Atlas vertebra

Atlas is the first cervical vertebra, or C1, and is named after the giant from the Greek mythology (atlas-ατλας) who had to carry the celestial sphere on his shoulders. Similarly the atlas has to carry the whole weight of the skull (4-6 kg).

The atlas together with the second vertebra - the axis - forms the connection between the skull and spine.

The atlas thus helps to maintain the skull in the correct vertical position and thus prevents destructive repercussions on the locomotor system, even after injuries.

THE AREA OF THE ATLAS has significant importance for correct functioning of the brain and whole organism, management of the spine and musculoskeletal system and thus for our physical and psychical balance.

Facts about atlas


This wrong position of the atlas is from birth.

The bad position of the atlas is the cause of various physical, psychical and mental disorders, disharmony and pain.

The dislocation of the atlas can be worsened and make more pain, typically during accidents such a whiplash, falls, sports injuries or different manipulation of the neck and spine, pushing the atlas into an even worse position.

The malpositioning of the atlas leads locally to continuous mechanical pressure on the adjacent muscles, tendons and other soft tissues, cranial nerves and other nervous tracts, blood and lymphatic vessels altering thus their function causing irritation, inflammation and dysregulation, ie. symptoms and pain.

Depending on the degree of the rotational malposition the atlas can even cause reduction in the diameter of the foramen magnum, irritate the spinal cord and its wrappings and alter the spinal fluid flow.

Atlas and mechanical balance of the body

The incorrect position of the atlas also disturbs the mechanical balance of the body and alters symmetrical management of the spine and musculoskeletal system including the jaw.

The malpositioning of the atlas thus inevitably leads to chain reactions in other parts of the body and compensatory changes in 3D sense on the spine and whole locomotor system - TWIST OF THE BODY. This will cause neck pain and lower back pain and has negative effect on the posture.

Displaced atlas is ONE OF THE DEEPEST MECHANICAL BLOCKS IN THE BODY negatively affecting the surrounding tissues (local stress) as well as the more distant areas of the body down to the soles of the feet causing discomfort or pain anywhere in the body.

The wrong position of the atlas has influence on the whole organism and also impacts function of the brain leading to different physical, psychical and mental problems.

REPERCUSSIONS occur thus anywhere in the body. The entire spine and skeleton, jaw, balance system, eyes, ears, nervous system and circulatory system, or interior organs etc. can be affected.

An example of changes in posture caused by a dislocated atlas is the SCOLIOTIC PELVIS resulting in leg difference.

Atlas in its right position

An atlas in its correct position optimizes nervous communication and vascular circulation between head and body.

It contributes to the symmetrical guidance of the body and correct center of gravity preventing thus negative impacts on the spine and improving our physical and mental capacities.

The right position of the atlas prevents, reduces, or eliminiates many adverse effects and supports a self-healing process.

The AtlasPROfilax® method corrects the atlas vertebra PRECISELY, PERMANENTLY and IN ONLY ONE SESSION.