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About the Atlas Orthogonal Technique


Thank you for visiting our site.  We are committed to excellence in non-invasive, non-manipulative treatment of the craniocervical junction. 

Often times headaches and cervical spine pain are the results of irritation of suboccipital anatomy, specifically the OA-AA articulation and the first three cervical nerves.

This irritation is due to displacement of C1 from its normal position.  This displacement is a result of ligament damage and disruption due to trauma involving the cervical spine.  Because the atlanto-axial articulation is a diarthrodial joint, the craniocervical junction is particularly susceptible to injury,

Displacement of C1 can be corrected using an instrument that delivers a highly specific, reproducible, mechanical impulse to C1.  This reduction allows the suboccipital musculature to relax, effectively decreasing the irritation of the first three cervical nerves, especially the greater and lesser occipital nerves.  This reduction also decreases periarticular inflammation.  Because we do not use conventional manipulation, the risk for vertebrobasilar dissection and further damage to upper cervical ligaments is almost non-existent.

We realize that not every headache complaint will respond to this type of treatment and do our best to exclude those cases.  Unless there is a clear indication a patient’s complaint is structural in nature we simply will not put these people under care.  Our goal is to be efficient and make appropriate referrals.  For those that meet our inclusion criteria, they will usually notice benefit in terms of decreased intensity, frequency and duration of their complaint in the first three weeks of treatment.  As a rule we expect 50% improvement in four weeks or we discontinue treatment.

Most patients we see have already undergone advanced imaging to rule out pathology.  Although we are happy to order imaging studies we encourage patients to discuss imaging with their primary physician or neurologist.  In addition, most of our patients have already experienced only modest benefit from drug therapy or the side effects of the medication outweighed their benefits.  Since we do not manipulate the neck, patients that have undergone cervical fusion below C2 are safe to treat if they are not responding to coventional therapy.  Patients that have been diagnosed with cerebellar ectopia or any grade of Chiari malformation respond to treatment especially well.

Our conservative, realistic and goal oriented approach to patient care generally fairs well with the medical community.

 If you have any questions concerning this procedure please call 623.552.3292.