Cervical part of the spinal column.

The Atlas Vertebrae

The Atlas Vertebrae is the most important bone in your body.       092615_1446_AtlasVerteb3.png                                                  

Where is the Atlas Vertebrae?


The Atlas Vertebrae sits atop the spinal column and along with the Axis bone supports the head and permits a greater range of movement of the head. It is named after the God Atlas.

The brain stem extends into this portion of the spinal column. It is also contains the attachment points for the upper cervical spine to the skull.


Can Atlas Vertebrae imbalance lead to Dowager’s Hump?

Yes! Dowager’s Hump is Not Inevitable and Can Be Easily Corrected! It may begin with Atlas imbalance.


  • How strong is the Atlas Vertebrae?


The head is about the size and weight of a bowling ball and is stabilized by many muscles and tendons. This is quite a task for the small Atlas joint.

Powerful but delicate atlas

Head sits upon the Atlas



  • How is the Atlas vertebrae supported?

 The Axis and the next four cervical vertebrae keep the Atlas bones in a viable position and this lets the head move freely. These five are the very important neck bones that are vital to your health and vitality.


  • How is the head stabilized on the Atlas Vertebrae?

The head is kept near a gravity neutral position by the neck ligaments and an array of head and shoulder muscles that work like guy lines to keep the head where it needs to be.


  • How can we keep the Atlas Vertebrae healthy?
  1. We need to keep a relaxed neck.
  2. Practice good posture to keep our heads in a gravity-neutral position.
  3. Exercise our neck ligaments and muscles.
  4. Avoid long hours of static head position.
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