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The Atlas-Axis Adjustment

A brief and concise explanation of the question asked by most persons not familiar with Chiropractic.

turnspine.gif (61841 bytes) At the base of the skull (at the back of the neck) we find the top two vertebrae. The top vertebra upon which the head rests is known as the atlas vertebra. Just below the atlas we have the axis vertebra. The spinal cord (containing all the nerves) comes out of the head just above these two vertebrae and is directed into and through the atlas and axis.

In order to understand this in an easy way we must remember that the spinal cord at this level contains all the nerves. The next important factor to remember is that as the spinal cord goes on down the back it "gives off" nerve branches to the different levels of the body. By the time it reaches the lower vertebrae of the back it contains only the nerve fibers for the lower levels of the body and lower limbs. This explains why the top two vertebrae, (containing all the nerves) can cause trouble anywhere in the body if they are subluxated or misaligned in such a way as to impinge the nerve fibers at the atlas-axis level. This is a highly possible finding, as research has discovered the fact that the atlas, the axis or the two combined can assume more than

100 mal-positions which can and do interfere with nerve transmission to any part of the body and as a result produce dis-ease and illness.

As you can see, the atlas-axis subluxation can play a decided role in your overall health.



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