Dr. Mark Armbruster D.C. of the Denver Vitality Center in Lakewood, CO has been practicing the art of mind/body healing since 1987. His training, background, and experience provide his patients with a very personal and effective treatment for neck pain.
Neck Pain Q&A
What Are Some of the Common Causes of Neck Pain?
A person’s neck is vulnerable to conditions that create pain and restrict motion because it supports the weight of their head which on average weighs about the same as a bowling ball. Neck pain can be the result of an accident but can also result from spinal misalignment and repetitive motions. Some of the common causes of neck pain include:
- Injuries – Events like rear-end auto collisions, football tackles, or other events that cause the head to jerk forward and backward (whiplash) strain soft tissues in the neck. Such soft tissue injuries take quite long to recuperate.
- Pinched Nerves – The human neck is made of a number of vertebrae. Between each vertebra are several discs and bundles of nerves. Sometimes one or more of the vertebra shifts, causing nerves to be crowded or pinched. Pinched nerves, in particular, often cause severe pain.
- Worn joints – as a person ages, neck joints tend to wear down. The resulting osteoarthritis causes the cushions (cartilage) between bones to deteriorate and bone spurs form, which in turn affects joint movement and cause pain.
- Nerve compression – Bone spurs herniated discs or in the vertebrae of the neck often press on the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord.
- Muscle strains – Overuse of muscles and their repetitive use, such as spending too many hours bent over a computer or machinery can trigger muscle strain. Sometimes unnoticed actions like a person grinding their teeth may cause this problem.
- Disease – Rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis, and some cancers can cause neck pain.
How Does Dr. Mark Treat Neck Pain?
Dr. Mark utilizes Network Spinal Analysis (NSA for short) which he employs a gentle touch to the skin along specific areas where the protective covering of the spinal cord connects to the spine. NSA helps the brain to recognize and release stress and tension stored from unresolved past or current traumas to clear pathways. With the pathways clearer, your body and brain communicate more effectively with each other which promotes your natural healing response and overall wellbeing.
What makes Network Spinal Analysis effective?
Network Spinal Analysis is a gentle and body-honoring method of adjusting the spine. The treatment involves 2 steps. First, Dr. Mark releases the soft tissue structures that pull, twist, and bind the spine. Releasing these soft tissues, including the muscles and the tissue sheath, called the meninges, that wraps all muscles, provides the patient with a relief from the tension and pain held within the muscles. The additional benefit of releasing the soft tissue before making any adjustments is that the body is warm and receptive to movement. This means that the second step, where Dr. Mark makes gentle adjustments to the spine, carefully correcting any misalignments can be extraordinarily gentle, without any twisting or cracking or popping noises. Many patients seek chiropractic treatment because of pain and this gentle method not only relieves pain but does so in a gentle way that honors the body while correcting alignment issues.