The Atlas

Atlas, in Greek mythology, is the man who held up the world.

Atlas, in anatomy, is the vertebrae that holds up the head.


The atlas allows the head to nod and to rotate. But maybe even more importantly, it protects and allows the passage of the brain stem from the brain in the skull to the spinal cord in the rest of the spine. The brain is constantly sending and receiving vital messages to and from every part of the body. It sends these messages on a complex system of spinal cord and nerves.

The atlas is one of the most important vertebra because it is like a doorway between your brain and the rest of your body. If that door is even part-way shut, those messages can’t get through like they are supposed to and nothing is going to function optimally. For some people this might mean headaches, for others it could be problems with the organs like the liver or the thyroid and for others it could even affect the low back!

How do I know if I have an atlas subluxation?

A subluxation (or misalignment that pinches the nerves) at this level is detrimental to a person’s health and well being. It is crucial for all men, women and children and especially infants to be checked by a chiropractor for this subluxation.

At the Chiropractic Life Center, we use the top methods of adjusting the atlas in a simple, yet easy and effective manner.

If you know of anyone who lives locally and has a health problem, let them know we may be able to help!

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