I’ve been reading stories of atlas subluxations and their hunt for relief. Iv been through the medical ringer and have finally started to come out on the other side 8 years later.
I wanted to tell you my story of atlas subluxation after a car accident. After being tboned by a red light runner I started to get tightness in my left arm before I left the scene of the accident. I went to the ER and the doctor pinched his way up my neck and said I was fine but I’d be sore and sent me home with some pain killers. I woke up in the middle of the night with the worst migraine Iv ever had. After a couple pain killers i was able to sleep again. When I woke up in the morning the back side of my neck was numb and I could barely move it. Another trip to the ER resulted in x-rays and more pain killers. (Starting to see a pattern of doctors treatments?). A couple days later I still had the same issues and went to a primary care doctor I established. I was recommended to see a chiropractor. I was under chiropractor “care” 3 times a week receiving massage and adjustment for 7 months. Looking back at this now at 28 I can see they were milking my insurance but at 20 I thought people actually wanted to help. During their “care” I developed a numbness and sharp pain in the bottom of my left foot so I had a series of MRI’s that resulted in nothing. I was experiencing dizziness, radiating tingling down my arms, head pressure, anxiety, panic attacks, falling feelings like when your dreaming, and migraines. The pain in my foot got so intense I couldn’t put any weight in it, so I had 2 epidurals done which provided relief for about 3 weeks each. I didn’t want to continue the temporary relief route so I stopped the epidurals. I saw the chiropractor for another couple weeks.
Once the “PIP” of my car insurance was drained I was simply told sorry, there’s nothing more we can do for you and I was stuck worse condition than I was when I walked in the door. After feeling helpless for a couple months I was told about an osteopath and the adjustments they do. My first visit I was looked over and then adjusted which I can say was awesome. I felt completely better. Being 20 and nieve I went back to my weekend sports of golf, motorcycle riding, etc. after one ride I was back to all the symptoms but more intense. I was back at the osteopath atleast once a week for minimal relief then no relief at all.
Eventually I was told I was crazy And making it up for pain pills and to not return. I had done chiropractic, osteopathic, pain management, a total of 1.5 years in physical therapy, acupuncture, yoga, Pilates, anything you can think of.
During this my long term girlfriend left me as I had “changed” and wasn’t the same person. I stopped doing all activities and developed a depression. I went to work and even that was hard to do with brain fog and dizziness. I poured myself into my work anyways at it was an only outlet I had. I drank and took excedrin migraines for the pain. This went in for about 3 years until I had enough and started to look into alternative treatment.
I found an atlas orthogonist (by accident, I thought he was just a regular chiropractor) and after xrays he was shocked at how crooked my cervical spine was. Once he adjusted my atlas using a sound wave it was like someone had flipped a light switch. The brain fog, dizziness and other symptoms were gone. It was amazing. I left the office with a neck brace and a new hope for recovery. The adjustment only lasted a couple hours once I took the brace off but I continued care. After a couple visits I was diagnosed with ligament laxity and I needed to try prolotherapy to tighten and heal the ligaments. So I did a year of prolotherapy for my upper cervical spine from C1 to around T5 area as well as my lock back. It was a painful experience but a couple days after the shots I had such a reduction of pain and the atlas adjustments actually stuck! After the 12th Round of prolotherapy I ended up moving to another state and haven’t had any since.
There are countless studies that show 100% relief of neck pain. I hope my story helps guide some light.