Chiropractic FAQ

What is your “Atlas”?

The atlas is the first vertebrate at the top of your spine. This uniquely wedged shaped vertebrate allows for the majority of the movement in your neck, while still supporting your head.

What is “Orthogonal”?

The term Orthogonal is defined as a condition of right angles.

What is “Atlas Orthogonal”?

Your head should be properly positioned at right angles to your Atlas. Your lower neck should also be positioned at right angles to your Atlas. Atlas Orthogonal is the procedure that corrects your neck to the orthogonal position.

Within the chiropractic profession there are doctors who have specialized training in evaluating and treating the Atlas. This procedure uses three-dimensional x-ray and digital computer software to analyze the exact misalignment of the Atlas and other cervical vertebrate. A percussion soundwave instrument is used to deliver the specific non-invasive adjustment to the Atlas. This result in a correction that centers your head and takes the twist out of your neck and upper back. Comparative x-rays are taken after the adjustment to see how far your neck was corrected or if you need to be readjusted at a different angle for further correction.

This non-invasive procedure truly puts your head on straight allowing for improved brain-to-body communication.

In more than 40 years of correcting the neck to Orthogonal, these are the conditions that I help the most: headaches, including migraines; foggy head; irritability; fatigue; low back pain, including disc bulges; disc herniations; sciatica; neck pain; arm pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; whiplash; TMJ; Bell’s Palsy; ear infections; and overall better body balance and function.

How Does Chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works because you are self-healing and regulated by your nervous system. Impulses flow from your brain and down your spinal cord. Pairs of nerve roots branch off from between each spinal joint. These nerves link your brain with every cell and tissue of your body. Because of their close proximity to the moving bones of the spine, improper motion or position of spinal bones can irritate and compromise nerve function. Chiropractic care locates these areas and helps reduce their effect with spinal adjustments. Health often returns with restored nervous system control of your body.

Do I have a slipped disc?

A disc can't slip because of the way it attaches to the spinal bones above and below it. However, a disc can bulge, tear, herniate, thin, dry out or collapse, irritating nearby nerve tissue.

Do I have a pinched nerve?

It's more likely that a spinal bone is stretching, rubbing or chafing a nerve. These "subluxations" can distort the nerve messages between the brain and the body, producing unhealthy changes to affected organs and tissues.

How long until I feel better?

Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover it can take weeks or months. Many factors affect the healing process. Within a week or so, most patients see enough progress to encourage them to complete our recommendations.

How long will I need chiropractic care?

Some patients rely on chiropractic to help manage episodes of spinal problems. Others include chiropractic as part of a plan of ongoing wellness care. How long you benefit from care is up to you.

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