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).
An extensive clinical research has confirmed that the FIRST CERVICAL VERTEBRA (C1) IS MORE OR LESS IN A ROTATIONAL MALPOSITION IN ALMOST ALL HUMANS.
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.
An atlas in its correct position optimizes nervous communication and vascular circulation between head and body.