The Atlas Orthogonal Technique

What makes the Atlas so special?

The atlas (C1) forms the joint upward to the base of our skull and downward to our second cervical vertebra, called the axis (C2).

The first two cervical vertebrae (C1, C2) – atlas und axis – and the bone at the back of our head make up a highly complex region of your skeletal structure, as there is no intervertebral disk between the occiput, C1 and C2. C1 and C2 function together as a unit (tilting and rotating element) and thereby give us the greatest range of motion in the cervical spinal column, such as turning the head and nodding. Additionally, this region forms the extremely important interface between the brain and the spinal marrow, as the atlas and the occiput are joined by the mantle of the spinal marrow (dura mater).

The Atlas

Ninety percent of all mechanical receptors of stimuli (proprioceptors) are located in the upper cervical spinal column. These receptors are responsible for our perception of where we are located and where we are moving in a given space. These mechanical receptors, located around the atlas, can, together with a correction of the atlas, positively affect the condition of the cervical spine, the thoracic spine and the lumbar spine.

An adjustment by your chiropractor in this area of the body therefore has a great impact on your body as a whole.

The Technique

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