Anomalies in the spinal discs

How AtlasPROfilax® can help with anomalies in the spinal discs

Anomalies in the spinal discs

Of myofascial origin

Suboccipital shortening retracts some muscles (pelvic tilt and knee flexors) and fascias (muscle envelopes), thereby decreasing the buffering capacity of the intervertebral discs (between vertebrae). This sustained mechanical stress is co-responsible for the loss of elasticity and the development of anomalies in the discs of the spine.

The spinal discs or intervertebral discs are semi-gelatinous structures (relatively viscous) that act as cushioning and separation between two vertebrae as well as supporting weight and pressure. They are flexible and adapt to the movements that the spine can make.

The upper cervical segment (C0-C1-C2) is different because there is no intervertebral disc between the Atlas (C1) and the Axis (C2). While C1 and C2 give way to the vertebral arteries, their vertebral canal is wider. Between each vertebra, from C2-C3 to L5-S1, there is an intervertebral disc that acts as a joint.

When the capacity of the discs is exceeded, dehydration, early wear (discarthrosis), discopathies and herniated discs occur. Intellectual overexertion, long sitting positions and hours of work on the computer, book or mobile phone are also an important cause of overloading the cervical spine discs.

Repetitive trauma, impacts, lack of ergonomics, sedentary life, low water intake, overweight, overloading the back or the arms, prolonged sitting position and poor posture hygiene trigger discopathies, discarthrosis and disc hernias at the dorsal and lumbar levels.

The L5-S1 disc is the one that has the greatest tendency to herniation because it is a disc in the transitional zone between the lumbar and sacrum, so its orientation is oblique and it is most exposed to prolonged asymmetric loads. The anteriorization of the head that accompanies the Minor Misalignment of the Atlas, increases the overload to this disc.

The Minor Misalignment of the Atlas results in changes in the posture and curves of the spine as well as unwanted shortening in several muscle groups (both anterior and posterior chain). This has a negative effect on the cervical and lumbar discs, especially by reducing the percentage of flexibility and adaptation of these structures.

Effectiveness, improvements and limitations of AtlasPROfilax in anomalies in the spinal discs

  • AtlasPROfilax® is highly effective - between 80 and 85% - in improving the pain and sensory-motor disorders associated with herniated discs, especially when it comes to lumbar hernias.
  • Although it is clear that there is a rate of spontaneous resorption of herniated discs (6% in protrusions, 26% in central hernias and 60% in migratory hernias) due to possible phagocytosis, posterior retraction of the fibrous ring or due to probable fragmentation of the herniated material or dehydration of the expanded nucleus pulposus, it would not make sense to think that after the application of AtlasPROfilax®, all herniated disc resorption would be spontaneous when it is a very high percentage of total cases (improvement in extrusion, protrusion and bulging in 80% of lumbar hernias and 65% of cervical hernias).
  • Discs in the lumbar region tend to have a faster and more effective response to the correction of the Minor Misalignment of the Atlas.
  • Not all intervertebral disc disorders respond well to AtlasPROfilax®. The level of response depends on the level of degeneration of the discs as well as the conjugation with other pathological states of the spine (listesis, arthrosis, stenosis, sclerosis, vertebral crushing, fracture, etc.).

Overweight, poor nutrition, bad posture, sedentary life, smoking, work in prolonged positions (dentists, bacteriologists, surgeons, office workers), work with excessive trauma, weight, and vibration (workers, drivers, ranchers, farmers), etc. predispose to disc anomalies. This reduces the effectiveness of the correction of the MID of C1.


AtlasPROfilax and anomalies in the spinal discs

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Related References:

  • Nicolas J. Snelling. Spinal manipulation in patients with disc herniation: A critical review of risk and benefit. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine Vol. 9, Núm. 3, pp.77-84. 2006.
  • Kraemer, Jürgen. Intervertebral Disk Diseases. Thieme. 2008.
  • Makofsky, Howard W. PT DHSc OCS. Spinal Manual Therapy: An Introduction to Soft Tissue Mobilization, Spinal Manipulation, Therapeutic and Home Exercises. Slack Incorporated. 2009.
  • Berlit, Peter; Grams, Astrid. Bildgebende Diagnostik in der Neurologie und Neurochirurgie: Interdisziplinäre methodenorientierte Fallvorstellung. Thieme, Stuttgart. 2010.


Please read our disclaimer

It is not our intention that readers of this website assume that the Minor Intervertebral Derangement of the Atlas is the only cause of the health problems listed earlier in this section.  Pain is usually a warning sign that there is an actual or potential tissue damage, so it is necessary to see a specialist to determine its possible causes.

E.g. headaches or local pain can have many causes and can also be a sign of an ongoing disease. Even apparent benign muscle pain can indicate a metabolic, immune, vascular or joint condition. Therefore, if you have any of these health problems, please contact your doctor and follow the proper treatment. Remember to manage your health quickly.

AtlasPROfilax® is a kinesiological method that supports allopathic and natural medicine as well as orthopedic dentistry. In no case does it interfere with or replace medical and/or dental treatments or medicines. The only purpose is to correct the MID of the Atlas to improve the quality of life of the patient and turn their body into a more fertile ground for any subsequent treatment and therapy.

The same way that a large number of patients react quite well to complementary medicine specialties (homeopathy, neural therapy, acupuncture, naturopathy, aromatherapy, nutraceuticals, osteopathy, chiropractic, massages, energy therapies, etc.), there is always a population that, due to a lack of receptivity to these techniques or due to the condition of their own health, does not have the expected results.

Likewise, as Chilean biologists Maturana and Varela state, "Living beings are networks of molecular productions where the produced molecules generate their interactions in the same network that produces them". This principle of autopoiesis, which deals with self-production and self-regulation, explains why some patients evolve favorably with a therapy while others don't.

All the above is to point out that the atlas MID correction has been shown to be highly effective in reducing benign chronic myofascial pain, in some functional alterations of posture as well as in the rearrangement of the Tonic Postural System. However, as in any specialty of complementary medicine, the results are proportional to the patient's autopoiesis.

There are several probable etiologies for the development of problems and pain in the body, from endogenous (genetic, congenital, autoimmune, etc.), exogenous (allergic, iatrogenic, pathogenic, etc.), environmental (mechanical and postural, ergonomic, professional, etc.) and multifactorial (neoplastic, idiopathic, psychosomatic, etc.) alterations.

The misalignment of the Atlas had not been taken into account up until the development of Osteopathy in 1874 by A. Taylor Still, M.D. and the birth of Chiropractic in 1895 by D. D. Palmer. The concept of Minor Intervertebral Desarrangement was included in 1969 by R. Maigne, M.D. The MID of the Atlas, studied in depth for 20 years by Dr. R.-C. Schümperli, E.M., was published in 1993.

The MID of C1 is one of the factors that triggers myofascial pain, but it is not the only one. Minor Intervertebral Derangement of any area of the spine may be painfully projected into certain muscles and ligaments. This to point out that the MID of C1 is not a justification for all myofascial pain, although the correction of this MID helps to reverse MIDs from other areas.

The correction of the MID of C1 has been highly favorable for the following cases:

  • Fascial hysteresis (plastic deformation of fascial tissues that prevents the correct length of muscles).
  • A wide range of pains (headache, cervical pain, arm pain, upper back pain, low back pain, pain in the sacrum, pain in the coccyx, hip pain, knee pain and heel pain).
  • Chronic pain that is neither malignant nor metabolic nor autoimmune (muscular, periarticular and paravertebral pains).
  • Propensity to muscle and joint rigidity of a non-malignant nature (that is not the product of metabolic, genetic and/or congenital disorders).
  • Postural abnormalities (Not of neuropathic, myopathic and/or osteopathic origin, or due to congenital or genetic syndromes).
  • Chronic contractions (not related to degenerative conditions of the spine and joints).
  • Trigger points (Mainly affecting the head, neck and upper extremities).
  • Some stress syndromes (that have not had a good therapeutic response to conventional techniques).
  • Poor execution of simple tasks and activities (Progressive decrease in strength and mobility, which has no neuropathic or genetic origin).
  • Post-cervical whiplash syndromes (mood and sleep disorders, galloping pain and stiffness, all after an accident).
  • Sedentary pain (In patients who have a upper crossed syndrome aggravated by their work and posture).