The ‘Atlas’ is your first cervical (neck) vertebra, which is just under the head which allows movement of the head forward and backward. When you turn your head left and right, the head and atlas rotate on the second cervical vertebra axis. It is named ‘Atlas’ after the Greek god who supported the world on his shoulders. The axis is the second cervical vertebra; it has what is called the odontoid process about which the atlas rotates. The joint between the atlas and axis is a pivot type of joint. It allows the head turn from side to side. It is also called the atloaxoid joint. The ligaments that serve to support and strengthen this joint are called the capsular; anterior and posterior atlantoaxial; and transverse ligaments.
Dislocated Atlas and its consequences
A misaligned Atlas can compress the Central and Peripheral nervous Systems causing significant adverse effects throughout the body.
Dislocated positioning of Atlas causes three basic types of problems:
- Uneven distribution of head’s weight on the spine causes: distortion of the entire musculoskeletal system. A difference in shoulder and hip height, a difference in leg length, scoliosis, and hip and knees pain.
- Pressure on the nerves, especially the Nervus Vagus (the longest nerve of the vegetative nervous system), can cause: faintness, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, excessive sweating, irritable bowel or chronic constipation, and tachycardia.
- Pressure on veins and arteries, especially the internal carotid artery, can cause poor blood circulation, migraines, headaches, neck pain and stiffness, pain along the spine, pain in the shoulders and arms.
Atlas Therapy is non medical and natural therapy, completely harmless, suited for all age groups. Pregnancy is a contraindication.