The Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Technique

The Highly Effective and Gentle chiropractic technique.

"I have been seeing Dr.Nordan for about 6 months now due to an old whiplash injury and back pain. His Atlas Orthogonal adjustments (as well as his other therapy he and his staff are well trained in) have helped tremendously. I love the more gentle approach. A friend recommended him as Dr.Good Hands!"


Watch an introductory video to the Atlas Orthogonal Technique.

Montel Williams talks about his Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Adjustment.

The Doctors discuss the benefits of the Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic technique.

Brief History

The history of treating the atlas dates back to the early 1900ís when Dr. B.J. Palmer, who was the developer of chiropractic, discovered that it was the atlas that controlled the position of the head and the resulting position of the rest of the spine. Dr. Sweat, known as the founder of the atlas orthogonal procedure, continued Dr. Palmer and Dr. Gnosticís clinical research and found that very little force was needed to correct the atlasís position. Dr. Sweat invented and engineered the atlas orthogonal instrument.

About the Atlas Orthogonal Technique

The Atlas is the top bone of the spine. It is the vertebra that the head sits on. Orthogonal means at right angles, or square. The atlas should be sitting level, or square, on the cervical spine (neck), and the head should be square on the atlas.

When you put it all together, it means the top bone of the spine should be level. If the atlas is subluxated (misaligned) it causes the head to tilt. The body instinctively tries to straighten the head while keeping the head over the feet (center of gravity). This causes STRESS throughout the rest of the spine, shoulders, pelvis, hips, knees, and ankles.

The Atlas Orthogonal Instrument

The Atlas Orthogonal Adjustment Instrument was developed by Dr. Roy W. Sweat with the aid of engineers at Georgia Tech University.

The Atlas Orthogonal 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 means of a pressure controlled actuator.

The Instrument allows for precise adjustment to the atlas but without the need to pop or twist your neck. Removing the need to pop and twist your neck, not only makes the adjustment safer and gentle it also, allows for the same adjustment to be performed again if needed.

The Activator Technique

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic care. The technique has been used safely on patients of all ages since the late 1960s, bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns.

The Impulse instrument provides a controlled, fast thrust that is comfortable for the patient. In fact, adjustments with the instrument are so quick and measured, the bodyís muscles are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and accurate adjustment. By restoring spinal balance, chiropractic care aids the body in healing itself. The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique accomplishes this goal through safe, effective and gentle low force adjustments.