The atlas is the uppermost bone of the spine, which has the important job of protecting the brainstem. The brainstem is the transitional area where the brain starts its communication with the spinal cord. Misalignments of this area cause stress and pressure on the entire nervous system. This creates a chain reaction of: head-tilt, compensatory misalignment at lower levels of the spine, diminished nervous system function, and other symptoms in the head, neck and any other region of the body.
In addition to this, the most recent research has shown that restrictions in this upper cervical region of the spine create diminished cerebral spinal fluid flow – causing other compensatory reactions, and symptomatology throughout the entire body – a syndrome known as Cranial Cervical Syndrome by the medical community, and for over 100 years known as Upper Cervical Subluxation by the Chiropractic profession.
Atlas Orthogonality is the art and science of adjusting the first cervical vertebra (Atlas) with a specific, gentle, low force percussion instrument thereby restoring the spinal vertebrae to a more normal position. This allows for a clear pathway for spinal nerves maximizing function, mobility and health.
Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Technique
*Atlas Orthogonal is a spinal healthcare program developed by Dr. Roy Sweat in the late 1960’s based on scientific and biomechanical procedures. Dr. Sweat is considered by many to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on the cervical spine. After years of extensive research he developed a non-invasive, precision instrument to restore structural integrity from cervical vertebral malposition. The percussion instrument achieves postural restoration without manipulation or surgery. This precision treatment reduces cervical spine misalignment and its related symptomatology. *as described by the official Atlas Orthogonal Program
This method is so gentle that many patients cannot believe an adjustment has actually taken place until they notice that their function has improved and their discomfort has been relieved. Atlas Orthogonal is a gentle, effective and proven Chiropractic technique that does not utilize physical manipulation. The Atlas is the top vertebrae of the spine and supports the head. Orthogonal means at right angle to or square. If the Atlas is not square to the head and spine (referred to as subluxated) then the head and spine are by necessity out of alignment . Essentially if the head is not on straight then the spine cannot possibly be straight. The resulting stress that ensues may cause discomfort to the back, shoulders, pelvis, hips, knees and ankles.
A normal Atlas is aligned squarely with both the spine and skull. A misaligned or subluxated Atlas is not square. The adjusting instrument is a safe, gentle, and precise method of correcting a misaligned (subluxated) Atlas vertebrae, without physical manipulation. The stylus delivers a precise impulse to the exact area needed as determined by X-rays. Watch a short video further describing the instrument and adjustment here. We also have videos from the official Atlas Orthogonal Technique site.
*When most people think of chiropractic adjustments, they think of neck pain, back pain, or muscle aches. The Atlas Orthogonal Spinal Correction can help your body work better no matter what type of health problem you may have. Our organization is dedicated to correcting the Atlas Subluxation Complex which is a misalignment of the bone structure of the head and neck. This misalignment can block the communication between your brain and body causing pain, stress, and tension. This stress and tension can affect all physical and even mental activity of the body. Many symptoms can be relieved by correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex. We have had positive results with such conditions as:
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Migraines and other headaches
• Chronic pain or stress
• Athletic injuries
• Auto accident injuries
• Neck and back pain
• Herniated discs
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Seizures, including Epileptic
• Leg and arm numbness
• Sinus problems
• Bell's Palsy
• Horner's Syndrome
• Trigeminal Neuralgia
*as described by the official Atlas Orthogonal Program