Atlas Orthogonal
What is it?

The Atlas Orthogonal technique was designed with specificity in mind. The goal of this technique is to bring the first vertebra of the spine,
the atlas, the skull, and the cervical spine into a balanced or
orthogonal position. The purpose of this is to remove undesirable
pressure and interference in the neuro muscular and vascular components in and around the head and neck. Correcting misalignments in the upper neck can alleviate stress and pain in the neck, back, shoulders, pelvis, hips, knees and ankles, as well as facilitate better communication between your brain and body resulting in improved health.

A research article discussing the positive relationship between correcting atlas misalignments and a measurable reduction in hypertension can be found here: Blood Pressure Study.
How does it work?

An Atlas Orthogonal adjustment is specifically tailored to your body. This technique requires x-rays so that the misalignment in each person’s neck can be measured down to a degree. Using this information, both the table headpiece and your body will be placed in specific positions to reduce the misalignment and achieve the most beneficial adjustment possible. A percussion, or sound wave, is applied to the first bone in the spine, the atlas, and it is gently restored to a normal position. The high degree of detail and specialized equipment is what allows this type of treatment to be extremely gentle and effective at the same time. 
What is an Adjustment Like?

Due to the specific nature of this technique, the adjustment itself is extremely gentle. The instrument delivers a percussion wave, similar to an ultra sonic pulse, at exact vectors (angles) to the atlas, restoring is correct position. Many patients remark that they do not feel the adjustment at all, however, about 3-6 pounds of pressure is delivered directly to the atlas.

Who Needs Atlas Orthogonal Care?

Anyone with a misaligned atlas bone will benefit from even one Atlas Orthogonal adjustment. Symptoms commonly associated with a misaligned atlas are neck pain and pressure, shoulder tension, and headaches. However, other symptoms attributed to this head misalignment can manifest elsewhere in the body in the form of low back, hip and knee pain, sciatica, mid-back pain, arm pain and various degrees of numbness. Other complaints which may also find resolution with Atlas Orthogonal care are fibromyalgia, migraines, allergies, insomnia, high blood pressure, panic attacks, and dizziness. 

“The Atlas Orthogonal Program is a great asset to the heath care field and should be incorporated into the main stream medical approach towards good health.”
- Craig Underset, MD
What Causes the Atlas to Become Misaligned?

A number of things can cause a person's atlas to become displaced, the most obvious being physical trauma, for example a fall or auto accident. Other factors include emotional stress, chemical trauma (poor diet, car fumes, medication, etc.), sleeping on stomach, and poor posture. A misaligned atlas can originate as early as birth. A misalignment may lay dormant for years at a time, like a cavity, until the body starts to exhibit symptoms. By correcting the improper head position, pressure is taken off the nervous system.  The body will then be better able to heal itself leading to the resolution of pain and other symptoms.