After the Profilax, method of aligning their Atlas (C1), my clients experience a variety of symptoms usually physical, but also spiritual and emotional. What I have mostly found is that not only has the Atlas shifted to one side, but also had become tilted. One side gets pushed back and wedged against the base of the skull and the other side pushed down and forward toward the back of the jaw. It is the tilt that causes muscular tension, instability and the compression along the cervical spine. This imbalance over the course of one’s life is a root cause of tension in the body. Migraine headaches, chronic neck pain and stiffness are the most common symptoms, with localised tension found at the base of the skull most often on the right side. There is a deep knowing within, that something is out of balance, the head feels heavy and unsupported and many can’t get comfortable enough to find a position to sleep soundly. Some are woken up with tingling in the arms and fingers, some with ringing in the ears and tension in the jaw area. But what is typically Atlas related is pain in the pelvis, hips ad lower back. The short leg, skewed torso or rotated hip are all symptoms of Atlas misalignment. The detriment of this is tension placed on the lower vertebra, as walking, places greater stress on one side of the body. Sciatic pain is also a commonly experienced symptom of leg imbalance. Posture is greatly affected by a misaligned Atlas, there is a tendency for the upper spine to round and the head to drop forward, I see this caused by instability of the cranium and the Atlas’s inability to hold the head erect and stable. The displacement must be absorbed somehow and over time as the spine skews the muscles tighten in an attempt to stabilize and prevent further curving. These muscles react causing chronic spasms and eventually into pain and discomfort. The Atlas is the vertebra that connects the skull to the rest of the spine, it is essential that structure and balance be present in perfect alignment to enjoy optimal health and harmony.