Misaligned Cervical Atlas and Effects of a Displaced Atlas

The cervical Atlas is the first vertebra at the top of your spine, known as the C1. It is doughnut shaped, and the hole permits millions of nerve fibers to pass through the Atlas into the spine itself.  This opening is quite narrow so if the cervical Atlas becomes misaligned in any way, even very slightly, it is likely to lead to a number of complications.  These complications are due to the misalignment and the pressure on your spinal cord. Don’t forget that your spinal cord is responsible for all bodily functions below the axis.
First, your head moves slightly off-center of your spine and the rest of your body. Not only can this upset your balance, but when you rotate your head you can twist the structure of your spinal column and that can create all sorts of problems.  A major issue will be your body structure, a misalignment of which can place extra stress on various parts of your body that cannot tolerate this stress.

Misaligned Cervical Atlas and Continual Headaches

Not only can a misaligned cervical Atlas lead to continual headaches and back pain, but it can also lead to a domino effect of structural issues within your body. It can exert misaligned stresses on your whole spine. A displaced cervical Atlas can also affect other parts of your body, such as your heart and circulation and your nervous system.  Issues with the nervous system are commonly-reported complications associated with a misalignment of the first vertebra – or the cervical Atlas.
A misalignment of the Atlas can lead to subluxation all the way down your spine with severe medical effects.  This explains the affect of a misaligned Atlas on your nervous system and all it controls – practically every organ in your body.

 How Does a Misaligned Atlas Occur?

There a few causes of a misaligned Atlas, and one is through childbirth. The physical stress and trauma of childbirth can misalign the baby’s Atlas.  In most cases this will only be very slight. It may never be noticed, or might rear its head in event of further damage. That could be a whiplash or just a slight fall, each of which can cause a misalignment – or aggravate an existing problem and make it more obvious. It can go undiagnosed because conventional medicine often misses a displaced vertebra. It will show up neither on an X-ray nor on an MRI scan.

 How is a Misaligned Cervical Atlas Treated?

To have a misaligned cervical Atlas treated properly, you must first visit a chiropractor to have the root cause of your problems diagnosed correctly. The treatment will then depend upon the nature your particular issue. Correction of a displaced cervical Atlas can often cause headaches and migraines, and a chiropractor can offer a solution without the need for drugs.
Not only that, but if you have posture problem such as pelvic obliquity, functional short leg, kyphosis, hyperlordosis  or functional scoliosis, then correction of the Atlas vertebra might well cure your problem.

Chiropractic and Traditional Medicine Work Together

Many doctors who are unable either to diagnose your problem correctly or to cure it may be tempted to state that it is psychosomatic.  Now, there are many problems that are psychosomatic, or in the mind, but a misplaced Atlas is not one of them.  Chiropractic and traditional medicine should be able to work together for the benefit of the patient, but this is sadly not yet the case.
The day is sure to come, but it will like come far too late for today’s patients who need this combination of different approaches to a difficult problem.  Cervical Atlas cases will continue to be mismanaged and patients suffer unnecessarily. It’s not about who is right or wrong, but about what works irrespective of the reason. That’s what patients want and need.
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