Functional Short Leg

How AtlasPROfilax® can help with Functional Short Leg

Functional Short Leg

Of cervical origin

Have you noticed if you have the same length on both legs? Do you always have a shorter hem on one leg than the other?

If the answer to these questions is yes, you probably have what is called a "functional short leg". It's not that you have a shorter leg, but you do have a mechanical imbalance in your back and hips that functionally shortens one of your two legs.

Why does this happen? The brain stem functions include the movement of the legs. If there is a slight pressure on the brain stem, this produces an imbalance of muscle tension, side by side with the spine. The tense paravertebral muscles drag the hip upwards making the respective leg seemingly shorter than the other.

Pre- and post-therapy measurements

Many people who have had their Atlas corrected with AtlasPROfilax® report an important change in the previous length difference between both legs. AtlasPROfilax® specialists perform pre- and post-therapy measurements.

Effectiveness, improvements and limitations of AtlasPROfilax® in functional short leg

  • AtlasPROfilax® is 90% effective for the functional short leg and 5% for the real short leg.
  • Leg dysmetry is functional if it is the result of pelvic and/or spinal distortions. The correction of the MID of C1 is highly effective (90%) for this false shortening.
  • For real shortenings, it is necessary to consult a specialist.
  • The Atlasprofilax specialist's assessment is necessary to determine the type of shortening the patient has.

Actual shortening due to congenital malformation (coxa vara, hip luxation, etc.), infantile fracture in the growth zone, infection (psoriatic or septic arthritis, polio, etc.), tumors or accident, may vary in height, are not reversible and are serious limitations for the effectiveness of the C1 MID correction.

Improvement in functional short leg in patients with herniated discs, before and after AtlasPROfilax® applicatio. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Gutiérrez, Bucaramanga, Colombia).


AtlasPROfilax and functional short leg

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.

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…

Related References:

  • Vogel, F. Jr, Short-leg syndrome. Clin Podiatry.581-99. 1984.
  • Rothbart, BA. Relationship of functional leg-length discrepancy to abnormal pronation. J Am Podiatr Med Assoc. 2006.
  • V.V.A.A. Postural adjustment in experimental leg length difference evaluated by means of thermal infrared imaging. Physiolgy Measurements. 2010.
  • Gross, R.H. Leg length discrepancy: how much is too much? Orthopedics.1978.
  • V.V.A.A. True or Apparent Leg Length Discrepancy: Which Is a Better Predictor of Short-term Functional Outcomes After Total Hip Arthroplasty? Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 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).