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Atlas, the First Cervical Vertebra

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What you should know about the atlas

The atlas vertebra was named after the Greek titan who was punished by Zeus to carry the world and heavens on his shoulders for an eternity. As the first cervical vertebra, the atlas not only carries the skull, but also is responsible for the suspension, equilibrium and management of the spine and skeleton.

Trauma such as whiplash, slips and falls, or any sports injuries can push or pull the atlas vertebra in an even worse position, and therefore may be the cause of many health problems.

When the atlas is misaligned it causes the head to tilt, and the spine compensates the malrotation of the atlas with a rotation down to the sacroiliac joint, trying to maintain the center of gravity. This might cause neck pain and lower back pain, and impacts the entire spine.

At the atlas vertebra, cerebral nerves, arteries, veins, spinal cord and spinal fluid pass through the opening at the base of the skull. Four layers of muscles protect this very important and sensitive area. It's a key position in the body which can affect manifold biomechanical and physiological functions.

Effects of atlas malrotation

A misalignment of the atlas can lead to continuous pressure on the spinal cord, nerves, blood vessels and lymphatic channels, potentially causing serious physical and mental problems, including significant adverse changes in posture. The spine compensates for the malrotation of the atlas with a rotation down to the sacroiliac joint, causing lower back and/or leg pain. The malrotation of the atlas could also have a negative impact on muscles, joints, eyes, ears, jaw, nerves, circulatory system, organs of equilibrium and interior organs. 

Correcting the atlas

An atlas in its correct position optimizes circulation and shifts the center of gravity, thus reducing, or eliminating headaches, migraines, vertigo, neck stiffness, back pain and many other health problems.

The malrotation of the atlas vertebra can be accurately and safely corrected by the sustainable and unique AtlasPROfilax® method with usually only one application.  

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The AtlasPROfilax® method

A Sustainable Approach


Upright walking and health were only words for the Swiss born René-Claudius Schümperli for a long time. He did not know the reason for his suffering. Just like with many other people neither western medicine was able to help, nor did osteopathy or any other known atlas therapies.

Within the scope of dealing with his suffering and efforts of self-help, he suspected that most people have a malrotated first cervical vertebra (named atlas). Further treatments with other clients confirmed his original suspicion. In the course of his efforts to cope with his ailments, Schümperli developed a method to get the atlas into a stable position: doing so, was a breakthrough for mankind!

In contrast, representatives of other opinions only assume a slightly defective position (sub-luxation) in some cases only tenths of millimeters. But it is a fact, that the atlas is in most cases malrotated. According to the different approaches, the methods of treatment are also completely different. Other applications are based on the assumption of a minimal malrotation and therefore, a correction can never be achieved completely. In contrast, the method of Schümperli is able to let the atlas return gently and permanently into its optimum position.

The Application

The method is to release existing tensions by a specific massage of the short neck muscles and by doing so to allow the atlas to move back into its anatomical position. A subsequent follow-up with additional support of the self-healing process is essential. Having reached its natural position, the atlas can not rotate again due to anatomical and mechanical reasons. This application has usually only to be done once and secures that the atlas will stay in its correct position unless there is an exceptional head or neck trauma after the procedure. This permanence offers the chance to complete physical, emotional and mental development and the possibility to be upright and healthy.


Since the human organism is able to heal itself thanks to the AtlasPROfilax® method this way, it is primarily a preventive measure. Therefore, it is indicated to apply it to children as early as possible, so they can grow up healthy and develop in an optimal way.

Possible Reactions

Occasionally, there might be reactions, which can occur right after the AtlasPROfilax® application in some cases or even weeks later in other cases. These are a signal for the progress of a self-healing process.

Possible reactions range from fatigue, muscle tension in the neck, in the back, to general exhaustion. Also, some earlier experienced aches and pains might flare up. Therefore, be aware of your body, note changes within your condition and support the self-healing process with regular massages.



The AtlasPROfilax® method is not a substitute for medical diagnostics or treatment. Any current treatments must neither be interrupted nor terminated, also future treatments must not be postponed. The AtlasPROfilax® method is neither a diagnostic method nor a medical therapy, no diseases, no symptoms of diseases, no medical conditions and no sufferings are medicated.

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Holistic Approach to Health

On the basis of our biomechanical approach, we offer adjustment and alignment of musculoskeletal systems. The AtlasPROfilax® technique provides a holistic and integrative base that allows your body to enter into a self-healing process. It supports the optimization of interaction of mechanical elements and physiological processes in your body.


"is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." [1]

(Also:) "the level of functional and metabolic efficiency of a living organism. In humans it is the ability of individuals or communities to adapt and self-manage when facing physical, mental or social changes." [2]

Maintain and preserve your capacity to act or get it back by applying AtlasPROfilax! We accompany you on your way to your very own health.

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[1] From the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO)
[2] How should we define health?, M. Huber a.o., BMJ 2011;343:d4163