The Misaligned Spine
(Atlas Subluxation Complex)


How The Spine Becomes Misaligned:
  • Accidents and Injuries
  • Tear loose the connective tissues that hold your spine together
  • Resulting in a weakness
  • Allowing your body to break down
  • Locking your head, spine and pelvis into a stressed position.
Identifying it is Easy:
  • Lying down, one of your legs is longer and the other shorter.
  • Standing up, one of your hips is higher and one lower.
  • Your spine twists to the right or left side.
  • And your head usually leans to the right or to the left.
  • Muscles are imbalanced
  • Movement is abnormal.
It Gets Worse Over Time:
  • Over time the spinal bones & discs break down.
  • This misaligned condition becomes progressive and degenerative.
  • The longer your spine is misaligned the worse it gets.
At First It Goes Undetected
  • You get used to living like this, accepting it as normal.
  • And eventually your symptoms are severe enough to get your attention.
The Misaligned Spine Causes Many Problems:
  • You have limited movement and reduced function.
  • Although you can still move and function, the limitation is always there.
  • The vertebral joints and discs bread down and degenerate.
  • Your nervous system is compromised and dysfunctional.
  • Sensation, movement, circulation, digestion, respiration, reproduction, cognition and emotion can be effected.
Symptoms Originating From, Related To and Influenced By:
     Your symptoms may be structural:
  • Involving the muscles, joints and discs of your neck, back and pelvis,
  • From the uneven stress on the spinal disc from the misalignment the disc goes through five stages: wedge, bulge, protrude, herniated and rupture.
  • Also involved are your shoulders, hips and knees.
  • Your symptoms can include stiffness, cramping, pain, numbness, tingling, shaking, lack of sensation, weakness, inflammation and degeneration.
     Your Symptoms May Be Related to the Nervous System:
  • Other problems relate to the mechanical tension on your brain, brain stem, spinal cord and the nerves exiting your spine and their functions that they control and regulate.
  • Your symptoms related directly to the nervous system can include seizures, learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and disequilibrium.
     Symptoms related to the Functions Regulated & Controlled by the Nerves:
  • Other symptoms can include respiratory complications (allergies, asthma and shortness of breath), digestive disturbances (acid reflux, indigestion, IBS, spastic colon), circulatory problems (cold hands or feet), reproductive problems (dysmenorrhea, infertility, ED), hormone imbalances and altered body chemistry.
  • Weakened body functions can also set the stage for infections and dis-ease and reduces the bodyís natural ability to heal from many diseases and conditions.
  • Loss of normal functioning of the Nerves can limit the ability of the body to heal from trauma and to use all of its resources to fight and heal from diseases. Correcting the spinal misalignment is not a treatment for cancer, diabetes or Parkinsonís disease, but a normally functioning nervous system is necessary to allow the body to effectively deal with these and many other diseases.
For a Complete List of Symptoms & Conditions
Misaligned Spine Symptoms & Conditions

The Atlas Subluxation Complex:
     The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) refers to this misaligned condition of the spine as the Atlas Subluxation Complex (ASC) and the Atlas Subluxation Complex Syndrome (ASCS).


How to Correct the Misaligned Spine
     NUCCA has developed a precise way to evaluate and correct the ASC using measurements on X-rays and very subtle corrections.

For a description of the procedure: