By TNT Bureau
Dec 5, 2016: Atlas orthogonal chiropractic therapy is an area of expertise within the chiropractic field. It is widely known as a safe and effortless spinal correction that helps in restoring body balance. Also, this amazing therapy helps to reactivate the natural healing capabilities of our body.
What is atlas orthogonal chiropractic?
Atlas is the top bone 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 straighten the head up while keeping the head over the feet (center of gravity). This causes stress throughout the spine, the shoulders, the pelvis, the hips, the knees, and the ankles.
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).
What is the specialty of atlas orthogonal chiropractic?
One of the most obvious differences is the gentle way in which the doctor works. No strenuous manipulation 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.
Atlas (the first vertebra in the neck) Orthogonal (at 90 degrees) recognises the whole influence that the upper cervical (upper neck) area has on body function. It is now thought that input into the brain from the spinal structures is the main influence on health which chiropractic affects.
This input is what chiropracic care seems to normalise through high velocity, specific manual force input. This influence is perhaps greatest at the occipito-atlanto-axial joint complex. That is, the occiput, or base of the skull, on the atlas, which contacts the axis, or second neck vertebra. If the atlas is subluxated (misaligned, not moving correctly, or adversely affecting nerves), then myriad health problems may arise.
How the Instrument Works
Dr Sweat adjusted by hand for over 20 years, so he would be the last to claim that it does not get results. He then switched to instrument for the correction of atlas problems. It is an instrument may remove some human variables that exist in hand contacts and thrust variation.
Atlas orthogonal chiropractic speeds unattainable by voluntary muscular contraction are produced efficiently the correction occurs within the normal range of motion of the vertebra, and thus differs from manipulation which, by definition, takes the joint (or several joints) beyond the end range of motion.
After several prototypes, the instrument today is made from a specific metallic density and activated by a solenoid. That is; a magnetically activated impact on one end of the stylus that transfers to the end in contact with the skin surface. The force generated on the skin is as little as 3 pounds. The movement of the atlas bone has been verified on cineradiographic studies.
The varied benefits
Recent studies demonstrate that this phenomenon of leg length inequality (LLI) may be involved in spinal pain syndromes.The patient lies on their back, and doctor contact with the legs and feet is kept to a minimum, the difference in leg length measured. This is measured again when the patient rests after each adjustment, and the chiropractor assess what the change means.
The AO practitioner contacts the soft tissue overlying the points of exit of the left and right C1 and C2 spinal nerves and assesses tissue compliance, inflammation and tenderness.
The four points are then rated from 0 – 3, with 3 being the most severe and usually eliciting a painful “jump sign” from the patient. There should be some immediate improvement in the scanning palpation after adjustment.
If more objectivity is desired, the more accepted method of algometry (use of a skin pressure instrument) over the neck can elicit the same documentation, in my experience. Instruments are being developed in the USA to provide objective measurement based on tissue compliance.
Atlas orthogonal chiropractic therapy helps to cure asthma, migraines headaches, dizziness, arthritis, fibromyalgia, poor posture, trigeminal neuralgia, arm/leg pain, autism, allergies, neck/back pain, carpel tunnel, herniated disc, stress etc.