30 Aug Look inside to find what is in the atlas.
An atlas has always been fascinating to me. I am an intrepid traveller and for as long as I remember I have loved looking at an atlas looking at all the places that are on the globe plotting out future travel plans.....but today I am writing about a different type of Atlas-Your vertebra named the atlas.
The atlas is your top vertebra, the one that your skulls sits on. Surrounding your atlas are many small muscles called suboccipital muscles, which nestle in just under the skull and help to move your head in certain movements. Also in the centre of the atlas bone, the beginning of your spinal cord lies. This area of your spinal column is hugely influential on other parts of your body.
Some of the more common noticeable effects of being subluxated in the atlas area can include. (Please note this is not a statement that all of the following symptoms are solely caused by Atlas subluxation, merely a guide as to what has been observed in clinical practice over the past 20 years)
- Headaches, brain fog, concentration difficulties, memory issues, dizziness, visual defects.
- Anxiety, Tension, Irritability
- Nausea, Indigestion, Body temperature regulation issues
If hypothetically I was only allowed to check one part of peoples spines I would choose the atlas. Without doubt the most profound health changes I have witnessed in my career have been due to upper neck adjustments.
The more common reasons people have atlas subluxation in my experience are due to poor posture, sitting at desks all day, motor vehicle accidents, stress, tension, anxiety, excessive sugar intake.
Yours in Health
Dr Michael Bloom
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Dr Michael Bloom has a wide and varying interest in what it takes to live a healthy and happy life. He has over 20 years experience as a chiropractor in Europe and Australia and has attended over 40 post graduate seminars and courses. Currently he has a particular interest in the declining posture of society and the health implications associated with poor posture.