Spine changes due to mouth breathing

How AtlasPROfilax® can help with spine changes due to mouth breathing

Spine changes due to mouth breathing

Of cervical origin

Eating and concentration disorders, poor jaw-dental development and bad posture are some of the consequences of mouth breathing (obstruction of the nose or pharynx due to inflammations, allergies, etc.). The upper cervical spine, the temporomandibular joint, the sternocleidomastoid and the diaphragm are the main receptors of tension from mouth breathing.

Effectiveness, improvements and limitations of AtlasPROfilax in muscular tension

  • AtlasPROfilax® has a medium effectiveness in problems associated with mouth breathing.
  • Persistent allergies, candidiasis and inflammation of the adenoids tend to greatly limit the effectiveness of the technique.
  • Minor mouth breathers tend to improve by 50-80% after AtlasPROfilax® application.

Mouth breathing often results from adenoid problems, nasal septum, and upper airway obstruction. It can lead to gingival hyperplasia, adenoid facies, retrognathism, uni or bilateral posterior crossbite and dental malpositions. These morphological alterations are a limiting factor for the effectiveness of C1 MID correction.

Mouth breathers usually develop cephalic anteriorization, suboccipital hypertone and jaw dysfunction at the same time. This type of breathing is responsible for pushing the lower jaw, changing the cephalic position, affecting blood vessels and nerves, and transferring excessive tension to the jaw muscles and trigeminal nerve due to poor occlusion.


AtlasPROfilax and spine changes due to mouth breathing

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Related References:

  • Breathing don’t take it for granted.  Osteopathic Annals Vol. 13. pp. 269-271. 1985.
  • Little KE . Proper posture and breathing essential to optimal oxygenation. JAOA: The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Vol. 84. 1984.
  • Alcantara J; Desilets J; Oman RE. Chiropractic care of a 3-year-old male with sleep disordered breathing syndrome [case report]. Chiropr J Aust. 2011.
  • Penn, Carolyn. Postural relevance in occlusal problems. The Cranial Letter / Cranial Academy Vol. 55. 2002.
  • Chaitow, Leon; Gilbert, Christopher; Bradley, Dinah.Recognizing and Treating Breathing Disorders: A Multidisciplinary Approach.  Churchill Livingstone. 2013.


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).