Altas Orthogonal

So what exactly is Atlas Orthogonal? 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.  It basically asks the question, "Is your head on straight?" 

Essentially if your head is not on straight then the spine cannot possibly be straight.

The resulting stress that ensues may cause discomfort to the back, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.  Subluxations or misalignments are often deceiving.  Even though you may have symptomatic pain in other areas of your body the cause if often times in the cervical spine(neck).

atlas orthogonal

atlas orthogonal

After a thorough history and examination, Dr. Beachy initially inspects for the subluxation of the Atlas by carefully measuring the patients leg length.  Subluxation of the Atlas causes the body to alter its structure in such a way that the muscles contract to cause one leg to appear shorter.  In most cases one leg is not actually shorter than the other, but is drawn short due to the body's compensation for a displaced Atlas.

atlas orthogonal alignment before
Legs Before
atlas orthogonal alignment after
Legs After

There are an almost endless array of symptoms that can be associated with a misaligned Atlas.  The range of symptoms is usually different from person to person.  The possible list is extensive and can include headaches, migraines, sinus pain, allergies, asthma, neck/shoulder pain, numbness and pain in the arms and legs.  It can also be related to a more widespread range of symptoms including, scoliosis, sciatica, and lower back pain.

Atlas Orthogonal is a gentle, effective, and proven Chiropractic technique that does not utilize physical manipulation.  This method is so gentle that many patients cannot believe an adjustment has actually taken place until they notice that their discomfort  has been relieved!

atlas orthogonal precussion instrument
Atlas Orthogonal Percussion Instrument