The Atlas Orthogonal Program is a revolutionary advancement in chiropractic upper cervical techniques used to find and correct misalignment of the first vertebrae of the spine, the atlas bone. This procedure is based on scientific and bio-mechanical principles.
How does Atlas Chiropractic determine if my atlas needs correction?
It is the expertise of board certified Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractors to specifically and gently deliver an adjustment with use of the Atlas Orthogonal Table Mounted Precision Adjusting Instrument. The doctor will take several x-rays of the patient’s head and neck, which will give the necessary and accurate readings to figure the precise adjusting angle for each individual. Every patient has an angle specific to them. The force used to create the correction is a percussive force. You may be familiar with a common example of such a force with the Newton’s Cradle, which is shown below. This model demonstrates that if you pull one ball back and release it, the balls in the middle stay put, while the ball on the end bounces away… the Atlas Orthogonal Percussion Adjusting Instrument works on this same principle.
In the adjusting head of the instrument, there is a solenoid that strikes a stylus. The stylus does not move, but percussion is transmitted through the tip. The tip is placed over the bony process (located behind the ear) of the 1st vertebra and this percussive force moves the Atlas in the desired direction, based on the vector (aka angle) set by the doctor.
Once the x-rays are completed, the Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractor then uses other methods to determine whether a patient’s Atlas is in or out of adjustment. The doctor will skillfully feel for specific nerves in the back of the neck. This will reveal if the nerves are pinched, tender, or inflamed. The patient will also be instructed to lie down, allowing the length of their legs to be measured. If the criteria calls for an adjustment, the doctor will appropriately position the patient on the table and administer a low force adjustment using the angle determined to be specific to the individual. Immediately following the adjustment, the doctor will re-check the nerves and the leg length.
The proper adjustment will free up the nerves in the neck, which will reduce inflammation and tenderness and the leg will drop to measuring even, thereby restoring both a structural and chemical balance in the body. The Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractor will take two post x-rays to confirm the proper adjustment was administered and the patient will be on their way with the restoration of health into their system.
I suffered from chronic neuropathic pain after I had a serious car accident which resulted in two spinal fusion surgeries. I had tried chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy and pain management but never achieved lasting pain relief. I was on numerous pain medications and sleep aides over the last several years and my day to day existence was completely ruled by my “disability.”
My son James had met Dr. Christa D’Amato at a business meeting and when he heard the type of treatment that was done here so I thought I might get some help there. All of this began as I said after the accident and at that time I had two pre-teen sons, was married living in a 2500 sq/ft home working full-time as a legal secretary/real estate paralegal and part-time as a Ballet instructor. Because of those injuries and the surgeries I was unable to work, teach ballet or care for my home. My life as I knew it ended. Over the last 14 years I have sought treatment and tried to work again but the pain always kept me from succeeding in getting off disability and back to “normal.”
Since I began treating here I have gotten off all the prescription pain medicines and am now successfully in my own business as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. I am also dancing again with my church’s dance ministry that I co-lead.
I am amazed at how well the Atlas Orthogonal way of adjusting the spine has relieved my pain without the rough cracking of the old way of chiropractic. I am so grateful for the care I … Read more
After 16 years of suffering through headaches and neck pain from a childhood accident, I decided to begin my chiropractic treatment at Atlas Chiropractic and Rehabilitation. Since I began my treatment at Atlas, I felt an immediate improvement in my overall well being. My headaches are now completely gone and I feel an increased blood flow to my head. I have also felt a decrease in my neck pain and tension. Thanks to Drs. D’Amato my body finally feels relaxed and well!
Since I began my first treatment I could feel a difference immediately; Not only with my headaches and back aches, but my overall well being and health. Seeing Dr. D’Amato has changed my life completely. My migraines and back aches were very debilitating and affected every aspect of my life for more than ten months. I have been migraine free since my first visit to his office and this was done with no pills or surgery.
Drs. D’Amato and staff are wonderful; I only wish the office was open 2:00 PM everyday (or at least twice a week).
Atlas Chiropractic treatment has been an answer to my prayers and I will continue weekly treatment for the rest of my life!
After years of suffering through daily headaches, countless doctor visits and medications, I took the advice of a friend and went to Atlas Chiropractic.
Teaching is a demanding job without headaches. I can’t express how they affect my abilities in the classroom. But, things turned around this summer.
Within two months of receiving Chiropractic care, I have experienced a marked improvement. The headaches are so infrequent now! I have been able to enjoy my children and their activities this summer. I’m looking forward to going back to school headache free!!! I wish I came to Atlas sooner!
Thanks, Dr. Ron and Atlas Chiropractic!
Headaches are not normal, yet nine out of ten Americans experience headaches each day. If you are one of them, you are painfully aware of how incapacitating they can be.
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