Superficial breathing

How AtlasPROfilax® can help with Superficial breathing

Superficial breathing

Of cervical origin

As a result of the alteration of the centre of gravity of the skull, important structures such as the sternocleidomastoid and scalenes, muscles that are accessories to breathing in the inspiration phase, tend to compress. The shortening that scalenes usually undergo is manifested by shallow breathing, tingling and numbness in the hands and fingers.

Effectiveness, improvements and limitations of AtlasPROfilax® in superficial breathing

  • AtlasPROfilax® has a 70% positive impact on posture and its relationship to breathing depth.
  • The anteriorization of the head is largely responsible for the reduction in respiratory efficiency as a result of the rotation of the shoulder blades and the shortening of muscles such as the trapezium and pectorals. This plus the presence of trigger points in the thorax region seems to generate disturbances in respiratory capacity.
  • 80% of patients report that after the application of AtlasPROfilax®, they feel less tension and difficulty in breathing diaphragmatically.
  • In patients with pulmonary (asthma, bronchitis, COPD, etc.) or cardiovascular (heart failure, etc.) pathology, the AtlasPROfilax® technique has serious limitations.
  • In people suffering from Fibromyalgia and Painful Myofascial Syndrome, the correction of the Atlas DIM can contribute to a notable improvement in breathing and cost-chondralgia.
  • In anxiety, panic attacks, bipolar disorder, smoking, among others, the Atlas correction does not have a really important incidence.

Some health conditions occur with shallow breathing. These include asthma, COPD, pneumonia, heart failure, heat suffocation, silicosis, pericarditis, bronchiolitis and edema. All of these constitute an important limitation for the improvement of shallow breathing to be visible through the correction of the MID of C1.


AtlasPROfilax and Superficial breathing

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Related References:

  • Gert Bronfort, DC; PhDa Roni L. Evans, DC Paul Kubic, MD PhDb Patty Filkinb. Chronic pediatric asthma and chiropractic spinal manipulation: A prospective clinical series and randomized clinical pilot study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Volume 24, Issue 6 , Pages 369-377, July 2001.
  • Ricard. Tratado de osteopata visceral y medicina interna / Treaty of visceral osteopathy and internal medicine. Editorial Médica Panamericana. 2008.
  • Bayliss, John Richard . Advanced Osteopathic Technique - PPT Manipulation and Synergetic Bio-mechanics. John Bayliss; Osteopathy edition. Feb.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).