We shall introduce you with Atlas, the first cervical vertebra. Are you familiar with the fact that we are all born with, more or less, rotated first cervical vertebra, the Atlas? In order to get the Atlas into its natural position, you need only one treatment. The atlas is the first cervical vertebra, on which the skull is located. It is named after the Atlas, the mythology god, who was forced to hold the weight of the Earth on his back for the eternity, and he had many problems because of that. The Atlas enables the movement of the head back and forth, and it enables us to nod our head. When we turn our head left and right, the Atlas turn on the second vertebra, the Axis, and enable us, among other things, to shake our head.The Atlas can sometimes be put in an even more inconvenient position in relation to the skull, by making light movement or rotation around its own axis. If the Atlas is not in the right position, the upper cervical musculature hardens. Due to the fact that the ligaments which connect the skull with the Atlas are strained and taut, the vertebra is constantly bent.  The wrong position of the Atlas can cause many severe and painful problems which, in time, deteriorate. However, let’s take a more detailed look at the problem. There is large number of veins and arteries going through the inside of the Atlas enabling the blood flow to the brain. Parts of these are also the vertebral arteries, which go through side extensions of all cervical vertebras, thus the Atlas. Another important artery passes by the Atlas, the internal carotid artery, which goes into the scull through forman loburare. Slightly dislocated Atlas can cause overstretching of vertebral artery, which reduces the blood flow to cerebellum. On the other hand, the Atlas can get in such a position to exert pressure on the internal carotid artery, therefore slowing down the blood flow to the brain. The incorrect Atlas position causes variety of repetitive problems, starting from headaches, i.e. migraines, neck pain, stiff neck, shoulder pain, limb numbness as well as back pain.

The incorrect Atlas position affects not only the blood circulation but also the nervous system. The vagus nerve also passes by the Atlas and it is one of the most important and expanded nerves of the vegetative system which serves numerous functions in our body. The vagus nerve plays a central role in the regulation of gastric acid secretion, and also managing intestinal functions. Large of problems can occur if the Atlas exerts pressure on this nerve, such as dizziness, nausea, lack of balance, sudden loss of consciousness, paleness, flushing, exaggerated sweating, heartburn, gastritis, constipation and so-called inflammatory bowel disease. Vagus nerve also affects the heartbeats, and the dysfunction of this nerve is one of the causes for tachycardy i.e. rapid heartbeat and low or high blood pressure. Above all this, incorrect positioning of the Atlas causes unbalanced distribution of head weight on the spine. The attempt of the body to compensate for this problem causes the discrepancy which affects the entire musculo-skeletal-joint system (this means functional scoliosis, shoulders and hips height discrepancy and leg length discrepancy that may result in the process). Permanent discrepancy causes overload of certain muscles, whereat the muscles strain and exert pressure on nerves and blood vessels. Sometimes the pain in the knee or the pain in the hips and legs is, in fact, a result of incorrect positioning of the Atlas, without us even being aware of it.Incorrect positioning of the Atlas was not known, until recently, as a cause for many problems and diseases.