The Atlas Vertebra: The "Neck Secret"

How an Iowa Scientist Discovered One of the Hidden Keys to Relieving Pain... Find Out Why Former Chronic Pain Sufferers Call it the "Neck Secret"... That's  Finally Being Published in Medical Journals and Reported By Mainstream Media... 80 Years After its Discovery!

   By Dr. Donald Liebell


   In this article you will find out:   
   

    The "Hidden" Cause of Chronic Pain That Only A Handful of Enlightened Physicians Understand
    How the position of a small, 2-ounce bone at the top of your neck can be the difference between living in
         Pain... or NO PAIN… and living life to the fullest
    Why This Amazing Discovery Has Been “Swept Under the Rug” by Doctors, Research Scientists and the
         Government... Until Now…
    The Time-tested, Procedures That May Easily End Your Neck Problems Once and For All
    Why Network Television News, “Good Morning America,” "The Doctors," and other Media are Now Reporting the
          Critical Importance of this Healthcare Breakthrough…

    What You Can Do to Find Out if this “Neck Secret” Could Be the Answer to Your Pain and Misery Right Now

     Everybody knows we’ve got problems with our healthcare system.  No big secret there.  But it’s more than a health insurance problem.  It's an INFORMATION PROBLEM: Legitimate Medical discoveries, research breakthroughs, and effective and safe treatments don’t become public knowledge because of politics and greedy corporate financial interest.  NeckSecret.com exists to tell you all about what I’m sure you will soon agree is one of the most critical health care breakthroughs in many decades: the discovery of the importance of the Atlas Vertebra.  The Atlas Vertebra is the name for the small 2-ounce bone at the top of your neck.  The Atlas (life-size photo on the left) is responsible for supporting the weight of your head, which weighs between 9 and 17 pounds.  

The Law of Cause and Effect

    Over 2,000 years ago, Socrates said we live in a world of law governed by a system of order… whether we understand the principles behind it or not.  He taught people to think logically about the consequences of their thoughts and behaviors.  Everybody knows this today as the “Law of Cause and Effect.”   It simply means that everything happens for a reason… there’s a cause, or series of specific, measurable causes that can be identified.  We accept this scientifically proven fact today, but in Socrates’ day it was a controversial idea—it was one of the reasons he was put to death!  Of course Sir Isaac Newton proved it in physics—that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

    So what does this have to do with neck pain?

    The happiest, healthiest, most pain-free people are those who’ve searched for and found treatment approaches that focus on CAUSES…not effects.   The “Neck Secret” is the proven CAUSE behind much human pain and suffering.  It has been documented and researched at university facilities, and published in professional journals.  I promise you’ll be scratching your head wondering why nobody has ever explained this to you before, as you read every word of this article.

    The Powerful Little Health-Boosting Secret I Guarantee Nobody Has Ever Told You

     Your BRAIN runs your body. It’s your “power generator”… your “master computer.” Your brain sends electrical and chemical messages back and forth to your entire body…through the top of your neck… at the speed of light… through the spinal cord and the trillions of nerves which branch off of it.  Your brain tells your body what to do through the nerves. These brain messages pass through the brain stem, located at base of the skull, where the neck connects. The brain stem is where the brain ends and the spinal cord begins. It’s like main “circuit breaker” to your body.  Every organ and tissue of your body get’s their “instructions” or signals from your brain through the NERVE connections of the spinal cord and the spinal nerves.

Your Brain and Spinal Cord Branch Off As Spinal Nerves That Transmit The Signals Of Life Throughout Your Body

    But there is something very small that can cause a BIG problem for your nervous system.  The ATLAS VERTEBRA is the name of the first bone of your neck (cervical spine).  It is also known as C1 (Cervical Vertebra #1).  We refer to the Atlas or C1, along with the C2 vertebra (the axis) as the UPPER CERVICAL SPINE.  The Atlas is the foundation of your head and the center of balance of your body. It weighs only 2 ounces, yet it supports your head, which is the weight of a bowling ball!  Those anatomists were clever when they named this all-important bone named after the Greek mythological figure, who held up the earth on his shoulders, weren't they?    

    No big secret there; the anatomy of the atlas bone has been long-known.  However the principles of its effects on the body if this little bone shifts out of normal position, were discovered and researched by Dr. B.J. Palmer (1881-1961) of Davenport, Iowa beginning around the late 1920's.   The ATLAS surrounds and protects the upper spinal cord and  brain stem region.  It sits at the opening of your skull where your brain ends and your body begins.  Experts agree that the ATLAS is actually the most important bone in the entire human body. Yet still, so few doctors actually pay any attention to it… unless it’s gets broken!

    If one builds a house, it’s critical to start with a level foundation to support the framework. So when it comes to your body, your ATLAS must be level to support your heavy head above, and keep the rest of the neck below straight.      If your atlas becomes tilted or rotated away from level, your head shifts away from its vertical position, causing the rest of your neck and even lower spine to become out of balance.

If the ATLAS Vertebra Shifts Out of Normal Position... It Can Cause Total Body Imbalance... and Abnormal Nerve Function!

    What on earth does that mean?

    Your body will be balanced and straight as long as your spinal column is balanced. The most important factor in the spinal column staying straight is having the weight of the head centered over the neck, beginning with the ATLAS bone. In other words…  “Your Head Needs to Be On Straight”

    Funny as that may seem, this is no laughing matter.  Hundreds of millions of people are likely walking around literally without their heads on straight… and they’ve got the pain to prove it!   When the weight of your head is shifted off center due to atlas misalignment, your body below gets out of balance to compensate for the change.  In an effort to keep the head centered over the neck, the rest of the neck, lower spine and pelvis will twist. Many joints of the spine can get locked up, like a rusty hinge, causing pain and tenderness, swelling, muscle tightness and disturbed blood flow.  This body imbalance causes, asymmetrical strain and tension on muscles, joints and nerves from head to toe, making one leg pull up “short.”  This can cause multiple areas of the body to experience pain and dysfunction.  For example, many people who are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, or suffer chronic headaches—even migraines, have a structural imbalance of their neck as the underlying cause.

    The technical term for misaligned vertebrae, which are causing nerve interference, is vertebral subluxation. This understanding of body imbalance is important for preventative health care as well as crisis care for kids and adults. When there is pain, sickness or suffering, it is critical to check for body imbalance first.  Living with body imbalance is sort of like driving a car with an unbalanced frame: if you keep driving it, you’ll cause further wear and tear and damage to other systems of the car. And you’ve got to realize that when your SPINE breaks down…so do YOU!

    When your head is not centered, sitting LEVEL over your atlas vertebra… Your whole body twists off center.

   Your Head Should Sit Level Right Over Your Neck and The Rest of Your Skeletal Frame Below.   This is called Orthogonal Position (meaning at 90-degree angles).  One of the major consequences of body imbalance caused by a misaligned atlas is that joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons are overloaded more on one side, leading to unbalanced wear and tear.  This often leads to spinal disc degeneration… bulging… and herniation. It’s a “domino effect.” When your head and neck are out of balance, the rest of your body is out of balance too!  When patients see their imbalances on their neck x-rays they often say “it’s no wonder I’m in pain. Well you know what?… I’ll bet that YOUR body has been signaling you that there’s a problem for a long, long time. But you’ve just kept on going, and if you’re like most people, you’ve been covering up the real problem with painkillers and other drugs the doctors give you – which leads me to my next point…

Atlas Misalignment Can Interfere With Normal Function of Your Nervous System Throughout Your Entire Body

    Your skull protects your brain, and your spine protects your spinal cord. Your spine provides a free channel where the central nervous system can operate inside.  The nervous system is crucial to providing function to every tissue, organ and system throughout the body. Our brain operates a “telephone exchange” of sorts that transmits millions of messages per second back and forth to every part of the body.  When the ATLAS is out of balance with the head and the rest of the spine, it causes the entire spine and body below to twist and shift.  This causes imbalances to muscles, blood supply and nerve messages which are all vital to the function and regeneration of cells, tissues and organs of the body.  The long-term result of reduced nerve and blood supply and body imbalance is muscle imbalance, organ dysfunction, and degeneration of different areas of the body, causing mild to severe pain in various areas of the body, lowered resistance to illness, organ dysfunction, loss of mobility in limbs, and ultimately disease.  Research done through the University of Colorado at Boulder has proven that pressure on a spinal nerve equal to the weight of a feather falling in your hand, can reduce nerve function up to 50%.

    YOU are NOT Superman!

    Your neck is an area of the body where you can’t afford to have an injury go undetected and uncorrected. Do you remember what happened to actor, Christopher Reeve – you know, the guy who played Superman in the movie? He broke his upper neck in a horseback riding accident.  When Barbara Walters interviewed him on TV, he couldn’t breathe or control his elimination and other functions without the assistance of medical machines. He did survive for many years and beat the odds, despite his condition.   The point here is that Christopher Reeve didn’t injure his lungs or his bowels or bladder—he broke his upper neck.  A broken neck can paralyze or kill you immediately.  A very slightly misaligned neck can SLOWLY cause you pain and dysfunction.

            
    When Your Neck Isn’t Right… Your Body Isn’t Right!

    It only takes the slightest shift of the bone to irritate the nerves. Remember what I told you about a feather’s weight of nerve pressure?  Do you understand what happened to Christopher Reeve?  You don’t have to break your neck to have major problems…Anywhere in your body!!  

    Your body can’t function without a proper supply of oxygen, food or water. As you're "digesting" this information, you're starting to understand that your body degenerates if it is not supplied with proper nerve and blood flow. This is not something to take lightly because it may affect you the rest of your life.  You don’t want that to happen to you, do you?  It’s pretty easy to tell when your body is not getting enough oxygen, water or food, but you may not realize that you’re suffering from a long-term, dangerous reduction of nerve and blood supply…that is until a crisis occurs.

    Symptoms are the Last Thing to Show Up When There’s a Problem in Your Body

    Remember the “Law of Cause and Effect?”  Obviously symptoms are the EFFECTThe “Neck Secret” is the simple fact that the ATLAS vertebra can be the CAUSE for many neck problems and various problems throughout the body… and that there is a an treatment guaranteed to amaze you.

    Fortunately there is an entire science dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of this all-important area of the body.  It is called Atlas Orthogonal.  You now know what the “Atlas” part means.  “Orthogonal” is a math term, meaning “straight” or positioned at 90-degree angles.

    An Orthodontist is a doctor who specializes in getting your teeth straight. 

    An Atlas Orthogonist is a doctor who specializes in getting your Atlas straight with your head and the rest of your neck... to restore your body's ability to transmit healing messages between your brain and body.

    That’s right… there are actually doctors who literally “get your head on straight.” 

 

    But remember; the Atlas Vertebra is "serious business."  As you’re sitting there reading this article, you have begun to understand how critical your ATLAS is to your health and wellbeing.  Clearly the next step is to learn all about the science of Atlas Orthogonal and the Treatment of the Upper Cervical Spine. 

    When Your Neck Isn’t Right… Your Body Isn’t Right!

    It only takes the slightest shift of the bone to irritate the nerves. Remember what I told you about a feather’s weight of nerve pressure?  Do you understand what happened to Christopher Reeve?  You don’t have to break your neck to have major problems…Anywhere in your body!!  

    Your body can’t function without a proper supply of oxygen, food or water. As you're "digesting" this information, you're starting to understand that your body degenerates if it is not supplied with proper nerve and blood flow. This is not something to take lightly because it may affect you the rest of your life.  You don’t want that to happen to you, do you?  It’s pretty easy to tell when your body is not getting enough oxygen, water or food, but you may not realize that you’re suffering from a long-term, dangerous reduction of nerve and blood supply…that is until a crisis occurs.

    Symptoms are the Last Thing to Show Up When There’s a Problem in Your Body

    Remember the “Law of Cause and Effect?”  Obviously symptoms are the EFFECTThe “Neck Secret” is the simple fact that the ATLAS vertebra can be the CAUSE for many neck problems and various problems throughout the body… and that there is a an treatment guaranteed to amaze you.

    Fortunately there is an entire science dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of this all-important area of the body.  It is called Atlas Orthogonal.  You now know what the “Atlas” part means.  “Orthogonal” is a math term, meaning “straight” or positioned at 90-degree angles.

    An Orthodontist is a doctor who specializes in getting your teeth straight. 

    An Atlas Orthogonist is a doctor who specializes in getting your Atlas straight with your head and the rest of your neck... to restore your body's ability to transmit healing messages between your brain and body.

    That’s right… there are actually doctors who literally “get your head on straight.” 

 

    But remember; the Atlas Vertebra is "serious business."  As you’re sitting there reading this article, you have begun to understand how critical your ATLAS is to your health and wellbeing.  Clearly the next step is to learn all about the science of Atlas Orthogonal and the Treatment of the Upper Cervical Spine. 


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