Jaw Dysfunction

How AtlasPROfilax® can help with Jaw Dysfunction

Jaw Dysfunction

Cervical origin

The anterior neck musculature reacts defensively to the excess tone of the posterior neck musculature. Once the Atlas is misaligned, the suboccipital skeletal muscle is irritated, contracted and drags along the posterior muscle chain. This reduces joint mobility between Axis and the third cervical, affecting the position and closure of the jaw.


Several authors classify bruxism as structural (mechanical) and psychological (Lobezzo et altri; Sousa Barbosaa et al; Alan G. et al.). The minor misalignment of the Atlas is usually one of the primary factors in structural bruxism because it can alter the balance of the upper cervicals and the complex functioning of the masticatory apparatus.

Effectiveness, improvements and limitations of AtlasPROfilax® in jaw dysfunction

  • AtlasPROfilax® has been shown to be medium to highly effective in the improvement of patients with structural bruxism. Months after application of the method, patients report lower facial and cervical tension.
  • Patients treated with AtlasPROfilax® report substantial improvement in reduction of facial pain, morning tension, mouth opening, joint noise and leveling of the midline.
  • The efficacy of AtlasPROfilax® in cases of psychological bruxism is from low to very low. In such cases, interdisciplinary care accompanied by therapy to improve hostility and anxiety is important.

Excess stiffness of the masticatory muscles is fed by inflammation of the suboccipital muscles while tensions are transmitted reciprocally between the upper cervicals and jaw through the hyoid bone and its ligaments. This muscular vicious cycle can result in the appearance or aggravation of structural bruxism.

Some factors contribute to jaw dysfunctions. These include mechanical (intubating a patient in surgery, long-lasting dental procedures, chewing gum, etc.), neurological (epilepsy, Parkinson's, etc.) and psychological (anxiety, phobias, etc.). All of this limits the effectiveness percentage of the correction of the MID of C1.


AtlasPROfilax and jaw dysfunction

Jaw joint pain for about 10 years and neck and shoulder pain for 25 years.

"For me, it made a huge difference. (...) I have not had any migraines since the treatment. I still have a little way to go on the road to complete…

Years of chronic pain gone!

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

Related References:

  • Ricard, François: "Tratado de osteopatía craneal. Análisis y tratamiento ortodóntico" (Ed. Médica Panamericana. Buenos Aires/Madrid 2005).
  • "The Head-neck Sensory Motor System" editado por  A. Berthoz, Werner Graf, Pierre Paul Vidal (Oxford University Press,1992).
  • Phillip Page, Clare C. Frank, Robert Lardner"Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach".
  • Phillip Page, Clare C. Frank, Robert Lardne "Trigger Points and Muscle Chains in Osteopathy" (Human Kinetics, 2010).
  • Margareta Nordin, Victor Hirsch Frankel, editores. "Basic Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System" (Baltimore, EEUU, 2010).
  • Philipp Richter, Eric Hebgen "Triggerpunkte und Muskelfunktionsketten: in der Osteopathie und Manuellen Therapie" (MVS Medizinverlage Stuttgart GmbH Stuttgart, 2007).
  • Chaitow, Leon "Neuromuskuläre Techniken in der Manuelle Medizin und Osteopathie" (Urban Fischer).
  • Rocabado M., Iglarsh Annette "The Musculoskeletal Approach to Maxillofacial Pain" (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1991).
  • Kraus L., Steven "TMJ disorders: management of the craniomandibular complex (Churchill Livingstone, 1988).
  • Liem, Torsten, editor "Morphodynamik in der Osteopathie" (Thieme).
  • Heine, Harmut "Lehrbuch der biologischen Medizin: Grundregulation und Extrazelluläre Matrix".(Hippokrates).
  • Ridder, Paul. Craniomandibuläre Dysfunktion: Interdisziplinäre Diagnose- und Behandlungsstrategien. Urban & Fischer. 2011.


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).