The ‘Atlas’ is the first cervical (neck) vertebra, which is just under the skull and allows movement of the head forward and backward. It is named ‘Atlas’ after the Greek god who supported the world on his shoulders.
When you turn your head left and right, the head and Atlas rotate on the second cervical vertebra known as Axis. The Axis is the second cervical vertebra. It has what is called the dens 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.
Misaligned Atlas and its consequences
A misaligned Atlas can compress the Central and Peripheral nervous systems causing significant adverse effects throughout the body resulting from three basic problems:
- Uneven distribution of the head’s weight on the spine which can cause distortion of the entire musculoskeletal system such as a difference in shoulder and hip height, a difference in leg length, scoliosis or hip and knee pain.
- Pressure on the nerves, especially the Nervus Vagus (the longest nerve of the autonomeous nervous system). This can cause: faintness, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, excessive sweating, irritable bowel or chronic constipation, tachycardia.
- Pressure on veins and arteries, especially the internal carotid artery, which can cause poor blood circulation, migraines, headaches, neck pain and stiffness, pain along the spine, pain in the shoulders and arms.
Atlas Therapy is a non-medical and natural therapy, completely harmless, without using instruments or jerky movements. It is an energy-based adjustment, using the patients self-healing powers. Suited for all age groups.
In most cases a misalignment of the Atlas has probably existed for a long period of times, so the treatment will likely require several sessions. Develped patterns occur over relatively long periods of time. Typically, these can not be brought back into alignment in one session.