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Atlas Chiropractic Melbourne

What does an “Atlas” or an “Upper Neck” Chiropractor do?

These are qualified chiropractors who have undertaken further training in theory, radiography, assessment and technique relating to the upper neck. An Atlas chiropractor will assess the top vertebrae in the neck (C1) and adjust it with an instrument that transmits a vibration into the skin.

What is Atlas Orthogonal Technique?

Atlas Orthogonal is an upper neck spinal healthcare program that is based on biomechanical procedures. Created by American Chiropractor Dr. Roy Sweat. Dr Sweat developed this program, and through his research, developed the technique that uses an instrument to transmit vibration into the upper neck influencing spinal alignment of this area. This treatment technique requires no forceful manipulation.

Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic focuses on adjusting the alignment of the top vertebrae C1 (Atlas). Vertebral misalignments are believed to cause nerve pressure which can lead to muscular tension and tightness. By adjusting the c1 vertbra into a more “aligned” position, patients may feel relief of pain and tension in the upper neck.

Atlas Orthogonal (AO) is a Chiropractic technique that addresses problems arising from the upper neck (cervical spine). The upper neck is a delicate area with a high proportion of the bodies nerves sending and receiving messages located here. Atlas Chiropractic is a technique used to assess the upper neck and its relationship to the cranium above and remaining spine below.

We currently offer Atlas treatment at any of our 20+ locations

Where to go for Atlas Orthogonal help?

Our team of chiropractors are available across multiple locations throughout Melbourne.

The Hawthorn practice is at 365 Burwood Road, a 5 minutes walk from Glenferrie train station or a 20 minute drive from Melbourne city centre. The Carlton practice is @ 143 Drummond St.

The Pakenham practice is at 3 Rogers St Pakenham, only 5 minutes from Pakenham train station, accessible from the M1 freeway or Princess Highway. Our Berwick location is @ 3 Manuka Rd Berwick.

In the west we have multiple locations: Werribee practice is located at 33 Princess Hwy Werribee (1km from Werribee Shopping centre), 238 Boardwalk Blv,  Point Cook and 834 Tarneit Rd, Tarneit. We also have a practice in Melton at 118 Barries Rd

Up in the north, we have 4 practices – 841 High St Epping,  41 Craigieburn Rd, Sunbury at 31 Barkly Street and 795 Plenty Rd South Morang.

In the East, we have locations at Cranbourne at 301 South Gippsland Highway, Berwick at 3 Manuka Road, 35 Maroondah Highway Lillydale, Ringwood at 295 Canterbury Road and 282 Dorset Road Boronia.

More locations coming soon

Our Atlas Orthogonal Doctors

Dr Josh Tyquin

Dr Josh Tyquin is proficient in using targeted atlas orthogonal adjustments for patients with various conditions such as persistent neck & head pain, headaches, tinnitus, vertigo and other neurological symptoms which may be associated with upper neck disorders (atlas).

Josh’s dedication to helping people improve their health through function of the nervous system started after his own personal journey seeing a chiropractor for sporting-related injuries as a teenager.

Josh is one of the few Chiropractors in Australia who are certified in Atlas Orthogonal protocols. He is qualified to give advice on posture, exercise and other lifestyle factors which may assist with atlas orthogonal adjustments.

For all appointments visit: www.wellbeing365.com.au/book-online

Dr Rami Tawil

Dr Rami Tawil graduated from with a Bachelor’s degree in complementary medicine and a Masters degree in clinical Chiropractic from RMIT University in Melbourne. Rami also speaks Arabic in addition to English and is available for appointments with Arabic patients.

Rami uses Atlas techniques in the management of a range of conditions; treating the cause and not the symptom.

Rami is available for consultations in South Morang on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; and in Melton Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Dr. Rami Tawil

Dr. Nick Ujdur

Nick visited his first Chiropractor at the age of 12 and then again at 19 after motorsport accidents. These visits inspired him to pursue a career in Chiropractic; and to learn all the knowledge he needed to help people.

Nick has a whole body approach to assessing the biomechanics of your body and gets down to the root cause of your problem. He use’s a mixture of techniques each day in practice.

He has been the recipient of the Mackay scholarship award in 2014 and volunteered at Heal Christchurch after the earth quakes in 2011. He also attend a mission trip to Rarotonga Islands to help care for the local population.

Nick is available for consults in Tarneit on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and in Melton on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Dr. Robbie Hunt

Dr Robbie Hunt is no longer taking clinical appointments.

As the founder principal chiropractor and founder of Wellbeing Chiropractic, Dr Hunt used Atlas Orthogonal treatment protocols to manage a range of  conditions including neck pain, headaches, dizziness, tinnitus and other neurological neurological signs and symptoms.

Dr Hunt’s patients are now managed by Dr Tyquin @ Hawthorn


What does an initial appointment involve?

  • Private one-on-one consultation
  • A detailed review of your current and past health & medical history.
  • Computerised postural analysis.
  • Orthopaedic & Neuro-muscular testing
  • Atlas Orthogonal X-rays are taken onsite (if clinically indicated)
  • Thorough analysis of your results to accurately determine your need for treatment and the capacity of Atlas treatment to assist in your situation.

6 Quick FAQs about Atlas Orthogonal

  • What is AO? AO is short for Atlas Orthogonal, a Chiropractic technique which focuses on the upper cervical spine, C1 the atlas and C2 the axis.
  • Who does AO? Doctors of Chiropractic who have undertaken extra training and completed the Atlas Orthogonal certified training program.
  • How is it different to traditional Chiropractic? Atlas Orthogonal is different in terms of application and analysis. It focuses only on the upper cervical spine, C1 and C2. AO is an adjustment technique and it is done by a styloid instrument. There is no hands-on adjustment, no cracking of the neck!

More facts about AO

  • What determines treatment? The Chiropractor will go over your full health history and learn more about your symptoms and problems. The Chiropractor will also perform orthopedic and physical examinations, leg length checks, range of motion, do palpation and an upper neck x-ray examination, if clinically indicated. The results of your medical history and the results of these tests determines the course of treatment needed.
  • Do I need X-rays? X-rays will only be taken if clinically indicated. Atlas Orthogonal technique uses measurements of different upper neck landmarks in order to deliver the most beneficial adjustment possible.
  • Who created AO? Chiropractor Dr Roy W. Sweat is the founder of Atlas Orthogonal principles and styloid adjusting instrument in 1981. Dr Sweat created the AO program after years of teaching another upper cervical technique called occipital-atlanto-axial complex, this was under the guidance of Chiropractor Dr John F. Grostic.  Dr Sweat developed the Chiropractic adjustment instrument, x-ray positioning and x-ray analysis computer program.

For Atlas Treatment & Assessments Phone: 1300 123 365 Multiple locations: Hawthorn, Carlton, Boronia, Ringwood, Pakenham, Berwick, Melton, Sunbury, Epping, Craigieburn, Point Cook, Tarneit, Cranbourne, Lilydale & Hoppers Crossing

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