Sunday, 19 April 2009


Parsons Technique for Atlas - the first bone in the neck


When the atlas is in its correct position, the brain can function better:
This promotes a feeling of harmony, promoting self healing and regeneration throughout the body. The entire human organism begins to function to its full potential

The atlas is the top bone of the spine. It is the vertebrae that the head sits on.
The atlas should be sitting level, or square, on the rest of the cervical spine (neck), and the head should be square on the atlas.

“Is your head on straight?”

Atlas Subluxated: If the atlas is misaligned (subluxated) it causes the head to tilt. The body instinctively tries to straighten the head up while keeping the head over the feet (centre of gravity). This causes stress throughout the rest of the spine, the shoulders, the pelvis, the hips, the knees, and the ankles.

Subluxations (misalignments) are often deceiving. Even though symptomatic pain may appear in the lower back, legs, shoulders, arms or other parts of the body, their cause is very often located in the cervical spine (neck).
How does this unique method differ from most chiropractic treatment? One of the most obvious differences is the gentle way in which the practitioner works. No strenuous manipulation is needed. The neck muscles are worked on, freeing existing tensions and allowing the atlas to naturally come back into its position. The patient will feel a gentle vibration during treatment. This method works on freeing the soft tissue and musculature around the atlas and then 'gliding' it back into place.
There is no popping, twisting or cracking of the neck.


Most people suffer from a misaligned Atlas without realising it (caused by the birth trauma or accidents). Their postural imbalance and aches and pains may have a quick and simple solution through correction of their Atlas.

Dr Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH, spinal injury expert states that: "Spinal injury directly or indirectly affects virtually every organ system of the body and eventually may lead to accelerated aging”.

The Importance of the Upper neck:

The brain communicates with the body via the central nervous system which passes through the spinal canal. Your brain sends and receives instructions to and from organs via chemical and electrical messages which go through the top of your neck, along the spinal cord and via the trillions of nerves which connect with various organs.

The brain stem is the part of the central nervous system that links the brain to the spinal cord. There is some evidence that the bottom portion of the brain stem can descend into the area of the atlas bone. The brain stem is responsible for non voluntary functions such as heart beat, blood pressure, digestion and breathing. It also regulates when you sleep and wake.

C1 - first cervical

The Atlas vertebrae (C1) is located at the base of the skull, at the opening of the spinal canal (foramen magnum).

When the atlas is misaligned on the occiput this reduces the diameter of the foramen magnum thus disturbing the interactive communication between the brain and the various organs.
Literally millions of people are walking around without their heads on straight and they have the pain to prove it.

One of the major consequences of body imbalance caused by Atlas misalignment is that joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons are overloaded on one side, and this often leads to spinal disc degeneration, bulging and herniation as well as asymmetries of the entire skeleton, such as one shoulder higher than the other, one leg longer than the other, pain in the scapula, scoliosis, and tilted pelvis. Also it may give rise to cervical problems such as intensive headaches, dizziness, stiff neck, or asymmetrical or limited rotation

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