The cervical part of the human spine consists of seven segments of bone with cartilaginous intervertebral discs between each body of the spine - the vertebrae, which we call C1 to C7.
This is our neck that supports the weight of our head and at the same time protects the nerves that transmit sensory and motor information from the brain to the rest of the body. The neck is extremely flexible and allows the head to turn and tilt in all directions.
The first two vertebrae (C1 and C2, or atlas and axes) are the most deserving of this flexibility, which, when in imbalance, can lead to problems in the whole organism.
People whose atlas are not aligned most often have problems with migraines, dizziness, headaches, neck, muscle and lower back pain, mood swings, anxiety and many other problems, which we will explain in more detail below.
Atlas and axis vertebrae (C1 and C2 vertebrae)
The first two vertebrae - the atlas vertebrae and the axis, i.e., C1 and C2, have a very important role in connecting the skull with the spine. What’s interesting is that the atlas vertebra was named after the Greek god Atlas, who held the whole world on his shoulders, while the atlas in your body holds the world that lives in your head.
The atlas vertebra is in the shape of a ring with two arches that allow the second vertebra to create an axis thanks to which nodding and rotation of the head are made possible.
These two vertebrae are very important because of the connection they have with the brain stem. Trillions of nerve fibres from the brain stem pass through an opening in the atlas and descend into the spinal column. Since the opening through the atlas is so small, any movement out of position, even a fraction of a degree, can restrict the nerves and distort the messages that travel from the brain to different body parts. The result is body imbalance, nerve dysfunction, disease and pain.
Atlas vertebra adjustment at Fizionova
When the atlas is not aligned, the whole body can experience problems. Medications can help repair the consequences, but until the atlas is aligned, the condition will not go away on its own. Because, in order for the organs and cells of the body to function properly, they must receive continuous signals from the brain. The path of the nervous system in the spine is crucial for your well-being and it starts from the top, that is, from the atlas.
Although you can find Internet ads of many "experts" who can adjust the atlas and solve your problems in just a few minutes, it is very important to approach this problem professionally and carefully.
At our Center, you can be sure that the diagnosis and treatment will be performed by experts who will effectively solve your atlas misalignment problem. Depending on your specific condition, our doctors will recommend the best type of treatment, exercises and mode of functioning after the procedure to make sure that the problem does not recur.
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Our operators will find the first available appointment that suits you and will provide you with all the necessary information related to questions and concerns that you may have regarding treatment in our Center.
Atlas misalignment - causes
The C1 to C2 vertebrae are the only ones in the body that do not have a disc and that are not firmly connected like other vertebrae. Therefore, it happens that the atlas is "dislocated", that its position is incorrect, and the causes can be:
- bad sleeping positions
- blows to the head and neck
- traffic accidents
- bad posture
- weak muscles
- in rare cases, sneezing can also cause atlas misalignment
Why is adjusting the atlas key to the well-being of the whole organism?
There are many important structures that are directly affected by the position of the atlas and because of this adjusting the atlas is crucial for the proper functioning of the whole organism. These are the structures in question:
Atlas vertebrae misalignment - symptoms
Here follows a list of some of the most common signs and symptoms that the atlas is misaligned - however, you should keep in mind that an average case has at least 3 of these signs and symptoms:
It is crucial to note that misalignment in the atlas will slowly cause health problems, and the average time until the onset of symptoms is 10-15 years.
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