Bad Posture

How AtlasPROfilax® can help with Bad Posture

Bad posture

Bad posture may be due to bad postural habits during study, in the case of young people, or bad positions of the back, in adults and elderly people.

However, one of the determining factors is the center of gravity of the column. It is a phenomenon of elementary physics. Human beings walk upright. The head is our first structural unit seated on the spinal column. The Atlas is the vertebra on which the skull rests. And it weighs from 4 to 8 kilos. Therefore, the Atlas acts as the key piece in the determination of the center of gravity of the whole spine and of the body in general (shoulder, pelvis, knees and foot support). 


Because of the persistence of mechanical stress in the suboccipital muscles (short muscles of the top of the neck), the body tends to bring the head forward and exaggerate kyphosis. All this because the suboccipital musculature (under the occipital) is of high relevance in the control of posture, thanks to the various upright muscle chains flowing into this area of the body.

A correct position of the Atlas will help the body to send the correct commands to the brain so that it sends back to the muscles and joints the appropriate tension information so that the posture tends to be upright and natural. 

On the other hand, if the Atlas has an incorrect position with respect to its natural anchorage with the head, the rest of the vertebrae will tend to become misaligned, affecting muscles, joints and other tissues.

Atlas and posture

We could compare the Atlas to the steering wheel of a car or the handlebars of a bicycle. If we keep the steering wheel straight, the vehicle will maintain a straight trajectory. If, on the other hand, you twist, turn or deflect the steering wheel or handlebars, the vehicle will deviate from the straight path.

Effectiveness, improvements and limitations of AtlasPROfilax® in bad posture

  • While there are several essential factors involved in maintaining good posture, AtlasPROfilax® has favorable results in 80% of cases.
  • The changes are usually more visible in patients under 60 years of age.
  • 15% of patients with relative improvement are represented by older adults with degenerative disorders. In older adults, AtlasPROfilax® is limited by pathologies such as osteoporosis, untreated deforming scoliosis, osteoarthritis and wear of the spinal discs, etc. These conditions force the patient to adopt an unnatural posture that varies little after receiving the AtlasPROfilax® technique.
  • 5% of patients do not refer any improvement in their posture. This group, normally affected by genetic, congenital, neurological or idiopathic disorders, tends to have some results in the very long term or, failing that, not to have postural changes with AtlasPROfilax®.
  • It is convenient that once AtlasPROfilax® is applied, the patient makes some basic changes in the ergonomics of his home and work to avoid that he relapses into bad posture by carrying out routine and mechanical activities without the necessary care.

Postural disorders such as head anteriorization, exacerbation of dorsal curvature and functional scoliosis are conditions that affect a high percentage of the population and can lead to dorsal pain.  In the short term, they cause annoying muscular contractures, but in the long term, they have disastrous consequences for good joint, vertebral and muscular health.

Muscle overload triggers skeletal muscle pain and asymmetry in the length of muscle fibers on one side of the back, leading to alterations in tissue oxygenation and a vicious cycle of pain. The latter is responsible for the worsening of the already unbalanced posture.

Many dorsalgias have visceral and/or infectious origin. The pulmonary and pleural affections settle homolaterally. Central and interscapular dorsalgias are sometimes due to esophageal, peptic, aortic and biliary conditions. Logically, visceral disorders have to be treated and are an important limitation for the effectiveness of the correction of the MID of C1.

Improve your posture with AtlasPROfilax®.

The correction of the Atlas helps the mechanical and neuromuscular rehabilitation of the posture of the human body. Although there are other essential factors in the maintenance of bad postures, it is very important to eliminate one of the main causes: the misalignment of the Atlas.

In the following examples: we can see postural changes before and after the AtlasPROfilax® treatment: 

Before / After (By courtesy of S. Heel)
Before / After (By courtesy of Dr. Laguna)
Before / After (By courtesy of Dr. Laguna)
Before / After (By courtesy of S. Heel)


AtlasPROfilax and bad posture

Her balance improved months after her AtlasPROfilax treatment

In this short video you will see a huge change in the balance of a patient treated with the AltasPROfilax® method.

Testimonial by opera singer

After the AtlasPROfilax method she says "I feel like a free person. I feel like flying now".

Testimonial about a year after patient's AtlasPROfilax® treatment

After suffering from chronic neck pain for over 65 years, this patient feels so much better after the AtlasPROfilax treatment.

Improvement in low back pain, stiffness in mid-back, stiff neck and other problems

"I am right and centered and I believe my body has a chance to function normally, so I am very very happy I had the treatment done."

Testimonial by a chiropractor treated with the AtlasPROfilax® method

"In bout 20 seconds, he made a profound difference in the mecanics on my neck".

Years of chronic pain gone!

"I'm not in chronic pain. I am so excited and greatful."

Related References:

  • MM, Fuller. Posture: Barometer of health and well-being: close scrutiny of childhood posture habits reveals necessity of early regulation. The Osteopathic Profession Vol. 10, pp. 18-22, 38, 40, 42-45. 1943.
  • V.V.A.A. Contrôle postural et représentations spatiales : De la Neurobiologie à la Clinique. Solal Editeurs. 2008.
  • Chaitow, Leon; DeLany, Judith. Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques, Volume 1: The Upper Body. Churchill Livingstone. 2008.
  • Baron J.B.; Bessineton J.C.; Bizzo G.; Noto R. Corrélation entre le fonctionnement des systèmes sensori-motrices labyrinthique et oculomoteur, ajustant les déplacements du centre de gravité du corps de l'homme en orthostatisme. Agressologie, 14, pp. 79-86. Tivanian G. & Pacifici M. 1973.


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).