What Is Atlas Orthogonal?

Atlas Orthogonal in Tucson

What Is Atlas Orthogonal?

Many people avoid chiropractic care for fear of injury to their neck. Atlas Orthogonal is a gentle procedure used to correct misalignments in the upper neck. The atlas is the top bone in the neck. This little two-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.

We have X-rays taken to learn about patients’ 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. Atlas Orthogonal adjusting only needs a small force to move this bone of little weight. There is no reason to suffer with neck pain and/or headaches due to fear!


Atlas Orthogonal has been featured on many popular TV shows.

Here is a clip from "The Doctors" television show discussing Atlas Orthogonal.

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.

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.

You can see the adjustment moving the atlas on this video.


For more information about the Atlas Orthogonal technique, you may visit atlasorthogonality.com.

If you suffer from upper neck pain or stiffness, or chronic headaches, give us a call today at (520) 397-3883!

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