Our Technique

The ATLAS Orthogonist (or thog' ah nist) is a doctor in the field of Chiropractic, with training in the structure, function and bio-mechanics of the upper cervical spine. The Atlas Orthogonist is a fully accredited, licensed Doctor of Chiropractic. He or she has undergone a minimum of two to four years of undergraduate studies, followed by four or more years of intense training in such subjects as: Anatomy, Physiology, Radiology and many others. To further differentiate themselves from other Chiropractors, the Atlas Orthogonist concentrates his Post Graduate studies on the cervical spine, including the methodology of detailed x-ray analysis of the upper cervical region and translation of this pictorial data into measurable angles of adjustment. Specifically, an AOC practitioner does an x-ray evaluation of the orientation of the upper cervicals and then uses reproducible vector mechanics to determine the angle of orientation of the stylus on the AOC table (specially formulated table for this technique). This special table has a magnetically activated impact on one end of the stylus that transfers to the end in contact with the skin surface. The force generated on the skin is as little as 3 pounds. The movement of the atlas bone has been verified on cineradiographic studies.


Healing Times

We are often asked, "How long will it take to get better?"  The answer always   varies with the individual and the injury but here are some guidelines:

  •   Acute Inflammation 3 to 4 days
  •  Tissue Repair:  2 days to 6 weeks  
  • Tissue Remodeling:  3 weeks to 1 year  
  • Angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation necessary for full healing): Months
  • Ligament Healing:  50% in 6 months, 80% in 1 year  
  • Muscle or Tendon Healing:  10 days to 10 weeks
  • Proprioceptive Adaptation:  8+ weeks


By using a table with an exact measuring device, the following benefits may occur:


  • Speeds unattainable by voluntary muscular contraction are produced efficiently
  • An instrument may remove some human variables that exist in hand contacts and thrust variation
  • The correction occurs within the normal range of motion of the vertebra, and thus differs from manipulation which, by definition, takes the joint slightly beyond the end range of motion.