Lower back pain

How AtlasPROfilax® can help with Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain of cervical origin-TJM

The anteriorization of the head is one of the most important signs of the Minor Derangement of the Atlas, and brings with it a postural change of the lower cervical and dorsal vertebrae. In the long term, this can lead to shortening of the spinal erectors and increase lumbar lordosis with the consequent onset of lumbar pain.

The risk of experiencing lumbar pain is increased x3 for each centimeter of head anteriorization. This involves a change in tone and elasticity in the posterior muscle chains which, together with the dysfunction of the mandible, is a trigger for lumbar pain of myofascial origin (muscular and fascial). (Mario Racabado, PT).


Many people who report severe lumbar pain also complain of more or less severe discomfort in the middle back and neck. This is an indication that the cause of lower back pain can most likely be found in the cervical area and, more specifically, in the Atlas.

AtlasPROfilax® provides, through the rearrangement of the Atlas bone, an improvement in posture and a significant liberation of the cervical musculature. This phenomenon usually has a positive impact on the balance of the lower back. Like a house of cards, the perfect balance between all parts or cards is the one that provides stability to the entire structure. If a card or one of the parts of the castle comes under excessive pressure, the entire castle may fall. The spine has a similar balance (myofascial tensegrity). 

Effectiveness, improvements and limitations of AtlasPROfilax® in lower back pain

  • AtlasPROfilax® has a high effectiveness - around 80% - on pain, lumbar traction, shortening and stiffness.
  • Atlas correction has no incidence on visceral, inflammatory, infectious or malignant disorders that lead to low back pain.
  • The effectiveness in low back pain varies depending on the presence of anomalies in the discs, that is, in the presence of hernias, discopathies and bulges, the improvement is given by the chronicity, the number of discs involved and the level of degeneration of the disc.
  • Degenerative diseases such as discarthrosis are a strong limiting factor for achieving important results with the application of AtlasPROfilax®.
  • Low back pain due to obesity and especially morbid obesity or abdominal obesity, has a low response to the Atlas correction.

Some low back pain has a visceral origin such as retroperitoneal conditions (nephrolithiasis, nephroma, etc.), lymphoma, problems of the abdominal aorta, adrenal diseases and breast cancer metastasis. Stenosis, spondylolisthesis and lumbar discarthrosis also cause low back pain. This reduces the effectiveness of C1 MID correction.


AtlasPROfilax and lower back pain

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."

Related References:

  • Janda, Vladimir. Manuelle Muskelfunktionsdiagnostik. Urban & Fischer. 2000.
  • Chaitow, Leon. Fascial Dysfunction: Manual Therapy Approaches. Handspring Publishing Limited.2014.
  • Schwind, Peter. Faszien- und Membrantechnik: Handbuch für die Praxis. Urban & Fischer. Elsevier. 2009.
  • Jones, Lawrence H. Strain-Counterstrain: Osteopathische Behandlung der Tenderpoints. Urban & Fischer Verlag/Elsevier. 2005.
  • Rocabado, Mariano;  Iglarsh, Annette Z.: The Musculoskeletal Approach to Maxillofacial Pain. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 1990.
  • Ferreira ML; Ferreira PH; Latimer J; Herbert RD; Hodges PW; Jennings MD; et al.: Comparison of general exercise, motor control exercise and spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low back pain: A randomized trial. Pain 2007.
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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).