Frequently asked questions
What is Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic?
Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic is a specific chiropractic technique within the chiropractic field to adjust the atlas (C1) vertebrae. The Atlas Orthogonal system is a painless spinal correction which uses minimal amount of percussion force to restore the body balance. This restoration of balance can help to reactivate the body’s natural healing abilities.
What exactly is an Atlas Orthogonist?
How does this unique method differ from general chiropractic care?
One of the most obvious difference is that Atlas Orthogonal care is such a gentle and painless way of adjusting your atlas vertebrae. The Atlas Orthogonist's methods require such a light touch to the affected area, so those patients who expect a forceful manipulation as part of their treatment find it hard to believe that anything effective has been accomplished. But, their doubts and fears vanish as quickly as their pain and discomfort resolves.
Does it hurt?
The Atlas Orthogonal spinal correction is painless and barely felt by the patient. Because of the precise X-ray analysis, a correction can be made without any forceful jerking or twisting movements.
What can I expect after my first correction?
How Long Does an Adjustment Last?
The accuracy of the procedure affords the patient longer lasting effects.
How do I maintain my Atlas Orthogonal spinal correction?
Patients often ask what holds the spine in place once it has been corrected. When the head and neck have been re-placed to their natural position, the body will regain its normal balance and relationship to gravity. This will release tension held by the body due to its compensated stressed position. A relaxed body structure is now more stable and functions more freely. This, along with some specific instructions about body position, movement and a simple routine of therapeutic stretching exercises will allow the correction to hold for weeks, months and sometimes even years.
How is the treatment determined?
The treatment is decided upon after a thorough evaluation of the patient's symptoms and prior health history. Combining that information with the results of any orthopedic, neurological chiropractic examination, leg measurements, and X-ray studies, the doctor is able to pinpoint accurately the source of the problem and decide upon the best plan of health care.
Are X-Rays necessary?
Yes. It is important that certain X-rays be made. To see is to know, to not see is to guess. An Atlas Orthogonist will never guess about your health. Our chiropractors had extensive X-ray training and will never require X-ray studies which are not vital to the diagnosis and treatment of your condition.
Are x-rays safe?
Are post-adjustment x-rays necessary?
Sometimes the spine does not shift as anticipated. Post-adjustment x-rays are necessary to determine if the angle of adjusting force was correct or if a different angle is required.