Atlas Orthogonal is a gentle procedure to correct misalignments in the upper neck. The Atlas is the top bone in the neck. This poor little 2 ounce ring must bear the weight of the skull, which averages 10-12 pounds. There is no disc to cushion this joint, as there is in the rest of the spine. This is a critical area of the body, as the brain stem sits here. The brain stem controls many "autonomic" functions of the body, such as blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, etc.
The concept behind Atlas Orthogonal is that, if viewing a patient from the front or from above the patient, a line across the atlas and one bisecting the skull should form 90 degree angles, and the Atlas should be level in space. We have X-rays taken to learn the patient's misalignment, and then adjust the Atlas at the exact angle needed to correct the misalignment in all three vectors in space. This adjustment is done with a percussion instrument. It is the same concept as placing one fist against the wall, and striking the fist with the other one. The force is transmitted through the first fist into the wall. Atlas Orthogonal adjusting uses the same concept, only needing a small force to move this bone of little weight.
Atlas Orthogonal has been featured on many popular TV shows. Here is a clip from "The Doctors" television show discussing Atlas Orthogonal. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-cjIq7s6mM
Montel Williams has credited Atlas Orthogonal with helping him with his battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Here is a link to Mr. Williams discussing his results from Atlas Orthogonal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxrMnxYQ6nI
Jim McMahon, retired quarterback for the Chicago Bears, credits Atlas Orthogonal with helping him with brain issues post-retirement. Here is a link to ESPN's 30 on 30 episode involving Mr. McMahon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HdGzfR00Fc
You can see the adjustment moving the atlas on this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWdo4OBmzbA
For more information about the Atlas Orthogonal technique, you may visit www.GlobalAO.com.
If you suffer from upper neck pain or stiffness, or chronic headaches, give us a call today!