Although not considered in many medical or chiropractic procedures, an atlas misalignment (also called a craniocervical junction misalignment) can be one of the most destructive problems to compromise health. There are some significant features of the atlas bone that make it the primary focus of the Atlas Orthogonal procedure. The atlas bone is the first moveable bone through which the nerves from the brain pass to the entire body. The craniocervical junction (the joint between the skull and the atlas) is much less stable than the rest of the spine due to smaller supporting ligaments and flatter bone structure. This design allows for greater movement of the head in every direction, but leaves that joint less stable and much more susceptible to injury or misalignment with falls, concussions, head injuries and accidents. Due to its unstable nature, atlas bone can sometimes misalign from a smaller and seemingly insignificant event.