Atlas Orthogonal is a chiropractic procedure that treats head and neck pain without the use of manual manipulation that is usually associated with chiropractic. Atlas Orthogonal, or AO, is a specialized field within chiropractic that has been clinically proven in the treatment of: neck pain, headaches, migraines, herniated discs, arm pain and numbness, fibromyalgia, hypertension, whiplash, vertigo, post-concussion symptoms, arthritis, and many more.
What is the Atlas and why is it so important to me?
The Atlas is a 2 oz vertebrae at the top of the spine. It supports the weight of the skull, which on average weighs between 8-16 lbs, the weight of a bowling ball. It also connects your skull to the rest of your spine. The spinal cord passes through the center of the Atlas and communicates with the body below. The vertebral arteries pass through the sides of the Atlas and supply the back 1/3 of the brain with blood. When all is in alignment, the skull is supported with little to no stress to the joints and discs below. There is no nerve irritation, and there is normal blood flow through the vertebral arteries to the brain and brainstem.
When misalignment of the Atlas occurs, the head begins to tilt. The body then reacts to this by automatically trying to straighten the head while keeping it centered over the feet. This instinctive search for return to body balance causes a great deal of stress on the spine, the spinal cord, and the vertebral arteries.
Most people will notice an improvement within the first 24 hours of the first correction.