Atlas Orthogonal vs. Traditional Chiropractic

How is Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic treatment different from traditional chiropractic treatment?

Training and Credentials

Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic is not a part of the core curriculum at most chiropractor colleges, but it does exist as an entirely separate specialty that requires students or established doctors to learn and develop competencies outside of basic chiropractic education.

Dr. David Nygaard is board certificated in advanced upper cervical care; Atlas Orthogonality. There are currently less than 250 worldwide doctors that has achieved this advanced certification.

Imaging & Technology

A major difference between upper cervical chiropractic specialists and traditional chiropractors is that the doctor will not adjust the patient without x-rays.
Dr. David Nygaard relies on detailed imaging and precise calculations. At Atlas Brain and Body we understand the importance of your care. Diagnostic imaging is an important first step in providing you with a tailored treatment plan that will ensure that every treatment is effective.

The high frequency digital x-ray technology allows for precision and accuracy when determining your misalignment. The reason that your Atlas adjustment is so precise is because of these very specific x-ray imaging. Getting started requires 4 images; 1 from the side, one from the back of your head and 2 from the front. These images are the analyzed with a unique computer program providing a unique blueprint of where your misalignments are.

Atlas Orthogonal treatment would be impossible without these images.

Specialized Care

Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in the most important part of your nervous system – the brain stem. Think of the brain stem as the junction box for your communication between the brain and the rest of your body.

Misalignment at the base of your skull can interfere with this communication. The most critical area to have properly aligned in your body is the vertebrae that are located below the skull (known as the atlas and axis – the first and second cervical vertebrae).

The upper cervical misalignment is the most complex and difficult region of the spine to align, but when correction is achieved the results can be simply amazing.

Specialized specific care also means that fewer adjustments will be needed.

Focus on head to neck balance

The focus of upper cervical chiropractic is to establish the proper relation between the skull and the top vertebrae called the atlas. This removes any interference to the nervous system that may be present as a result of an atlas misalignment.

As the correction in the upper neck is achieved the entire body is brought back into balance as stress on posture nerves feeding the brain stem is relieved. This is why people with problems even in the lower part of their body respond well to the Atlas Orthogonal correction.

Patients notice changes throughout their entire body as normal alignment and posture is restored.

Atlas adjustments have full body consequences, while traditional chiropractic mobilizes stuck joints. This single segment focus has less of a full body affect.

Atlas adjustments help to restore your brain to body communication.

Measure effectiveness after each adjustment

After your Atlas adjustment, your doctor will check to evaluate your nerve pressure to feel that it has been relieved and that the top vertebrae are now in proper alignment.

You will be also asked if there is any tenderness or soreness present.

Your doctor will also measure and validate that your body is in a state of balance and that your leg length analysis shows the legs are even.

Gentle and pain free

The Atlas Orthogonal procedure is one of the most gentle chiropractic treatments in the world. It employs a unique approach that focuses solely on spinal adjustments and never involves twisting or cracking, which makes it safe for even those with severe fear of being manipulated.

Patients feel little to no discomfort during treatment as they are only feeling light pressure from their spine being adjusted without any other manipulation techniques used by more traditional chiropractors like popping joints back into place or adjusting them using rotational motions often seen in many forms of manual therapy.

Safe

One concern people have when thinking about visiting a chiropractor is safety. People often are scared because they have the wrong idea of what treatment will actually be like.

Because Atlas Orthogonal treatments are so precise these adjustments are extremely safe. The adjustment is delivered by an instrument that uses just 3 pounds of force.

Watch a Patient Describe Her First Atlas Adjustment

Contact us today to learn about Atlas Brain and Body and the many conditions we treat. 828-253-0700.

Dr. David Nygaard, MS, MBA
Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist
Atlas Brain and Body
(828) 253-0700
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Neck Pain

Most episodes of neck pain are due to a muscle strain or other soft tissue sprain (ligaments, tendons), spinal misalignment, or atlas misalignment. This type of injury can also be caused by a sudden force (whiplash).

These types of pain often improve with time and with non-surgical care such as medications and chiropractic care. But if the pain continues, worsens or is accompanied by arm pain or numbness, there is often a specific condition that requires treatment.

Cervical degenerative disc disease, cervical herniated disc, cervical stenosis, and cervical arthritis can all lead to this type of pain. Each of these conditions has unique symptoms and treatment approaches.

Contact us today to learn about Atlas Brain and Body and the many conditions we treat. 828-253-0700

Dr. David Nygaard, MS, MBA
Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist
Atlas Brain and Body
(828) 253-0700
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Fibromyalgia

Although there is no consensus on its cause, fibromyalgia appears to be both an inflammatory condition and a neuromuscular condition – meaning that it involves both the body and the brain. It appears to begin by inflammation of the fibrous tissue that surrounds muscles and joints from overuse or injury that send pain signals to the brain.

In the case of fibromyalgia, these signals are amplified and become chronic, and in some cases lead to debility. Researchers believe that “central sensitization” occurs. This is a neurological rewiring, possibly with genetic links, that results in a lower threshold for pain because of increased sensitivity in the brain to pain signals.

Fibromyalgia is commonly a direct result of atlas misalignment, which places measurable pressure on the spinal cord at the level of the brain stem. This adversely affects the brain/body nerve signals, irritates the surrounding soft tissue, and also affects the blood supply to the brain and the proper flow of cerebro-spinal fluid.

This condition routinely responds positively to Atlas Orthogonal as well as laser, infrared light therapy and nerve repair protocols.

Contact us today to learn about Atlas Brain and Body and the many conditions we treat. 828-253-0700

Dr. David Nygaard, MS, MBA
Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist
Atlas Brain and Body
(828) 253-0700
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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in your eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.

The effects are often different for everyone who has the disease. Some people have mild symptoms and don’t need treatment. Others will have trouble getting around and doing daily tasks.

MS happens when your immune system attacks a fatty material called myelin, which wraps around your nerve fibers to protect them. Without this outer shell, your nerves become damaged. Scar tissue may form. The damage means your brain can’t send signals through your body correctly. Your nerves also don’t work as they should to help you move and feel.

Atlas misalignment places measurable stress on the brain stem and the pain sensitive surrounding tissue. Also, blood supply to the brain is often compromised. Another primary issue that directly causes multiple sclerosis is disruption in cerebro-spinal fluid, which is crucial for proper brain function. There is referenced research in regard to MS and its positive response to Atlas care.

Contact us today to learn about Atlas Brain and Body and the many conditions we treat. 828-253-0700

Dr. David Nygaard, MS, MBA
Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist
Atlas Brain and Body
(828) 253-0700
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Migraines

Migraines are neurovascular headaches. “Neuro” stands for the nerve component and “vascular” for blood vessels. Another primary issue that directly causes migraines is disruption in cerebro-spinal fluid, which is crucial for proper brain function.

Migraines are intense throbbing headaches that last for hours at a time occurring as frequently as several times per day or as infrequently as a few times per year. These are different from common tension headaches.

Headaches

Headaches occur anywhere in the head or neck region and can be a symptom of a number of different conditions. There are also many different types, and although not all are the same, they all share at least one thing in common — they cause pain. But many headaches also cause other unwanted symptoms, including nausea and vomiting.

Atlas misalignment places measurable stress on the brain stem and the pain sensitive surrounding tissue. Also, blood supply to the brain is often compromised. Another primary issue that directly causes migraines is disruption in cerebro spinal fluid, which is crucial for proper brain function. Migraines and other atlas neurological conditions routinely respond positively to Atlas Orthogonal.

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Dr. David Nygaard, MS, MBA
Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist
Atlas Brain and Body
(828) 253-0700
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