Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic is a system of adjusting subluxations of the cervical spine by means of its uppermost vertebra (C1 AKA the “atlas”). The Atlas Orthogonal Program was developed with specificity in mind. Drs. Roundy and Bucasas use special radiographic views to determine the extent and direction of spinal misalignment. Information from the x-rays determines how the Doctor will adjust the spinal segment.
The actual adjustment is performed with an Atlas Orthogonal Percussion Adjusting Instrument. The instrument works by percussion – a sound wave – and the bone is gently restored to its’ normal position.
In the game of pool (billiards) – if you have two balls sitting side by side and a third ball strikes one of the two, the ball being struck remains still while the one not struck rolls away – this is percussion. Another example of percussion is Newton’s Cradle, which is shown to the right. Newton demonstrated that if you pull one ball back and release it, the balls in the mild stay put, while the ball on the end bounces away . . . the Atlas Orthogonal Percussion Adjusting Instrument works on this same principle.
In the adjusting head of the instrument, there is a solenoid that strikes a stylus. The stylus does not move, but allows for percussion to be transmitted through the tip. The tip is placed over the side of the 1st vertebra and the percussive force moves the vertebra in the desired direction, based on the coordinates set by the doctor.