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What is the Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Technique?

The Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic technique is a gentle, effective, upper cervical specific approach to renewed health and relief of discomfort without manipulation.

You are probably saying, "Atlas Orthogo- WHAT?" It's fairly simple, let me explain.

The Atlas is the top bone (or first vertebrae) of the spine. It is the vertebrae that the head sits on.  Orthogonal means at right angles, or square. The atlas should be sitting level, or square, on the cervical spine (neck), and the head should be square on the atlas.
 
When the atlas is misaligned (subluxated) it causes the head to tilt. The body instinctively tries to maintain its balance, trying to keep the head over the feet. This is called the righting reflex. The body will shift throughout the spine, the shoulders, the pelvis, the hips, the knees, and the ankles to keep its center of gravity. This causes stress throughout the spine, shoulders, pelvis, hips, knees, and ankles.
  

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Is your  head on straight?

Subluxations (misalignments) are often deceiving. Even though symptomatic pain may appear in the lower back, legs, shoulders, arms or other parts of the body, their cause is very often located in the cervical spine (neck).

The Atlas Orthogonal technique uses a non-invasive, precision instrument to restore the alignment (structural integrity) of the atlas vertebrae. The percussion instrument achieves postural restoration without manipulation or surgery. This precision treatment reduces cervical spine misalignment and its related symptomatology. It is a whole-body technique because it focuses on the atlas as a biomechanical and neurological "keystone" of body function.

How does this unique method differ from General Chiropractic treatment? One of the most obvious differences is the gentle way in which the doctor works. No strenuous manipulation (popping or cracking) is needed. The Atlas Orthogonal (A.O.) Technique utilizes an adjusting instrument developed by Dr. Roy W. Sweat with the aid of engineers at Georgia Tech University. The precision of the A.O. instrument allows for an adjustment that requires such a light force that patients, who may expect more forceful manipulations as part of their treatment, find it hard to believe anything effective has been accomplished. Their doubts and fears quickly vanish when their pain and discomfort disappear.

Select one of the You Tube links below to watch a short Atlas Orthogonal Adjustment video.