Functional deviation of the spine

How AtlasPROfilax® can help with Functional Deviation of the Spine

Functional deviation of the spine

Shortening of the suboccipital musculature (under the occipital) triggers variations in the oxygen supply to the muscles, "trigger points" (knots) and restriction of some muscles in the back chain. The involvement of the hip extensors favours the posterior tilt of the pelvis and the difference in leg length, favouring the functional deviation of the spine.

What does the deviation of the spine affects?

This deviation of the spine affects the rib cage and often tilts the pelvis, altering the position of the knees and step. In addition, muscles retracted and contracted on more than one side and more lax muscles on the other side often cause pain in most cases.

Many of those affected by the functional deviation of the spine report problems to breathe or fill the lungs completely with air, have limitations in the turns of the trunk and discomfort in the performance of certain exercises or activities. 

Effectiveness, improvements and limitations of AtlasPROfilax in functional deviation of the spine

  • The AtlasPROfilax® technique has proven to be highly effective (80%) in improving the functional deviation of the spine. This applies especially for functional deviations of less than 45 degrees.
  • AtlasPROfilax® has a high or very high effectiveness in stopping or reversing the functional deviation of the spine. In addition to improving the deviation curve in many cases, the associated pain also tends to improve in a very high percentage (80%) of cases.
  • Functional deviations greater than 45 degrees tend to improve after the application of AtlasPROfilax® but the time for improvement and the levels of reduction of the deviated lateral curves vary from one person to another. In these cases, the complete reversal of the functional deviation is not always achieved.
  • Lateral deviations of the spine due to metabolic, bone, neurological or degenerative (myopathic) disorders are a clear limitation for the AtlasPROfilax® technique and therefore the improvement rates are low.

Not all spine deviations are functional. Congenital, genetic, neuromuscular and bone metabolic spinal deformities (cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal tumors, spina bifida, muscular atrophy, multiple sclerosis, among others) constitute an important limiting factor for the effectiveness rate of C1 MID correction.

Generally speaking, the functional deviation of the spine can be caused by an inflammatory condition or an antialgic posture (to avoid pain), or by postural and compensatory disorders. In order to improve the functional lateral deviation of the spine, it is necessary to correct the difference in leg length, which is largely responsible for muscular imbalance.


AtlasPROfilax and functional deviation of the spine

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.

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  • Busquet, Léopold. Las cadenas musculares: Lordosis, cifosis, escoliosis y deformaciones torácicas. Tomo 2. Editorial Paidotribo, 1994.
  • Souchard, Philippe; Ollier, Marc. Les scolioses: traitement kinésithérapique et orthopédique. Elsevier Masson, 2002.
  • Tomaschewski, R.: Die funktionelle Behandlung der beginnen- den idiopathischen Skoliose. Tesis doctoral. Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad de Martin-Luther. Wittenberg, Alemania. 1987.
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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).