Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. What causes aches and pains in our back, neck, legs, arms, head, and joints?
Many of these problems can be associated with the imbalance of the spinal column. The spinal column is a tunnel of interlocking bones called vertebrae that protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain, together known as the central nervous system. There are spaces between each vertebra allowing nerves, which are extensions of the spinal cord, to supply and connect every part of the human body. Therefore, it is the nervous system that regulates and affects all body functions.
The nervous system can be likened to a major super highway. Without problems and all vehicles going the speed limit, travel is smooth and without accident. However, if there is a car crash, traffic slows down and even stops. The highway does not function as it was intended. When the spinal column is misaligned and out of balance, the nervous system is unable to function as it was intended.
2. What is Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic?
Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic is a specialty within the chiropractic field. The Atlas Orthogonal system is a safe, painless spinal correction which restores body balance and reactivates the bodyís natural healing abilities.
3. What exactly is an Atlas Orthogonist?
The Atlas Orthogonist is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic who, in addition to six or more years of education, utilizes a light force method of specifically adjusting the spine. The Atlas Orthogonist has undergone extensive training specializing in correcting spinal misalignment by using the atlas orthogonal percussion instrument. This method is gentle and effective and requires post graduate training.
4. How does this unique method differ from general chiropractic care?
One of the most obvious differences is the gentle, painless way in which an Atlas Orthogonist works. No manipulation (twisting, popping, or cracking) is needed. The Atlas Orthogonist's methods require such light touches to the affected area that patients expecting a forceful manipulation may find it hard to believe that anything effective has been accomplished. However, their doubts vanish as quickly as their pain and discomfort.
5. Does the Atlas technique hurt?
No. The Atlas Orthogonal spinal correction is painless and barely felt by the patient. Because of the precise X-ray analysis, a correction can be made without any forceful jerking or twisting movements.
6. What can I expect after my first correction?
After the first Atlas Orthogonal 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
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.
7. How long does an adjustment last?
The accuracy of the procedure affords the patient longer lasting effects. Thus, one or two adjustments are usually all that is needed to get proven results. And while the Atlas can again lose its proper adjustment, for most patients the procedure results in far fewer visits that most other procedures. The end result is that Atlas Orthogonal provides simple, gentle, and dramatic results. And that translates into greater relief, better health, fewer office visits, and less money spent.
8. How do I maintain my Atlas Orthogonal spinal correction?
Patients often ask what holds the spine in place once it has been corrected. When the head and neck have been re-placed to their natural position, the body will regain its normal balance and relationship to gravity. This will release tension held by the body due to its compensated stressed position. A relaxed body structure is now more stable and functions more freely. This, along with some specific instructions about body position, movement and a simple routine of therapeutic stretching exercises will allow the correction to hold for weeks, months and sometimes even years.
9. How is the treatment determined?
The treatment is decided upon after a thorough evaluation of the patientís symptoms and prior health history. Combining that information with the results of any orthopedic, neurological chiropractic examination, leg measurements, range of motion tests, and X-ray studies, the doctor is able to pinpoint accurately the source of the problem and decide upon the best plan of health care.
10. Are X-rays necessary?
Yes. It is important that certain X-rays be made in order to eliminate any guess work in addressing your condition. An Atlas Orthogonist will never guess about your health.