From the Sweat Institute (research institute for Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic):
“The art and science of Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic is the study of the spine with specific concentration on the first bone in the neck, the Atlas vertebrae. A conventional chiropractic adjustment is done with the Doctor’s hands, but Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic utilizes a precise, repeatable, x-ray-analyzed chiropractic program to adjust the Atlas vertebrae by a percussive force Instrument. In doing so, the Doctors remove nerve interference.
The Georgia Institute of Technology’s engineering department helped Dr. Sweat develop, define and refine the x-ray vector program of adjusting. Seven AO Instruments have been updated for precision and excellence over the years. The R.W. Sweat Foundation research studies have helped millions of patients and their families, students and doctors. And since its development there have been numerous books and articles on the subject.
Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic is taught at five Chiropractic Colleges, and is practiced in six countries and at more than 600 chiropractic practices worldwide. Medical doctors, neurologists, podiatrists, endocrinologists, dentists and other chiropractors refer their patients to the Sweat Institute for Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic.
The Orthogonal Chiropractic adjustment is easy, painless and full of incredible results without manipulation. Your Cervical Spine is vital to your health and well-being. Healing takes time. Human nature tempts to put off seeking relief for our physical problems, and then makes us impatient for relief. Remember, only a thorough treatment plan can provide lasting relief. There are no shortcuts to good health. Time and professional care are the only answers.”
After graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Ryan Spurgeon was fortunate to have the opportunity to intern at the Sweat Institute for Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic. It was here that he worked with one of the foremost authorities of the cervical spine and creator of the Atlas Orthogonal Technique, Dr. Roy Sweat. Dr. Spurgeon treasures the time he spent working as an intern at the Sweat Institute.
Atlas Orthogonal Technique in Dr. Spurgeon’s words:
“I grew up seeing chiropractors, I thought everybody got adjusted. It wasn’t until I was older and I was going through Chiropractic College when I realized that there were people who didn’t go to see chiropractors, and some were even scared to get adjusted. It was then that I thought, ‘why would somebody not want to be adjusted?’ I came up with two possibilities. Number one, some people thought that adjusting didn’t do anything. They thought it was all placebo, no actual realignment would happen. Second, some people may be scared of getting hurt while being adjusted.
That’s what made Atlas Orthogonal make sense. The technique is designed with pre and post x-rays in mind, therefore we can see the results. Also, there should be immediate decrease in tenderness/pain at the upper cervical spine. Also, it is one of the most gentle techniques available. Because of the specificity and accuracy involved, we can adjust the vertebrae into alignment with a tiny amount of force, therefore minimal chance of injury.
I never had any miracle story of chiropractic occur to me that got me into the profession. I just felt good after getting adjusted. But I saw a “miracle” occur in front of me and that made me determine I would practice Atlas Orthogonal Technique.
It was one of my first days in the “main clinic” at Palmer (Chiropractic College). I was only observing (the interns and staff doctors). An established patient entered the clinic. I was told that she was a victim of a car accident that she had broken the top vertebrae of her neck, the atlas. However the injury had gone unnoticed at the time and the bone healed on its own. For whatever reason, due to the way it healed, it seemed to be causing a lot of problems with her. She was visibly shaking with tremors as she walked into the room. She had labored breathing, sunglasses on (indoors) due to light sensitivity, and she just looked in rough shape. She was soon adjusted by Atlas Orthogonal protocol. About thirty seconds after the adjustment was made and she was helped to a sitting position, the ensuing results amazed me. She started to open her eyes wider, the tremors left, and her breathing became more regular. I couldn’t believe what I had seen. I decided it would be worth the time to further study the technique. I have since become Board Certified in the Technique, and while have seen great results with many techniques, I still refer to Atlas Orthogonal Technique for the most difficult cases concerning the head and neck.”
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