Atlas Subluxation Exercises

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Are you experiencing neck stiffness, aching or pain? Are you getting headaches and hearing grating and cracking noises in your neck? How about ringing in the ears? If so, you may find relief from these and other symptoms of cervical misalignment through atlas subluxation exercises. These are natural ways to realign your neck, and we’ll go over five spinal subluxation exercises below. But first, we’ll provide background information on what is atlas subluxation, including its common causes and symptoms.

Understanding Atlas Subluxation

Your C1, or atlas, is the first bone in your neck and is a ring-type bone at the point where your neck and head meet. Your C2, or axis, is your second bone in your neck and is located right below your Atlas. Both your C1 and C2 are often called your upper cervical spine. They’re close to your brain stem which is a part of your central nervous system. Your brain stem coordinates and controls almost every one of the vital functions of your body.

When connective tissue damage occurs because of an injury or accident, it can result in a misaligned atlas and axis that locks into a stressed irregular position and leads to:

  • Tension

  • Pressure

  • Cerebrospinal fluid circulation

  • Disruption to blood flow

  • Irritation

Atlas or axis subluxation will lead to spinal postural distortion. You may benefit from spinal subluxation exercises if you have this condition. Below, we’ll discuss the causes, symptoms, and subluxation exercises you can perform.

Subluxation Causes

A minor physical trauma that typically wouldn’t cause a subluxation does so due to emotional factor-related muscle tension. Normal strain and stress of your everyday life can cause muscles filled with chemicals and toxins to allow the occurrence of subluxations.

While major trauma is usually fall or automobile accident-related, your body also goes through micro traumas on a daily basis. Habits and behaviors that lead to subluxation include:

  • Crossing your legs

  • Continuously carrying a bag or purse on the same side of the body

  • Looking down at your PC for long lengths of time

  • Sleeping on your stomach

  • Wearing high heels

It’s clear how physical traumas can lead to vertebra subluxation. Being hit by a car or falling down the stairs are examples of physical trauma that will likely cause vertebrae misalignment, interfering with normal nerve transmission.

Whiplash from an automobile accident is another example of a physical trauma. Other examples are:

  • Falling off your bike

  • Contact sports

  • Slipping on ice while skating

  • Other physical stresses

You can have an imbalance that causes subluxation pretty much from any activity where you constantly use just one side of your body.

Subliminal, constant trauma is another physical trauma. Certain physical traumas that can cause subluxations are those you do over periods of time such as:

  • Standing

  • Sitting

  • Sleeping incorrectly

  • Learning to walk (kids falling on their behind over and over as they learn to walk)

C1 and C2 Vertebrae Misalignment Symptoms

Subluxations can often be misleading. While you may experience symptomatic pain in your legs, lower back, arms, shoulders or other areas of your body, their cause is usually pinpointed to your neck (cervical spine).

Spinal misalignment symptoms might include:

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Neck stiffness, muscle ache and pain

  • Headaches

  • Crackling or grating noises in your neck

  • Complete paralysis of your legs and arms

  • Breathing difficulties without assistance and apparatus

  • Limited neck and head movement

  • Reduced or impaired ability to speak

  • Compromised continence control

Symptoms of C3 Vertebrae Misalignment

Your C3 vertebra is a little less fragile than your C1 and C2 vertebra, but they can still suffer severe injuries if damaged badly. Those with spinal cord damage in this location typically struggle with restricted mobility with the “flexion and extension” neck movement.

Symptoms may include:

  • Neuralgia

  • Eczema

  • Pimples and acne

  • Limited range of motion

  • Neuritis

  • Paralysis in your hands, arms, legs and torso

  • A requirement of a ventilator to breathe

  • Trouble controlling bowel and bladder function

  • Loss of diaphragm function

Spinal Subluxation Exercises

Performing one or more of the below spinal subluxation exercises or therapeutic procedures might provide you with relief from your discomfort or pain.

1. Atlas Rotation Exercise Right or Left

This is a simple exercise, but impacts your atlas. For this exercise, you’ll put your hand above your ear, holding out your elbow and pointing your thumb down in the front of that ear. Turn your head as far as you can slowly without discomfort or pain and then while holding this position, resist against your hand. Be sure you hold your chin up. You should do this exercise ten times, twice a day at five-second intervals.

2. Head Weighting

In this exercise, you’ll wear a head weight for around 20 minutes each day, twice a day. This forward head posture strengthens the muscles that hold the curve of your neck, making them work to pull back that curve even after you’ve taken off the head weight.

3. Cervical Traction Warm Up

With the cervical traction warm-up exercise, you’ll be reducing forward head posture and improving the cervical curve. You hold the straight piece of the cervical traction tool and position it so it’s level with the height of your chin.  Place the curved piece behind your neck. Grip the end of the tool’s straight piece with your hands, curling your fingers away or towards the wall — your choice. Standing against the wall and looking up at the ceiling, you’ll slightly bend your knees for two seconds while you’re breathing out. Relax for a couple seconds as you breathe in and come up. Repeat.

4. Atlas Orthogonal Technique

This atlas chiropractic technique is a highly-specialized type of chiropractic therapy that focuses on upper cervical spinal corrections to restore body balance. The manipulations in this spine adjustment method, in particular, focus on the neck bone. When there’s misalignment of this vertebra, it may result in both mental and physical stress throughout your entire body.

The goal of this chiropractic adjustment procedure is to move your vertebra carefully and gently into a better position relative to your below the spine and above the skull.

The Atlas Orthogonal adjustment works by restoring balance and proper communication between your body and brain. When the nerve impulses between these two become restricted, it can lead to tension, pain and other medical conditions — in some cases, chronic. The adjustment helps to promote healing and relieve nerve compression by re-aligning this important bone.

5. Atlasprofilax

This bone adjustment method works by releasing existing tensions through a specific short neck muscle massage. By doing this, it gently helps move your atlas back into its anatomical position. You’ll require a subsequent follow-up with more self-healing support. Once it reaches its natural position, it can’t rotate again because of mechanical and anatomical reasons. This durable fixedness offers the chance of total mental, physical and spiritual development with the potential of being upright and healthy.

Disclaimer: You should perform any of these exercises at your own tolerance and pace. If you begin feeling any discomfort, stop the exercise right away and call your doctor. They’ll advise you on your exercises.  Begin all your exercises at a low intensity, short duration and low repetition, building yourself up gradually as your body becomes capable and ready to perform the full exercise recommended.

Everyone progresses through the exercises at different speeds. No matter what level you’re at, to correct your body as fast as possible, be sure you do the exercises every day.

If you suspect you’re struggling with spinal subluxation, you should call your local chiropractor or orthopedic specialist and set up a consultation. They’ll sit down with you and discuss which exercises you’d benefit from the most and set up a treatment plan for you.


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