About Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic

The Atlas Orthogonal precision instrument was designed to deliver a precise chiropractic adjustment based on the specific misalignment findings from your x-rays, Technically, the instrument delivers a mechanical impulse through a metal stylus by the mean of a pressure controlled actuator.

The strength of the impulse is determined by the degree of a compression applied to the device controlling the actuator back pressure. This impulse is transmitted to a stylus exiting a compressionnal wave in the stylus material.

The stylus which is interfaced with the patient then applies a portion of the wave to the atlas (1st cervical vertebra) in order to make the appropriate adjustment. The instrument allows the doctor to adjust the atlas misalignment with a very high degree of precision while applying minimal physical pressure. This unique feature eliminates most patient discomfort during treatment.

The tiny two ounce atlas bone supports the base of your skull which weighs from 9-17 pounds.

“While other professions are concerned with changing the environment to suit the weakened body, chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment."
- BJ Palmer

Your Questions Answered

Q & A on Atlas Orthogonal

What is the procedure and treatment in general?

Atlas Orthogonal (AO) is a technically advanced, scientific procedure that uses a light force instrument to adjust the Atlas bone.

Where is the Atlas bone and what is it’s function in your body?

The Atlas is the first cervical vertebrae (C1). It is a transitional segment between the skull and the spine. This 2 ounce bone supports the base of the skull which weighs 9-17 pounds and encircles the area of the brainstem and spinal cord. It also protects two arteries (the vertebral arteries) that transport blood and oxygen to a good portion of your brain. The Atlas bone supports the weight of the head most efficiently in the orthogonal position. If the skull is not properly balanced on your neck, or not aligned properly, there can be shifting of your spine and inhibit your body’s ability to achieve optimal health.

Does the procedure hurt?

No! This is a very gentle and specific correction. Patients often comment (initially) that nothing happened. However, within a short period of time report a sensation of relief and well being. An Atlas adjustment is paramount to the relationship to your spine health and nerve communication with the rest of the body. Patients often rest for 15-20 minutes after the adjustment.

Sports concussions are a hot topic today, can Atlas Orthogonal help?

Pro athletes are now using the Atlas Orthogonal Instrument for post concussion trauma and it’s symptoms, like headaches. Preventative Atlas Orthogonal treatment may reduce the traumatic effects of concussion. Former All-Pro quarterback Jim McMahon’s story was pro led on ESPN’s 30 on 30. He has greatly benefited from Atlas Orthogonal treatment after a career filled with numerous head trauma. Dr. Golembiewski is board certified in AO and one of a few doctors in the tri-state area in this chiropractic specialty. He also is a former collegiate athlete and has over 30 years experience in the practice of chiropractic and sports related injuries for various professional athletes and local high schools.

Who can benefit from Atlas Orthogonal (AO) chiropractic?

ANYONE whose Atlas is not properly aligned...newborn to seniors! We have seen positive results with such conditions as:

Migraine & Headaches, Herniated Discs, Athletic Injuries, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Bed Wetting, Concussions, Scoliosis, Asthma, Neck & Back pain, Auto Accidents/ Whiplash, Equestrian Injuries, Seizures, Leg & Arm Numbness, Sinus Problems, Allergies, Dizziness, Arthritis, Sciatica, Chronic Pain or Stress, and even Birth Trauma.

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Opening Hours

Monday: 10 am-1 pm / 3 pm-7 pm

Tuesday: 3 pm-6 pm

Wednesday: 10 am-1 pm / 3 pm-7 pm

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 10 am-1 pm / 3 pm- 7 pm

Saturday: 10 am to 1 pm

Sunday: Closed