THE ATLAS AND YOUR HEALTH
ATLAS MISALIGNMENT AND DISEASE
YOUR ATLAS: THE HIDDEN CAUSE OF SEVERAL AILMENTS
A problem with your Atlas can have a compounding effect – causing misalignment in many of your vertebrae (the bones that make up your spine), which, in turn, can cause pain and can lead to other health issues. If you think of a problem with your Atlas like a game of dominoes – where tipping the first domino knocks the second one, which knocks over the third one, and so forth – then you’ll understand how important that first ‘domino’ in your spine is – your little, but powerful Atlas.
This ‘domino’ effect can create imbalances in various organ systems because your nerves and ‘subtle energies’ are distributed throughout your body from the spine. These imbalances might turn, over time, into serious health problems because the body is no longer able to function the way it should. When this happens, illness occurs, even though no clear-cut reason can be found.
7 FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MISALIGNMENT OF THE ATLAS
FACT ONE: For some children, the trauma of childbirth causes a misalignment of the Atlas and sometimes also of the Axis (second cervical vertebra). Forceps deliveries, breech births, birth cord wrapping around the neck, long deliveries, caesarean sections and rough handling can all impact on the delicate bones of a new-born baby.
FACT TWO: Traumas such as: whiplashes, intubation during surgery, accidents, falls and even rough sport can cause or worsen the misalignment of the Atlas and of the vertebrae below it.
FACT THREE: Misalignment of the Atlas has been identified by many practitioners as being related to a number of health complaints – not just those directly affecting the back or neck.
FACT FOUR: Conventional medicine does not consider misalignment of the Atlas vertebra as a possible cause of health problems so it generally goes undiagnosed.
FACT FIVE: Misalignment of the Atlas doesn’t show up on regular X-rays or magnetic-resonance imaging, so it is often difficult for conventional medical practitioners to diagnose it.
FACT SIX: A CT scan can detect and measure Atlas misalignment, but only if the radiologist specifically sets up the machine to do so.
FACT SEVEN: Apart from situations where severe dislocations of the vertebrae require surgery, conventional medicine offers no treatment to correct the misalignment of the first cervical vertebra, the Atlas.
HAVE YOU HAD MANY TREATMENTS BUT STILL AREN’T WELL OR FREE FROM PAIN?
Chronic neck and back pain following whiplash or recurring headaches often find their origin in Atlas misalignment. When the misalignment is corrected, patients find relief – often for the first time in many years. And it gives them relief that comes without painkillers or expensive ongoing treatments.
In addition, when the Atlas is realigned, people’s posture often improves and common problems such as having one leg shorter than the other, problems with pelvic alignment, and even scoliosis improve or resolve.
SOME AILMENTS THAT HAVE BENEFITTED FROM REALIGNMENT OF THE ATLAS
These are some of the many disorders that have improved or resolved once Atlas realignment has been completed.
- Headache – tension headache – migraine
- Chronic pain following whiplash
- Vertigo – dizziness – unsteadiness
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Jaw pain – jaw cracking
- Chronic sinusitis
- Limited or painful head rotation or bending
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain – especially one shoulder higher than the other
- Numbness of the arms
- Recurrent tendinitis
- Tennis elbow / carpal tunnel syndrome
- Muscle tension – muscle pain
- Back pain
- Functional scoliosis
- Herniated disc – disc disease – disc protrusion
- Compressed spinal nerves
- Pelvic asymmetry
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Hip pain
- Functional leg length difference
- Pain in the legs, knees or feet
- Buzzing or ringing in the ears
Not all disorders listed above completely resolve in someone who undergoes Atlas treatment because they may have other causes or contributing factors. But these are just some of many issues that practitioners have seen improve or disappear in patients.
We don’t want you to think that the Atlas is a miracle cure that can solve all problems. It’s important to understand that we are treating the misalignment of the Atlas – we are not saying that we treat any particular disease. But when the Atlas is realigned to its natural position, your body will work in a way that it may not have been able to do – for many years – and your health may improve markedly.
WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO REALIGN THE ATLAS
The brain communicates with the body through the Central Nervous System, which branches through the entire body via the opening at the base of the skull. The Central Nervous System is comprised of branches of nerves running like highways and roads through all parts of your body – connecting all your limbs, organs and other body parts together. Your Central Nervous System receives and sends information through these nerves. When these nerves don’t function properly, it’s like a road getting blocked – no vehicles get through. With your nerves, it means that important electrical signals don’t get to where they need to go. This can cause numbness, tingling or other symptoms. Your spine protects your main nerves and allows them to branch out to your arms, legs, fingers, toes, etc. When your spine gets out of alignment, it can impact on these nerves so that they don’t work properly. When this happens, your organs and body parts start to suffer – and, over time, you get sick. And the most important bone in your spine is your Atlas because when it gets out of position – it affects all the bones in your spine…
The Atlas vertebra is named after Atlas from Greek Mythology. Atlas was the giant who was punished by having to carry the weight of the celestial sphere on his shoulders for eternity. And like this myth, the first cervical vertebra is known as the Atlas because it bears the weight of the whole head. And your head weighs a lot – in fact – it weighs as much as a large bowling ball. So your Atlas is important because it balances your heavy head and sets the positioning for all the other vertebrae in your spine.
The anatomy of the spine is very precise: the slightest shift of the Atlas from its correct location can negatively impact the entire musculoskeletal, postural, circulatory and parasympathetic nervous systems, as well as the body in general. Such misalignment may be present from birth (even in the case of a delivery by Caesarean section) and may be worsened by traumas such as whiplash.
THE ATLAS AND YOUR BODY
Let’s take a deeper look at the Atlas and its role in your body…
To do so, it’s important to understand static and dynamic body conditions. When your body is in motion (i.e. dynamic), weight distribution changes and can temporarily compress nerves and blood vessels. Once the body stops moving, these stresses stop.
But, a static load (i.e. when you’re stationary) permanently bears down on the skeleton. So, if your Atlas isn’t correctly positioned, your head may be slightly forward or slightly back. It may lean to the left or right. Or it may be slightly twisted. When this situation occurs, it’s not just for a few moments or even for a few minutes – like when you’re running – it’s for your whole lifetime! And this can cause ongoing pressure on the nerves and blood vessels, as well as the muscles and connective tissues. When this happens hour after hour, day after day, year after year – you can understand why health problems occur.
Misalignment of the Atlas and Posture
When the spine is in balance, weight is distributed evenly between the two sides of the skeleton. It’s also distributed evenly between front and back. The head’s considerable weight (as much as a large bowling ball) is supported entirely by the Atlas. When the Atlas becomes misaligned, the cranium doesn’t sit properly on the spine. If your head isn’t sitting properly on your Atlas – like a large punch bowl full of drink, it sways all over the place as you move around and leans to one side as you stay still. This produces a shift in the body’s centre of gravity and therefore an imbalance from head to toe, leading to musculoskeletal dysfunction. This causes one side of the body to be more stressed than the other, as it tries to compensate for the uneven distribution of weight. This is also the reason why pain is generally concentrated on one side. The Atlas has a great influence on the balance of the whole skeleton and is directly responsible for an upright posture.
Consequences of a Misaligned Atlas
Your head. If your Atlas is misaligned, then your head will be leaning in one direction. But, your eyes need to be aligned, so the muscles and ligaments of your head and face work hard to achieve balance for your eyes. This constant, permanent tension can cause headaches, neck pain and a stiff neck. If you’d like to get an idea of what this is like, tilt your head over to one side and try to run – you’ll see how hard your head and face muscles work to achieve some degree of balance for your eyes!
Your neck. Depending on the type of misalignment of the Atlas, you could experience problems in your neck. But, by adjusting the Atlas, the second vertebra is also freed from potential misplacement, as are the other cervical vertebrae, through a kind of ‘domino effect’. Constantly blocked vertebrae, which require continuous adjustment by a chiropractor or osteopath, no longer need this kind of therapy after an Atlas Realignment Treatment.
Your muscles. Enlarged, hardened muscles are created as a result of constant tension. This decreases blood flow and leads to a build-up of metabolic waste products in the tissue. This increases localised inflammation, pain and muscle stiffness.
Your skeleton. In a chain-reaction process, a misalignment of the Atlas can cause problems in your entire skeleton, such as one shoulder being higher than the other leading to pain in the scapula, scoliosis, a tilted pelvis and even herniated discs – as well as back, knee and foot pain.
Your body organs and systems. As long as these postural problems exist, muscular tension remains which, as well as being painful, can cause other vertebrae in the column to have problems. This can lead to compression of nerves causing pain, as well as pins and needles in the arms and legs. When this compression continues over a long time, body organs and systems become deprived of effective nerve signalling – leading to dysfunction and eventually illness.
Although there are other factors that can affect the posture of the body, Atlas misalignment is a significant one. Only a body with an ideal posture can remain vital and free from complaints in the long run – and the best place to start to achieve this is with the Atlas.
ADDITIONAL HEALTH ISSUES RELATED TO ATLAS MISALIGNMENT
The Atlas and the Autonomic Nervous System
Would you have ever thought that a tiny, little bone just under your skull could play a part in such diverse health conditions as gastrointestinal complaints, heart issues, chronic fatigue, and sleep disorders? Well, when your Atlas is ‘out of whack’ then nerve and blood flow get affected. This reduction or change in nerve and blood support can cause problems in many different organs over time. That’s how Atlas misalignment can affect you in a host of different ways.
Let’s look at some of the ways that this can happen…
Autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is made of various nerves that run around the Atlas vertebra. In total, there are 12 pairs of cranial nerves that run from the brain through the Atlas. The vagus nerve, or tenth cranial nerve, is the longest and most important nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system (a part of the ANS) because it regulates the functions of almost all of the internal organs. The vagus nerve innervates the larynx, the pharynx, the upper part of the oesophagus, the part of the external hearing apparatus, the heart, the lungs, the stomach, the intestine and even several muscles. Other nerves, such as the accessory, glossopharyngeal and cranial nerves regulate muscle activity and organ function. When these nerves are affected by an Atlas misalignment, their target muscles and organs don’t work as well – and over time – they develop disease. Correctly realigning the Atlas resolves these issues.
When the Atlas is out of alignment, it can put pressure on these various nerves (including the vagus, accessory and occipital nerves) and also disturb the flow of important cerebrospinal fluid. The hampered nerves can’t send out their important electrical signals, and the spinal fluid can’t flow effectively – affecting the nourishment of the bone marrow – and ultimately – the immune system. One example of nerve impact is tingling or numbness of the fingers – this can happen when the nerve designed to ‘feed’ the fingers is partly blocked – and this can happen due to Atlas misalignment. Fortunately, an Atlas-Sphenoid Realignment Treatment session can release the nerve entrapment if it’s due to an ‘out of place’ Atlas vertebra.
The Cardiovascular System and the Atlas Vertebra
There are a number of blood vessels that flow from (and to) the brain through the Atlas. If these blood vessels are compressed, blood flow to the brain is reduced – and it receives less-than-optimal nutrients and oxygen. This can lead to symptoms such as headaches, vertigo, chronic fatigue and difficulty concentrating.
The heart is regulated by the Autonomic Nervous System, and the vagus nerve plays an important part in this process. If the vagus nerve is affected by an Atlas misalignment, then this can weaken the important electrical impulses from the vagus nerve, resulting in eventual health complications. Irregular blood pressure (low or high) and electrical issues can develop that affect the heart. Atlas misalignment is generally not considered in these or other instances of heart health problems – but it’s worthwhile getting your Atlas realigned to see if it helps you.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR PROFESSIONAL ATLAS-SPHENOID REALIGNMENT TREATMENT SESSION
Now that you know all about the Atlas and its impact on your health, as well as the many disorders related to Atlas misalignment, you’re ready to book and attend your Atlas-Sphenoid Realignment Treatment Session.
So that you know what to expect, let’s provide some detail about the process.
What to wear. No need to change clothes or put a treatment gown on like you do in some chiropractor’s offices. Any type of comfortable clothes are just fine. Upon arrival, you’ll be brought into the Atlas-Sphenoid Realignment Treatment Room and will sit down.
Treatment Explanation. Your practitioner will discuss with you the benefits of receiving an Atlas-Sphenoid Realignment, as well as the conditions that are commonly related to its misalignment. They’ll answer all your questions and explain the treatment process to you.
Pre-Treatment Photograph. With your permission, your practitioner will take a pre-treatment photograph to identify postural abnormalities. This will be compared with the post-treatment photo to identify differences.
The Treatment. You’ll undergo the treatment as follows:
- Realign your Sphenoid Bone Complex (SOS Technique). Your practitioner will explain to you the basics of the Sphenoid and the importance of completing the SOS Technique. This will re-establish balance in your skull which, in turn, will make the Atlas Realignment even more effective. This will take about five minutes to complete. Gentle massaging and Chi Energy manipulation will achieve the Sphenoid realignment.
- Find the position of the misaligned Atlas. Your practitioner will gently touch the sides and back of your neck, up near where you skull is, to identify in what way your Atlas is misaligned. It could be turned right or left, tilted right or left, tilted front or rear, or twisted in any direction. Your practitioner will feel the processes (the pointy edges of the Atlas bone) to work this out. They’ll also use kinesiology-based muscle testing to help determine whether your Atlas is out of alignment. If it’s in the correct position, you’ll be free to go – at no cost to you.
- Use of Atlas Realignment Tool. We use a specially-designed tool that provides an oscillating vibrational frequency. This has a profound and direct impact on the deep muscles and fascia that connect the Atlas to the body. When treated with the Atlas Realignment Treatment Tool, these key muscles relax and when they do so – the Atlas slips right back into the position that Nature originally intended. This takes up to 15 minutes to complete. The practitioner will continually assess the tightness of these key muscle groups to determine whether they are sufficiently relaxed to allow the Atlas to realign.
- Post-treatment Atlas Testing. Then, once the practitioner has concluded that the Atlas realignment has been achieved, they will test the muscles and the Atlas positioning to confirm this.
- Spinal Alignment Check. Once your Atlas has been realigned, your practitioner will take the time to check your spinal alignment, as well as your general back muscle tension status. Any tense muscles will be treated to speed recovery.
- Acupressure Stickers. To assist with your body’s ability to assimilate the changes from the Atlas Realignment Treatment quickly and easily, your practitioner will apply a number of acupressure stickers to key acupuncture points on the top part of your back.
- Post-Treatment Advice. You’ll be given a handout with some gentle exercises (turning side to side with your arms outstretched). This helps the Atlas to acclimate to its proper position more easily. You’ll be advised about what to expect in the coming days and your practitioner will answer any of your questions.
- Integration Treatment. You’ll then rest comfortably in a recovery room with a special energy-frequency machine that has been calibrated to provide you with key healing frequencies. This will assist your body with its integration of the treatment.
- Special Gift – Integration Drops. To further assist with integration, you’ll be given some individually prepared healing frequency drops that have been directly imbued with your unique individual energy footprint. As you take these drops over the coming days following your treatment, you’ll continue to experience heightened integration of the treatment.
- Follow-up. We will be available to answer any of your questions and support you through the longer integration period. It can take up to eight weeks for your body to complete the final integration of your muscles, fascia, nerves and bones to the proper Atlas positioning.
I hope that this information has helped you to understand the importance of your Atlas to your overall health – as well as the need for you to get yours checked.
If you take the time to book and attend your Atlas-Sphenoid Realignment Treatment Session, I promise you a powerfully positive outcome that may be just the thing needed to help take your health to the next level.
Yours in Health
Dr Zung Rosita Vu (Price)
(Integrative Doctor, Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist)