Your neck is composed of 7 vertebrae, called the cervical vertebrae. The very first vertebra – the one that attaches to your skull – is called the Atlas vertebra. It’s an important name for an important little bone. The Atlas supports the full weight of your head and allows it to rotate, bend and twist. A misalignment of the Atlas vertebra can create an imbalance affecting your entire spine, as well as the muscles and nerves that attach to it. As a result, you may experience any number of symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Realigning the Atlas by moving it back into its proper position over the center of your neck corrects imbalance and wear and tear, and releases constricted nerves and muscles.
Through examination and x-rays, Dr. John Pinto at Advanced Wellness of Westfield can confirm whether your first vertebra, the Atlas, is out of alignment. He then uses a chiropractic technique, the Atlas Orthogonal technique, to return your spine to its proper alignment and allow your body to heal. The Atlas Orthogonal technique uses a gentle and pain-free instrument that transmits a sound vibration to the side of your neck. Unlike other spinal adjustments, there is no manual manipulation.
Chiropractic adjustments work based on using force to correct spinal alignment. The original clinical development of chiropractic recommended about 40 pounds of force, using the hands, to restore the proper alignment of the Atlas vertebrae. Dr. Sweat, originator of the Atlas orthogonal technique, found that much less force was necessary. Instead of manually applied force, Dr. Sweat found that rather than a fast, high-force movement, extended treatment with low-force sound waves created the same effect. Since many neck alignment problems create pain and tenderness in the neck, the gentle use of sound waves often creates less anxiety about treatment for the patient.
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