Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

How AtlasPROfilax® can help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Of myofascial origin

Some intestinal nerve disorders are related to high levels of substance P (a neurotransmitter related to pain and stress). Chronic suboccipital hypertone and deformation of the fascias (muscle envelopes), due to lesser misalignment of the cervicals, increase rates of substance P, which can irritate the nerves and intestinal mucosa.

The relationship between organs and back is two-way

There is a direct relationship between digestive disorders and back problems. On many occasions, the predominantly left lumbar pain and the increasingly high persistence of disc herniation in L5-S1 may be a reflection and consequence of an untreated irritable bowel syndrome. Visceral dysfunctions such as this are usually easily manifested in the back.

Nervous relationship with digestive organs

Langley discovered at the beginning of the 20th century that the digestive tract and some related organs have a vast network of neurons with their own autonomy and fine regulation by the central nervous system. It is the enteric nervous system that is part of the autonomic nervous system and is found in the esophagus, stomach, small intestine and colon.

The neurons of the enteric nervous system are collected in two types of nodes called nerve plexuses. In order to control and regulate these plexuses, they have communication with the sympathetic nervous system (which is born in the dorsal and lumbar spine) and the parasympathetic nervous system (which is born in the brain stem and of which the vagus nerve is also a part).

Sympathetic nervous level communication:

The spinal cord that continues with the brain through the spinal bulb and at the level of the cranial hole (foramen magnum), branches and gives rise to 31 pairs of spinal nerves. The pairs that go from vertebrae T5 to L2 carry the fibers of the sympathetic nervous system to the entire digestive system, after meeting with specific ganglia (celiac and mesenteric).

Parasympathetic nervous level communication:

It is the vagus nerve (cranial nerve X) that carries fibers from the parasympathetic nervous system to the proximities of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas and half of the large intestine. And it is the sacral plexus that carries the parasympathetic fibers to the descending colon, sigmoid colon, rectum and anus. All these actions are mediated to stimulate intestinal secretion and motility.

Effectiveness, improvements and limitations of AtlasPROfilax® in irritable bowel syndrome

  • In 80% of cases, correction of the Atlas MID is of great help to those with bowel conditions. This is manifested by reduced pain, diarrhoea or constipation, accompanying low back pain and irritability.
  • AtlasPROfilax® reduces interferences at the level of the brain stem and other nerves in the spinal segments involved in communication with the digestive organs. This explains why intestinal functions are improved.
  • Intestinal disorders associated with infection, candidiasis, parasites, nutritional deficits, anxiety, etc. do not have a great impact after the application of AtlasPROfilax®. For all of them, a comprehensive treatment is necessary.

Intestinal problems of infectious origin, food intolerances to lactose, gluten and others; malabsorption of carbohydrates, parasitosis, or consequence of anxiety disorders, represent a lesser effectiveness than the correction of the Minor Misalignment of the Atlas, taking into account that NOT everything derives from the Atlas.


AtlasPROfilax and IBS

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  • Murray, Michael T. Chronic Candidiasis: Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise, and Other Natural Methods. Harmony. 1997.
  • The immediate effects of sigmoid colon manipulation on pressure pain thresholds in the lumbar spine. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. Vol. 16, Ed. 4 , pp. 416-423. 2012.
  • Gonkowski, Slawomir . Substance P as a neuronal factor in the enteric nervous system of the porcine descending colon in physiological conditions and during selected pathogenic processes. BioFactors.Vol. 39, Ed. 5, pp. 542–551. 2013.
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  • Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) enchances cholinergic contraction of longitudinal muscle of rabbit intestine via activation of phospholipase. American Journal of Physiology. 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).