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.
My interest in non-surgical spinal decompression came about due to a personal crisis with my own spine (2-lumbar disc herniations/extrusions). After seeing how incredibly effective this treatment was, I purchased my own state-of-the-art spinal decompression table, of which there are only a handful of in the state of Washington.
An increasing number of research studies show massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment). Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from exercise or injury.
Laser Therapy is nothing more than shining a high intensity light into the area of interest, it’s just that this “light” is very intense, “monochromatic” (one wavelength), coherent (all the photons are in phase and synchronized) and is applied with a very specific dose in mind. It is painless, non-toxic, non-invasive, without drugs and very safe if applied by a trained practitioner.
Many factors are taken into consideration when determining the need for custom orthotics. Aside from the patient’s history, Drs. Roundy and Bucasas assess the wear patterns present on well-worn shoes and the feet are inspected for signs of dysfunction, such as restricted joint motion, caluses, bunions, etc. If there are indictions for foot/ankle dysfunction, then a computerized gait scan will be performed to assess the movement patterns of the foot while in motion; essentially the patient will walk across a digital pressure plate and the computer will measure how the foot moves during a normal stride. 300 times per second, the center-of-gravity of each foot will be assessed for movement patterns and force loads at specific anatomical landmarks . . . truly state-of-the-art!