By Thomas D. Groover, BS, BSCI, MA, DC
A 70 year old man called my office inquiring about the upper cervical corrective procedure I use for eliminating the mechanical stress occurring at the junction between the upper neck and the head. This area involving the base of your head, the first bone of your neck (C1 or Atlas vertebra), and the second bone in your neck (C2 or Axis vertebra), is a neurological hotbed involving your brainstem and spinal cord.
Your brainstem is a critically important part of your brain, because, from an evolutionary perspective, it is your reptilian brain. This part of your brain contains all original neurology necessary for survival, including the origin of nerves controlling your smell, sight, sensation to your face, mastication, taste, facial expression, salivation, hearing, balance, proprioception (knowing where you are in space), swallowing, speech, thoracic and abdominal organ function, head, neck and shoulder movement, sleep, blood pressure, muscle tone throughout your body, and postural relationship to gravity.
This highly intelligent caller had heard of a simple procedure, Atlas Profilax, used to correct the misalignment of the upper cervical spine. Since I am a highly trained specialist in the diagnosis and correction of upper cervical spinal misalignment, he wanted to know my opinion of it. During our discussion, I told him how previously, while surfing the internet for images depicting sacred geometry, I had stumbled upon some mysterious information about Atlas Profilax.
Atlas Profilax was touted by a group of people who believed humans beings were originally slaves placed on earth and colonized by aliens to mine gold. The aliens needed this gold to replenish their atmosphere. To keep the humans under control, the aliens installed limiters or regulators into the human physiology. By intentionally miss-aligning the human’s upper cervical spine the aliens were more able to control them. The website claimed these limiters were inherited generation after generation unless they were removed. It recommended Atlas Profilax for removing the upper cervical misalignment limiter. Atlas Profilax proponents claim, with significant emphasis, that Atlas Profilax is not a chiropractic adjustment.
The website contained reports about the upper cervical spine and Atlas Profilax benefits. People were saying how, once the procedure was performed, the upper cervical alignment would be maintained for life. The website also contained information about humans who had inherited DNA from the reptilian beings who live beneath the earth’s crust. I explained what I had found on the internet to the man, and he told me he had read the same.
At this point in our conversation I had to restrain myself from declaring hyperbole and panacea. I remembered when a new patient of mine had returned from California. She described how a man had performed an “Atlas” correction on her which was he told her would last for life. After I evaluated the patient through detailed case history, physical examination and upper cervical biomechanical X-ray examination and analysis, I diagnosed her with severe upper cervical spinal misalignment. My diagnosis conflicted with what her previous Atlas Profilax “lifelong Atlas adjustment” practitioner had told her about the permanent duration of her Atlas Profiilax adjustment. This conflict caused confusion in the patient’s thoughts and emotions throughout the time she was under my care, which I believe was the source of less than her optimal treatment outcome and satisfaction.
The only other fact-to-face encounter I had had with Atlas Profilax occurred sometime before working with this patient, I had also taken care of a man with severe anterior head carriage, who would not perform the corrective exercises and stretches I prescribed for his condition. His anterior head carriage never improved. The stress from the forward position of his head interfered with the staying power of my upper cervical spinal correction, so he and I parted ways. Sometime later I head a story about him traveling to California for a “lifetime Atlas adjustment.
More recently a woman from one of my social media sites shared her experience receiving the Atlas Profilax “lifetime Atlas adjustment” with me. She was in the process of having her “lifetime Atlas adjustment” touched up. I asked her to tell me what she knew about the Atlas Profilax diagnostic and treatment procedures, and the benefits it offers. She had previously been involved in a motor vehicle accident and said the procedure helped her neck pain.
Returning to my telephone call with the 70 year old man inquiring about upper cervical corrective procedures, I told him about my limited encounters with the Atlas Profilax “lifelong Atlas adjustment,” and spoke with him about the complex nature of the upper cervical spine. I told him about the extensive, objective diagnostic and treatment procedures I use for realigning and verifying the alignment of the extremely challenging upper cervical misalignment. He was interested to know that there are numerous permutations for how the upper cervical spine miss-aligns: trauma to your upper cervical spine causes sprain/strain injuries that usually force your head to rotate upon the Atlas (C1) vertebra on top of your neck causing you to have persistent right or left involuntary head tilt. Upper cervical spinal trauma will also cause your Atlas (C1) vertebra to be jammed off the center of your neck, shoving your Atlas to the right or the left of its normal, neutral position. The same upper cervical spinal trauma will usually cause clockwise or counter-clockwise Atlas rotational injury that fixes the Atlas vertebra in an abnormally rotated position. Then, the C2 (second vertebra from the top of your neck) tends to be jammed into permanent right or left rotation and frequently the direction of the C2 rotation is opposite to the Atlas (C1 rotation). Upper cervical trauma usually forces the lower neck into a fixed side bent position with accompanying global right or left lower neck vertebra rotation or lower neck vertebral rotations that occur in opposite directions through out the cervical spine. I told the caller that there are so many types of upper cervical spine misalignments, each requiring a specific type of approach for correcting them.
The caller listened to me describe how the upper cervical spinal misalignment causes postural distortion, and how I initially screen my patients for this misalignment by measuring their posture. I explained to him how I take my posture measurement for diagnosing the upper cervical spinal misalignments using an Anatometer instrument. I told the man that the Anatometer measures in degrees how much the pelvis tilts right or left away from horizontal and the number of degrees the center of the pelvis and the center of the upper back, each are deviated right or left from the person’s true center of gravity. I explained how the Anatometer also measures differences between the right and left side standing body weight.
I also explained to the man how the postural distortions occurring from misalignment of the upper cervical spine causes leg length inequality, and described the specific leg length examination I use for diagnosis upper cervical misalignments. I then explained how my upper cervical corrective procedure requires precisely aligned X-ray equipment, specific, biomechanical, three dimensional upper cervical X-rays (which demand precise patient placement), and three dimensional X-ray analysis. We spoke about the intense accuracy required for performance of these X-rays and for the X-ray analysis. I described how successful performance of these evaluations is needed, not only for diagnosing upper cervical misalignments, but also for determining the precise application of the unique, controlled, directed force required for the correcting each of the individual upper cervical spinal misalignments.
I described the difficult means I use for producing and delivering the upper cervical corrective force by positioning my body in proper orientation to the patient’s upper cervical spine determined according to X-ray analysis calculations. I described the skill required in using my base of support from the ground up, in the positioning my hands on the patient’s neck along an X-ray analysis determined corrective pathway, and the production of the corrective vector by the locking together of my hands, arms and shoulders as an instrument, and using my triceps to pull my arms back within my shoulder sockets, resulting sideways compression of my chest, the overcoming of upper cervical resistance and the production of the corrective vector. I described how the initial postural distortion measurements are immediately returned to normal and he was interested to hear how the patient’s pelvis would be level, the center of their pelvis and upper back would align with their center of gravity, the difference between the right and left standing body weight would balance, and their leg lengths would be even. I also explained how I took two upper cervical X-rays following the patient’s first upper cervical spinal correction. I told him I used my analysis of these followup X-rays to verify the upper cervical correction or to provide the information required for improving the correction of the patient’s abnormal upper cervical spinal mechanics.
The man was interested to hear about the holding power of my upper cervical correction, and that I require at least 4 follow-up visits per year to insure my patients continue to enjoy the benefits they receive from their corrective care. I told him my average patient holds their upper cervical spinal alignment for months and years, but not usually for life.
The man considered everything I told him about the time involved in performance of my detailed diagnostic and corrective procedures. He was interested in the details of these procedures and the expertise involved in my upper cervical corrective procedures. He weight this information with the fast, inexpensive, and “lifelong” promise for the Atlas Profilax adjustment, and said he would like to try the “lifelong” Atlas Profilax procedure first and I told him that I respected his choice. At that time, I was beginning to think that my two previous patients who had received the “lifetime Atlas Adjustment” had experienced the Atlas Profilax procedure, and I was curious about this procedure and its efficacy.
I asked the man if he would come to my office and allow me to perform an upper cervical spine evaluation both before and after he received the Atlas Profilax procedure. I told him that I would not take X-rays, but would give him the upper cervical Anatometer and leg length examinations. I told him that I would like to investigate this new upper cervical corrective procedure and if Atlas Profilax turned out to be an easier, faster, less expensive upper cervical corrective procedure with greater holding power, I would like to know about it. He liked the idea of our investigation of Atlas Profilax for this purpose and valued having my second opinion.
During the man’s initial upper cervical evaluation, he complained only of body stiffness and concerns about his prostate. I assured him if the Atlas Profilax procedure produced any adverse effects, I would be able to help him quickly resolve them.
I measured his posture using my Anatometer instrument. The man’s pelvis was tilted so his right hip was 7 degrees inferior. The center of his pelvis was midline, but his upper back was 3 degrees right of his center of gravity line. The difference between his right and left sides standing body weight taken as a percentage of his total body weight was 1.6%. The patient’s left leg was 3/4 inch physiologically short (apparent leg length inequality from postural distortion coming from upper cervical misalignment).
The man’s posture examination was positive for upper cervical misalignment. A normal posture examination would show zeros for all posture measurements, meaning the man’s pelvis would be level, hips and upper back aligned with his center of gravity, and his leg lengths would be even. The difference between the right and left sides of his body taken as a percentage of his total body weight would be less than 1%.
Further examination of the patients pelvis biomechanics revealed his right ilium (hip bone) had traumatically misaligned in a superior direction. This meant superior translation of the ilium at its articulation with his sacrum (triangular bone at the base of the spine which fits between your two ilia). Therefore, his right sacroiliac joint was hypo-mobile (not moving much), compounding the right side muscular hypertonicity (muscle spasm and tightness) caused by misalignment of his upper cervical spine. His left sacroiliac joint was hypermobile (moving too much).
The man received his Atlas Profilax “lifelong Atlas adjustment” that evening and returned to my office the next day. He had not experienced any new traumas, accidents, injuries, or unusual stress in his life since I had seen him last. He described the person performing the procedure. I identified her as a psychic healer-energy worker who has worked in my town for years. This healer once asked for me to help her start a psychic-energy healing group. She was hoping to heal a jaw fracture where the jaw had been broken and separated into two separate and distinct, disunited pieces and never healed. The jaw had remained this way for many years.
The man described how the procedure lasted about 3 minutes and was painless. He said a vibrating or thumping device was applied to the base of his head. The man said he felt like his neck range of motion had improved somewhat since the procedure.
During the man’s followup evaluation, I noticed the sizable amount of head tilt I had observed the day before was slightly less. His left physiological short leg had reduced somewhat (from 3/4 inch to 1/2 inch). The man’s Anatometer measurements of postural distortion showed his basic abnormal postural pattern remained the same, but the amount of distortion had increased.
Following his Atlas Profilax adjustment, the sideways positioning of the center of the man’s upper back had reduced from 3 degrees right of his center of gravity line to 2 1/2. The center of his pelvis, previously centered upon his mid line and reading zero on the Anatometer instrument, had significantly shifted to 2 1/4 degrees right of his center of gravity line. The tilting of his pelvis had notably increased. His right hip, previously 7 degrees, was now 8 1/4 degrees inferior. The difference between his right and left sides standing body weight taken as a percentage of his total body weight had negatively increased from 1.6% to 5.5%. The man’s Anatometer examination was worse than it was before Atlas Profilax.
The man’s upper cervical spine examination was still positive for upper cervical spinal misalignment. His increased postural distortion implied the abnormal relationships between his occiput (base of his head), C1 Atlas vertebra, C2 Axis vertebra, and his lower neck had worsened. To determine how much worse the alignment of patient’s upper cervical spine had become would require before and after upper cervical biomechanical X-rays and X-ray analysis.
From this study, I conclude the Atlas Profilax “lifetime Atlas adjustment” received by this man did not correct his abnormal upper cervical biomechanics. The outcome of this experiment reveals the following five possibilities: (1) Atlas Profilax does not correct the upper cervical spine. (2) Atlas Profilax may cause worsening of the upper cervical misalignment. (3) The procedure was performed improperly. (4) The man’s response was an anomaly. (5) Anatometer and Leg Length examinations are not valid for diagnosing upper cervical misalignments.
Considering the many years training, working and experimenting with the diagnosis of and treatment of misalignment of the upper cervical spine correlated with the experience of my colleges and that of the upper cervical doctors from the past, there is good evidence that the diagnostic and treatment procedures that I use when working with the upper cervical spine are safe and effective. I was careful to double check all of the measurements I recorded while performing this experiment. My opinion is that Atlas Profilax, more likely than not, does not correct the upper cervical spinal misalignment and may miss-align or worsen the misalignment of the upper cervical spine.
The practitioner performing this procedure is not a doctor or physical therapist, so it appears laypeople are trained to deliver the Atlas Profilax “lifetime Atlas adjustment.” Therefore, the procedure must be easy to learn and perform. To rule out the possibility that this man’s response was anomalous, this study should be performed on a larger population, and accurate before and after X-rays and X-ray analysis would be preferred.
I graciously thanked the man for allowing me to examine him before and after he received the Atlas Profilax “lifetime Atlas adjustment.” I told him this case study has helped me begin answering my questions about this procedure and gain perspective about the claims I have recently heard about its simplicity, speed, effectiveness, longevity, and cost. He was going on a trip to the East coast and would think about what we had both learned from his experience with the Atlas Profilax “lifetime Atlas adjustment,” and about what he had learned the scientifically verifiable upper cervical spinal correction I perform.
This just in! I just went on the internet to check the spelling for Atlas Profilax, and up came a new search listing about Atlas Profilax. The State of Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners had published a document describing a complaint they had received about Atlas Profilax and how the board’s investigation had revealed the information I described earlier about Earth being a gold mining space colony and the reptilian beings living beneath the Earth’s surface. The Oregon board determined that Atlas Profilax is a spinal adjustment, is not safe and effective and that it is illegal for anyone to perform Atlas Profilax within the State of Oregon without a license that includes spinal manipulation within its scope of practice.