The effect of the Atlas vertebra on scoliosis
Picture: 1) before treatment
2) after treatment
There are 2 types of scoliosis: congenital and idiopathic (functional). Congenital scoliosis is usually treated by orthopedists and surgeons.
Idiopathic scoliosis or functional scoliosis, in contrast, is caused or worsened by misalignment of the Atlas.
If the lateral misalignment of the Atlas is severe, the spine may change its shape into an "S" or "C" shape to compensate for the resulting inclined position of the head. As a result of the misaligned Atlas, the underlying vertebrae assume an incorrect position.
Where the angle of rotation of the Atlas is marked, in some people a twisting of the entire chest or spinal column may be observed. This situation can worsen owing to a number of other physical or psychological/emotional factors, which can be investigated in a separate consultation.
After correction of the Atlas, in cases of extremely pronounced scoliosis, it is advisable to undergo other specific treatments and perform corrective physical exercise, as over time the muscles have developed asymmetrically and need to be strengthened anew in a targeted manner.
Preventing Scoliosis with the ATLANTOtec® method
Once scoliosis has established itself, it takes a long time and a great deal of work before it can be corrected. For this reason, it is advisable to carry out correction of the Atlas with the ATLANTOtec® method as early as possible, even from childhood, so that scoliosis does not have a chance to develop.
Deviation of the spinal column from its axis of symmetry and ideal shape provides a breeding ground for a whole series of secondary problems such as lumbar pain, back strain, cervicalgia, trapped spinal nerves causing pins and needles or limbs that "go to sleep," torticollis, hernias of the intervertebral discs, pain in the hip joints, pain in the knees or feet and numerous other conditions apparently unrelated to the Atlas.