What is Atlas Orthogonal (AO)?
Atlas Orthogonal (AO) is a technically advanced, scientific procedure that uses a light force instrument to adjust the Atlas bone.
The Atlas is the first cervical vertebrae (C1). It is a transitional segment between the skull and the spine. This 2 ounce bone supports the base of the skull which weighs 9-17 pounds and encircles the area of the brain stem and spinal cord.
It also protects two arteries (the vertebral arteries) that transport blood and oxygen to a good portion of your brain. The Atlas bone supports the weight of the head most efficiently in the orthogonal position. If the skull is not properly balanced on your neck, or not aligned properly, there can be shifting of your spine and inhibit your body's ability to achieve optimal health.
How does the doctor determine if my Atlas is not aligned properly?
Using digital X-ray in the clinic, Dr. Kort can complete an X-ray exam, analyze, and review the relationship between the skull, Atlas, and the cervical spine.
How is the correction (adjustment) made?
After using the X-ray images to measure the deviation of the Atlas from the ideal orthogonal position, Dr. Kort calibrates the Atlas Orthogonal percussion adjusting instrument providing a "tailor made" adjustment to the Atlas (C1). The stylus of the instrument lightly touches the skin on the neck when the doctor makes the correction.
Does the procedure hurt?
No! This is a very gentle and specific correction. Patients often comment (initially) that nothing happened. However, within a short period of time report a sensation of relief and well being. With what Dr. Kort is now more aware of is the relationship of the Atlas adjustment and nerve communication with the rest of the body. Patients often rest for 15-20 minutes after the adjustment.
Who can benefit from Atlas Orthogonal (AO) chiropractic?
ANYONE whose Atlas is not properly aligned...newborn to seniors! We have seen positive results with such conditions as:
Migraine & Headaches, Herniated Discs, Athletic Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Bed Wetting, Concussions, Scoliosis, Asthma, Neck & Back pain, Auto Accidents/ Whiplash, Equestrian Injuries, Seizures, Leg & Arm Numbness, Sinus Problems, Allergies, Dizziness, Arthritis, Sciatica, Chronic Pain or Stress, and even Birth Trauma.
Where can I get more information?
Massage therapy, in conjunction with great chiropractic care can offer amazing results. Our Licensed Massage Therapists have years of experience and have successfully treated a variety of conditions. Perhaps most important, our massage therapists provide care to our patients under the direction of Dr. Kort. You will be assured of receiving a treatment that is congruent with your individualized treatment plan.
In addition to providing overall wellness massage therapy alleviates pain stemming from: auto collisions, work & sports injuries, TMJ, whip lash, migraines/headaches, sciatica carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, low back pain, shin splints, rotator cuff strain, ankle sprains, frozen shoulder...and much more!
Lois Ruiz, L.M.T. #11995
Lois became a licensed massage therapist in 2005. She has previously worked as a chiropractic assistant and understands that given the right environment, the body is truly designed to heal itself. She is eager to serve patients and work with Dr. Kort.
"Lois is absolutely, hands down the best massage therapist I've ever worked with. She is knowledgeable, kind, and has helped my healing process beyond anyone ever has. She is more than a massage therapist, she has such deep knowledge in healing joints and injuries, arthritis, lymphedema, and a whole host of issues. I highly recommend Lois to anyone wishing to feel better, whether chronic issues, or otherwise." -Valli C.