Osteoporosis Affect the Back? Nov 1st, 2021

It shouldn’t be a surprise that as you get older, your bones don’t rebuild themselves as quickly. But when your bone loss exceeds regrowth, it could be due to a condition called osteoporosis. This medical condition causes your bones to become brittle, which in turn leads to fractures. This is...

4 Pain Relieving Treatments for Fibromyalgia Oct 3rd, 2021

Pain is likely something you’ll experience more than once in your life. However, if the pain is widespread and never seems to let up, you could be dealing with a condition known as fibromyalgia. This condition is tricky to diagnose, and even harder to treat. However, our team at Pinnacle...

Benefits of Rehab Exercise After an Injury Sep 1st, 2021

Injuries are an unfortunate part of your life, and they usually hit at the most inconvenient times. The same goes for chronic pain. While there are many treatment options out there to help you recover, one of the best types of therapy is known as rehabilitative exercise. At Pinnacle Health...

6 Conditions That Cause Rib Pain Aug 4th, 2021

When you have pain in your ribs, you might be wondering what’s causing so much discomfort. Is it your heart, or a less severe condition that’s making your ribs ache? Unfortunately, there are several conditions that can lead to rib pain, each one a little different than the next. The...

Can Tumors Cause Sciatica? Jul 26th, 2021

Your back is very important in order for you to get through your daily activities. However, it’s also prone to painful conditions and injury. Sciatica is a condition that affects many people, and can be debilitating from the intense pain. But what causes sciatica? At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, our team...

5 Treatments for Degenerative Disc Disease Jun 16th, 2021

Your back is so important, not only for your posture, but also for allowing you to move about throughout the day. But when injuries strike, they lead to pain, and sometimes degenerative conditions that are hard to treat. Degenerative disc disease is one of those pesky conditions that makes life...

Is Your Lifestyle Causing Your Headaches? May 13th, 2021

Headaches and migraines are very common, but that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with. When stress or other triggers are causing you to have frequent headaches, it might be time for you to make some lifestyle adjustments. This isn’t an easy task, but changing certain habits can get...

4 Causes of Chronic Back Pain Apr 1st, 2021

Throughout your life, injuries are likely to occur, especially in your back. In most cases, your pain gets better after a few days of rest and home care. However, if your pain persists for weeks to months, something more could be going on that's causing you to experience chronic back...

Why You Shouldn't Skip Rehabilitation Exercise Mar 3rd, 2021

If you're an athlete in any kind of sport, you know the importance of staying in shape and keeping your muscles toned. The same is true after you undergo surgery or suffer an injury; keeping your body at its best helps you to heal faster. No matter what you’re dealing...

5 Signs of Fibromyalgia Feb 8th, 2021

Pain isn’t something you ever have to deal with, especially when it comes on suddenly and isn’t easily relieved. Pain can be caused by a number of different problems, including fibromyalgia. However, if it’s your only symptom, how do you know if this condition is what’s causing your chronic discomfort?...

How Rehabilitative Exercise Makes You Stronger Jan 28th, 2021

Weakness in your body shows in many different ways. It could be from chronic pain from a variety of conditions, or through an injury you sustained from physical activity. Either way, strengthening your body through rehabilitative exercise is imperative to overcoming an injury or chronic condition. At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic,...

Is Electrical Stimulation Right for Me? Dec 28th, 2020

If you’re looking for nonsurgical solutions to a chronic pain condition, chiropractic care is a great way to relieve persistent pain from issues like fibromyalgia and sciatica. As a skilled chiropractor, Jason Ablett, DC, uses the latest chiropractic techniques at Pinnacle Health Chiropractic to address pain and immobility. Dr. Ablett...

When Is A Headache Serious? Nov 23rd, 2020

Headaches are a common occurrence and nuisance. In most cases, a headache usually isn’t a cause for concern. There are some instances, however, when a headache can be something more serious. Jason Ablett, DC, specializes in treating headaches at his practice, Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, in Kirkland, Washington. Here, he discusses...

Help! I Hurt All Over Oct 8th, 2020

The incidence of chronic pain in the United States is high — one in five adults reports chronic pain and 8% of the population experiences high-impact chronic pain. In many cases, the pain is located in one area, such as your back or knees. But pain “all over” is another...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Neck Pain Sep 8th, 2020

If you’ve ever slept in an odd position, you know that neck pain can be excruciating and extremely limiting to your range of motion. The neck is a complex part of your body with an amazing range of motion, but when your neck hurts, it’s hard to ignore.  While you...

Herniated Discs and Low Back Pain: What You Should Know Aug 14th, 2020

Spinal discs in the lower back absorb shocks between your vertebrae, support your upper body, and enable you to make smooth movements.  When your discs herniate — whether by bulging, rupturing, or leaking some of their inner material — they become a source of radiating pain, stiffness, and discomfort. We...

Common Causes of Rib Pain and When to Seek Treatment Jul 16th, 2020

Pain in or around your ribs can feel hard to pinpoint. Is it muscular? Is there a problem with one of your ribs itself? Is something going on underneath your rib cage that’s causing your discomfort? Fortunately, figuring out what’s causing your rib pain doesn’t have to be a daunting...

Chiropractic Care for Headaches Jun 12th, 2020

Regardless of your type of headache, the pain can be absolutely debilitating, disrupting your life and schedule. Chronic headaches — when you have more days with headaches than you don’t — bring your life to a screeching halt.   If you’ve never considered chiropractic care to relieve headache pain, you are...

The Best Rehabilitative Exercises After a Car Accident May 19th, 2020

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor even if you feel okay. It’s a great idea to see a chiropractor who can provide the care you need and teach you rehabilitative exercises that will help speed your recovery. Make an...

How Can a Chiropracter Help my Degenerative Disk Disease? Apr 30th, 2020

The spine is made up of 24 bony vertebrae with rubbery, cushioning discs between them to prevent the bones from rubbing together and to allow for flexing and bending of the neck and back. Over time, these discs become worn from use, and they can rupture, dry out, or slip...

Adjusting for Good Health: The Top 5 Benefits of Chiropractic Care Mar 1st, 2020

Without your joints, your body doesn’t move. And like a well-tuned car, your body moves best with parts balanced and aligned. It’s not just about your bones. Blood supply and nerve response work best when joints interact as they should. This is where Dr. Jason Ablett at Pinnacle Health Chiropractic...

Overcoming Injuries With Chiropractic Care Feb 12th, 2020

At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, we offer a whole-body form of therapy designed to help you heal naturally, without medication or surgery. The chiropractic techniques that we use are used by trained physiotherapists. Our techniques encourage healthy growth and the healing of old wounds. James Ablett, DC, leads our team in...

Why You Should Know About Maigne's Syndrome Jan 27th, 2020

Chronic pain anywhere is a difficult, life-interrupting condition. Joint pain can be devastating, but back pain can affect you more than pain in any other part or joint of your body. Back pain can show symptoms that range from headaches to pain in your knees to your feet.  Around 16...

Do I Need Chiropractic Treatment if I’m Not in Pain? Dec 9th, 2019

Chiropractic treatment focuses on disorders of the muscles, joints, bones, and nervous system and the ways these disorders affect general health. While most people seek chiropractic treatment for neck pain, back pain, joint pain, or headaches, this type of drug-free approach can also help enhance overall health and functioning. About...

7 Drug-Free Ways to Manage Headache Pain Nov 22nd, 2019

Do you frequently suffer from headaches? Are you curious about drug-free ways to treat your pain? Fortunately, there are plenty of holistic and chiropractic cures that have a good deal of success in patients who experience frequent tension headaches. At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, Dr. Jason Ablett has worked closely with...

Is Back Pain a Normal Part of Aging? Oct 1st, 2019

Back pain is incredibly common, and it tends to escalate with age. Most people start to notice more back pain between the ages of 40 and 60, but some people will feel the effects of an aging spine as early as their 30s. An occasional twinge is normal, but if...

5 Ways Trigger Point Injections Can Alleviate Pain Sep 3rd, 2019

If you have a band of muscles that knots up and just won’t relax, it can make you miserable and even make your everyday activities difficult. Those knots, also called trigger points, aggravate nearby nerves and cause a variety of frustrating symptoms, including a constant dull ache, searing pain, a...

Managing Fibromyalgia Pain: Know Your Options Aug 18th, 2019

While we may not know what causes fibromyalgia, we have many treatment options we can use to help with the potentially debilitating pain and fatigue symptoms of this chronic condition. At Pinnacle Health Chiropractic, Jason Ablett, DC, supports patients by finding the right balance of treatments for their fibromyalgia pain....

Here's How Your Weight Affects Your Sciatica Pain Jul 24th, 2019

Do you sometimes feel a painful bolt of lightning running from your lower back or hip down into your buttocks or legs? Sciatica affects around 40% of all people at some point in their lifetime, and your risk can go up as you age or if you have other back...

Why You Should Have a Medical Evaluation After an Auto Accident Even if You're Not in Pain Jun 14th, 2019

Some injuries from auto accidents are obvious, like broken bones and lacerations, and they’re treated immediately at a hospital. But what you may not realize is that many injuries are not detected at the scene of an accident. Your internal organs and soft tissue can sustain damage that doesn’t show...

Excessive Sitting Could be Contributing to Your Back Pain May 21st, 2019

When it comes to back pain, people think of injuries like car accidents or lifting something too heavy. But for chronic back pain, the culprit is typically way less conspicuous. In many cases, back pain comes from excessive sitting and is becoming more common among those who work in office...

3 Drug-Free Migraine Treatments That Work Apr 25th, 2019

Migraines are extremely painful and can be debilitating for many patients. If you are not able to find a treatment that works, you may be in pain for hours or even days. In many cases, doctors will prescribe medication to help with migraine pain, prevent attacks or even stop attacks...

How does the Graston Technique® help with back pain? Mar 1st, 2019

If you have back pain and reduced mobility in your spine, a chiropractic method called the Graston Technique® may be able to help. It uses specialized tools to break down scar tissue and restrictions in your connective tissue that have resulted from trauma. By using the Graston Technique, Jason Ablett,...

How Fibromyalgia Affects Your Entire Body Feb 1st, 2019

Fibromyalgia has been misunderstood and often misdiagnosed for centuries. Doctors first described the widespread and sometimes debilitating pain associated with fibromyalgia as muscle rheumatism. In 1904, the term “fibrositis” came into favor and stuck until physicians switched to “fibromyalgia” in 1976. It wasn’t until 1981, however, that results of a...

Why Rehabilitative Exercise Could Be a Great Option for You Jan 9th, 2019

In the U.S., as many as 20% of adults live with chronic pain, of which, around 8% experience high impact chronic pain, which is pain that lasts for more than three months and restricts at least one major life activity (e.g., being able to work outside the home). Often, chronic pain results after a single...

5 Reasons to See a Chiropractor Even if You're Not in Pain Dec 20th, 2018

Misalignment often occurs weeks, months, or even years before pain Pain is the result of dysfunction somewhere in the body, and while some injuries cause immediate pain, more subtle problems like misalignment can take weeks or months to lead to serious pain. By going to the chiropractor early and often,...

Why It's so Important to See a Doctor After an Auto Accident Nov 26th, 2018

Every year, more than 2 million people are injured in car accidents across the U.S. Yet only a fraction of those people visit their doctor for an evaluation and exam following their crash. Why? Because all too often, people believe if they can't see or feel any "major" injuries, they...

Understanding the Many Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor Oct 31st, 2018

Seeing a chiropractor is good for your physical and emotional well-being, and even good for the people that you interact with every day. By improving your quality of life, your overall disposition, and your ability to do the things you enjoy, you can lead a happier and fuller life by...

3 Interesting Facts About Migraines Sep 12th, 2018

A migraine is a headache that feels like severe throbbing or pulsing sensations, usually on one side of your head. During an episode, this debilitating condition can leave you unable to participate in life. One of the best things you can do for your headaches is to arm yourself with...

Why Rehabilitative Exercise After an Injury is So Important Aug 28th, 2018

Rehabilitative Exercise after an injury is essential to your recovery. The recuperation period following an injury may take time, and you may even need bed rest or may have to immobilize the affected area, particularly with a broken arm, leg, or foot. This rest and recovery is crucial for your...

Five Ways to Know if You’re Suffering From Sciatica Jul 25th, 2018

Up to 40% of people will develop sciatic pain, also known as sciatica, at some point in their lives. Because the pain typically generates from your low back, most people who come in to see us at Pinnacle Health Chiropractic think it’s a back problem. But sciatica is caused by...

Four All-Natural Solutions for Fibromyalgia Pain Jun 18th, 2018

Pain is the common denominator for fibromyalgia patients. If you have fibromyalgia, you probably have experience with prescription pain medications. There are as many reasons to choose not to take opioids and related pharmaceuticals as there are people with fibromyalgia. Although there haven’t been many formal studies into alternative approaches...

How Adrenaline and Endorphins Can Delay the Pain You Feel After a Car Accident May 16th, 2018

Any car accident can be a stressful situation, and though it may feel overwhelming, our bodies respond in a predictable way. That may not make it any easier to deal with the wide span of emotions, but it can help you understand what you’re experiencing in the period after a...

How Chiropractic Care Can Relieve Whiplash Pain Apr 13th, 2018

One of the most common injuries in automobile accidents is whiplash, or injury to the muscles and ligaments of the neck. Whiplash, sometimes called neck strain or neck sprain, is especially likely if you are involved in a rear-end accident because the sudden force of the collision makes your head...

5 Ways Massage Therapy Can Help After a Car Accident Mar 29th, 2018

An auto accident is traumatic, even if you don’t get injured. You have paperwork, repairs, and insurance claims, and all of that stress can overshadow a little tenderness in your neck or a slight headache. Getting massage therapy after an auto accident can make all the difference to how you...

Ditch the Drugs: Chiropractic Care for Remedying and Preventing Headaches Feb 27th, 2018

Ditch the Drugs: Chiropractic Care for Remedying and Preventing HeadachesAmerica is in love with the idea of a “quick fix.” Whether it’s a piece of duct tape or a little pill, we’ve learned how to bypass the underlying structural problem by finding a solution that’ll get us through another day.And...

6 Tips for Preventing Tech Neck Jan 8th, 2018

We use computers at work, tablets for entertainment, and our phones all the time. So many devices can lead to tech neck -- neck pain and strain from looking down or from an improperly set up desk or workstation. To avoid neck pain and possible damage to the muscles and...

Nine Benefits of Chiropractic Care That You May Not Know About Dec 6th, 2017

In the following article, Dr. Jason Ablett of Pinnacle Health Chiropractic in Kirkland, Washington, reveals nine incredible benefits of chiropractic care.The advances in modern medicine have been nothing short of amazing as medical professionals find new ways to tackle the incredibly complex system that is the human body. Many of...