Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Who will benefit from the AtlasPROfilax® Technique?

The AtlasPROfilax® Technique is for everyone, from babies to the elderly.
The spine of elderly people may never be perfectly levelled, but tensions and pains could be greatly reduced, their balance and posture may improve and they would have a much better quality of life.

Anyone with problems with the spine, neck and joints are highly recommended to check their C1 alignment. However, we recommend this procedure to nearly everyone for the purpose of prevention (according to studies 95 % of humans beings have the Atlas out of alignment).

How did the Atlas get misaligned for most humans?

Birth can be very traumatic for babies (forceps, caesareans, prolonged labour, suction), sometimes also the position of the foetus is not quite right in the mother’s womb. We have observed that many babies could have their Atlas out of place from birth already.

There are other contributing factors like the tremendous stress children sometimes undergo (e.g. falls, knocks…) at an early age, when they learn how to walk or ride a bicycle. Later on, additional traumas can aggravate the situation in the event of car crashes, sport or work injuries, bad sleeping conditions, whiplash, etc…..

Are you a chiropractor?

Chiropractors and Osteopaths work on the whole body (except the first cervical vertebrae, the C1) as they are not trained or equipped for doing so in the manner of the AtlasPROfilax® training.

We work on the C1 only, In many cases, no further work is needed, as the spine realigns itself, therefore potentially impacting the whole body. When the Atlas it out of alignment, problems may occur in many areas, each individual’s symptoms will be different, according to their own medical history (especially relating to previous accidents and injuries). We work together with some Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Acupuncturists as our work complements each other. However, they will work much more effectively when the Atlas is in place as the spine will be more stable.

Listen to what the newspapers and Dr Neil Thomson, Chiropractor, say about AtlasPROfilax®: http://www.marieatlas.co.uk/Newspaper-Isle-of-Man-Chiropractor.pdf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoD8hB-hJz0

We always recommend clients to see their Chiropractor or Osteopath, or have massages, (or whatever treatment they usually rely on) following the Atlas is realignment because the whole body/skeleton will be wanting to settle into the correct position, and this may take a little time, depending on what a person’s body has been through, and how long there has been pain or discomfort.

Is this treatment safe? What does the treatment involve?

The procedure is perfectly safe, it is only like a specific massage with no strenuous manipulations done to the neck.

We use a specially designed hand held device that massages the tight muscles and soft tissues at the base of the skull, where the Atlas is trapped. When the muscles are loosened, the released Atlas can slot into place by itself, we simply guide it. There is no cracking of the neck or any kind of chiropractic manipulation, or anything that might be traumatic, it is non-invasive and very safe.

The method is non-medicinal and non-chiropractic.

How many sessions do I need?

Only 2 sessions are needed. The initial session is the main session and is for the Atlas realignment, It includes simple body alignment tests to indicate whether the Atlas is out or not, whether the spine is aligned or whether one leg/arm is shorter than the other. Those tests are performed before and after the procedure. Please note that no charge will be made if your C1 is assessed to be in its correct neutral position.

What does the second session involve?

The follow-up session (free of charge) is for a check-up, any muscular release massage required and also to clear any negative cellular memory as the body very often tends to go back to its previous position, helping the body to re-adjust. We use a device called “Scenar” which is a natural healing device developed by Russian scientists and used to keep their astronauts in peak physical condition.

The Scenar catalyses the process to produce regulatory peptides in large quantities, those peptides will in turn break the stability and rigidity of unfinished programs of diseases, helping the body develop, finalize, and eventually eliminate them from our cellular memory. This device effectively addresses any residual areas of pain and muscular tension.

The Scenar aids the body through triggering the healing process in damaged cells.

Will the Atlas stay in place?

For anatomical and mechanical reasons, a corrected Atlas cannot be dislodged (it is normally very easy for the C1 to move in a worse position if it is out of alignment from birth). However the Atlas (C1) and the Axis (C2) form a joint, and like any joint in the body they are designed to fit. For instance, under normal conditions, you won’t fear your shoulders or elbows would dislocate, unless extremely traumatised, and the same thing applies to the Atlas.

Furthermore, the weight of the head (between 9 and 17 pounds) will naturally keep the Atlas in its proper place.

Is the procedure painful?

The procedure is normally not painful, some clients find it pleasant, some of them find it uncomfortable, it all depends on how much tensions is held by the client or his/her sensitivity. The procedure could be compared to a deep tissues massage applied around the occipital joint.

For instance, it is normally not painful for children as they rarely have muscular contractions (newborns never move or cry during the procedure).

What are healing reactions?

As a result of the realignment your body could experience a self-healing process. The healing duration is dependent on the physical constitution of each individual. Your body will regain its natural vital strength and you will feel its regeneration process accordingly.

Responses may emerge on the same day, weeks and even months after the treatment. Fatigue may occur as a result of carrying disease and injury in the body. Emotions such as sadness, depression and negativity may also surface during this time in order to clear completely.

Medical conditions of a physical or mental nature, which have not been entirely cleared, may appear again in a modified form to be ultimately cured within the regenerating and self-healing process; For instance, persistent coughs, bronchitis, colds (a runny nose over a period of time is part of the natural regenerating and clearing process).

What kind of after-care should I seek?

It is essential to support and your body, especially your neck and your back with massages. Regular relaxing baths (with Epsom salts) , steam rooms and saunas are also hugely beneficial on a regular basis.
Other traditional treatments and complementary therapies are even more effective when the Atlas is in its correct position. We always recommend clients to see their Chiropractor or Osteopath, or have massage, (or whatever treatment they usually rely on) after the Atlas is realigned, because the whole body/skeleton will be wanting to settle into the correct position, and this may take a little time, depending on what a person’s body has been through, and how long there has been pain or discomfort.

In certain cases not only patience is required but also therapies and traditional treatments to help relieve persistent pain and blockages along the spine, the cervical vertebrae and around the pelvis. Muscle memory can be deep seated. Tensions could be held in your body, especially in the neck, back and the lumbar region of the spine for months after the adjustment.

Bad posture and accidents which have poorly healed can become sensitive. As the nerve channels slowly recover, sensitivity may temporary be felt in the teeth, armpits, shoulders and arms.