Atlas Orthogonal Technique

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Atlas Orthogonal Technique is an upper cervical chiropractic treatment technique created by Roy Sweat, DC.[1]

Upper cervical specific[edit]

It is a technique which uses a percussion instrument in attempts to adjust what is perceived to be a subluxation of the atlas vertebra, the top vertebra in the cervical spine. It is based on the teachings of B. J. Palmer, who advocated the Hole-In-One version of spinal adjustment. It is primarily used by straight chiropractors.

Referring to the origins of upper cervical techniques, Dan Murphy, DC, DABCO, wrote:

"Over the past 100 years, the practice of chiropractic has branched into dozens of specialty techniques. However, historically, for a third of this time, from the 1930s into the 1960s, the predominant practice of chiropractic involved primarily the upper cervical spine."[2]

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