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Atlas Orthogonal Technique

What is Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic?

Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic is a specialty within the chiropractic profession that focus’ on the nerves in the upper cervical segment of the spine. The Atlas Orthogonal system is a painless and safe spinal correction, which restores body balance and reactivates the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

The premise is simple, yet powerful. The Atlas is the first bone that the spinal cord passes through. If it is out of alignment it affects nerve impulses through the spinal cord as well as the flow of blood to the head and brain.

When the Atlas vertebra becomes misaligned / subluxated, it creates a series of compensations throughout the spine. Besides impacting the cervical spine, we can see other effects, such as decreased curves of the neck, scoliosis, and changes in the alignment in shoulders and pelvis. These changes in the alignment affect the structural integrity of the skeletal system. This in turn can result in a host of other symptoms and problems.

The Atlas supports the weight of the head most efficiently in an orthogonal position—when the head and neck are at right angles to the atlas. To illustrate this point look at the spine like a chain. When the first link is twisted and turned, each link down to the last turns slightly—thereby disrupting the rest of the chain. Consider the Atlas the first and therefore the most important link in the chain. Misalignment / Subluxation of the Atlas clearly affects the rest of the vertebra of the spine. In this way, even low back and leg pain may be directly related to an Atlas Subluxation. (misalignment of a vertebra causing an irritation of the nerve.)

How is AO Chiropractic care different?

When most people think of chiropractic corrections, they think of neck pain, back pain, or muscle aches. The Atlas Orthogonal Spinal Correction can help your body work better no matter what type of health problem you may have.

Dr. Cannon is dedicated to correcting the Atlas Subluxation Complex, which is a misalignment of the bone structure of the head and neck. Many symptoms can be relieved by correction of the Atlas Subluxation Complex.

How does the AO Correction Technique work?

The Atlas Orthogonal spinal correction is barely felt by the patient. Because of the precise X-ray analysis, a correction can be made without any forceful movements.

The AO technique utilizes a light pressure method of specifically correcting cervical spinal misalignments by using the atlas orthogonal percussion instrument. This precision form of upper cervical spinal correction painlessly restores body balance without any forceful jerking or twisting of the neck or back.

No physical manipulation (i.e., twisting or popping) is ever employed or needed. The Dr. Cannon’s methods require such light touches to the defined area, that patients who may expect a forceful manipulation or cracking sound as part of their treatment, find it hard to believe that anything effective has been accomplished. But, their doubts soon vanish as along with their pain and discomfort.

Are X-rays needed?

Yes. It is important that certain x-rays be made. To see is to know, to not see is to guess. Dr. Cannon will never guess about your health. He has had extensive training, and is extremely proficient at taking the precision x-ray films needed to evaluate your case. He never requires x-rays, unless vital to the diagnosis and treatment of your condition.

What kind of Results should you expect?

After your first AO spinal correction, you may experience a variety of changes within your body. These are due to the nervous system responding to the structural correction. Symptoms are a positive sign that healing is taking place.

In order to heal, the body must go through different cycles of repair, which very often express themselves in some of the following ways:

• Alleviation of symptoms
• Tiredness or sleepiness
• Muscle stiffness/Soreness

You should not be concerned if the pain changes or moves to another area of the body. Symptoms may decrease immediately. However, the amount of misalignment and severity of the condition will determine the recovery time. Please make the doctor aware of any and all changes. Remember, pain is a sign that the body is working; any changes can be part of the healing process.

Real Health Benefits of AO Chiropractic care

The accuracy of this procedure affords the patient longer lasting effects. Thus, one or two adjustments in many cases are usually all that is needed to get initial results. And while the Atlas can again lose its proper adjustment, for most patients the procedure results in far fewer visits and less money spent than most other chiropractic techniques.

The end result is that Atlas Orthogonal corrections provide simple, gentle and dramatic results that translate into greater relief allowing you to, once again, experience a healthy, vibrant lifestyle.

The end result is that Atlas Orthogonal corrections provide simple, gentle and dramatic results that translate into greater relief allowing you to, once again, experience a healthy, vibrant lifestyle.

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