How AtlasPROfilax® can help with Torticollis


Of cervical origin

This anomaly of the head position is usually due to spasms of the sternocleidomastoid muscles, but in 18% of cases it may be the result of a misalignment of the upper cervicals, which irritates the brain stem (control center) and modifies the tone of muscles such as the sternocleidomastoid and the angular muscles of the shoulder blade.

Torticollis as a disorder of the muscular tone of the sternocleidomastoid manifests itself with more or less intense pain both at rest and in flexion, extension and rotation of the head. The elongation of the suboccipital musculature allows in many cases to encourage symmetry of both sternocleidomastoids muscles.

Effectiveness, improvements and limitations of AtlasPROfilax® in Torticollis

  • After AtlasPROfilax®, 80% of patients show a very significant improvement in head and neck mobility as well as sternocleidomastoid muscle tone.

  • In cases of congenital torticollis and frigid torticollis, the application of AtlasPROfilax® in conjunction with rehabilitation therapies has led to surprising improvements.

  • In patients suffering from severe neurodistrophy or cerebral palsy, they show a decrease in spasticity and an improvement in the position and mobility of the head.

Congenital torticollis, wry neck, psychogenic spasmodic torticollis and plagiocephaly torticollis are entities that are not related to C1's DIM. However, correction of the Atlas Minor Intervertebral Disorder can help to properly tone the ECOM, although results vary according to aetiology and can be very low, medium, or favorable.


AtlasPROfilax and Torticollis

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Related References:

  • Morgenstern, Arno. "Messung der Beweglichkeit der Halswirbelsäule vor und nach de Korrektur des Atlas mit der Methode AtlasPROfilax® n. René-C. Schümperli anhand der neutral Null Methode" (en la revista médica alemana "Akupunktur", 2010.
  • Plastaras, Christopher; Schran, Seth; Kim, Natasha; Darr, Deborah; Chen, Mary Susan. Manipulative Therapy (Feldenkrais, Massage, Chiropractic Manipulation) for Neck Pain. Current Rheumatology Reports. 2013.
  • Prescott, WS. Rehabilitation and the neck. Osteopathic Annals. VOl. 4, pp. 19-23. 1976.
  • Woods, JM. The levator scapulae complex in the treatment of acute torticollis. The Osteopathic Profession V. 24, pp. 26-27. 1956.
  • The Effects of Thoracic Manipulation Versus Mobilization for Chronic Neck Pain: a Randomized Controlled Trial Pilot Study. Journal of Physical Therapy Science. Vol. 25. 2013.
  • Is congenital torticollis simply an obstetrical torticollis? [FR]  Concours Medical v. 86, pp. 4867-4870. 1964.
  • Carreiro, Jane E. Characteristics of Pediatric Patients Seen in Medical School–Based Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clinics JAQA. American Osteopathic Association. 2010.


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).