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Mulheim Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology,

William Shakespeare-Ring, 9-11, 45470 Mulheim/Ruhr, Germany.











The Mulheim Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology is one of the most advanced medical centres in Germany.


     With more than 25 years of history the Institute offers the most sophisticated technologies for diagnosis and   prevention.


     One of the objectives of the Institute is the early diagnosis of disease to avoid the development into chronic states. A team of doctors with different specialities are utilised for this purpose.


     Since 2005 the Mulheim Radiological Institute, directed by Dr. Med Rainer M M Seibel, has conducted several scientific imaging studies to determine the occurrence of cranio-caudal deviation or minor intervertebral derangement of the Atlas, postulated by Rene Schumperlii in 1993.

     The effectiveness of the Atlasprofilax method for correcting cranio-caudal deviation of the atlas has also been investigated. The scientific imaging studies carried out at the Institute have confirmed Schumperlii’s thesis that cranio-caudal deviation or minor intervertebral derangement of the atlas exists in 98% of human beings. They have also confirmed that the atlasprofilax method is effective and safe for the correction of this derangement. 


Scientific Imaging studies on Atlasprofilax


     RC Schumperlii’s theory states that minor intervertebral derangement or cranio-caudal deviation of the Atlas is a universal pathophysiological condition affecting human beings, and the application of the 



Atlasprofilax method is effective at correcting it. This has encouraged scientists from different disciplines to investigate this phenomenon.


A study by the Mulheim Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology in Germany


     In 2006 the Mulheim Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology associated with the German University of Witten-Herdecke launched an independent study on R C Schumperlii’s Atlasprofilax technique. The objective of the study was not to determine the therapeutic effects of the method but to assess the principal theory that ‘almost all human beings suffer a cranial-caudal deviation of the atlas with rotation and tilt. They also wanted to evaluate if the atlasprofilax technique was effective at correcting this condition.














     The basis of the study was to determine radiologically the exact position of the atlas in respect to the occiput and the axis as well as a comparative examination before and after the atlasprofilax therapy.


The study had to determine if it is true that there is a congenital cranial-caudal deviation with rotation and tilt of the atlas in human beings and that correction of this condition using the Atlasprofilax method is effective.




The study helped to identify three essential points:


1) The existence and effects of atlas malrotation.

2) The effectiveness of the atlasprofilax method

3) Possible side effects of the application of the technique


Several patients were studied for five years using the latest Siemens MRI scanner, the Magnetom Symphony, and Siemens Somatom Sensation 64 3D CT scanner. The patients were submitted to the scans before and after applying the Atlasprofilax technique. The study involved 114 patients aged from 4-82, average age 49.7 and gender – 59% women 41% men. The study was carried out without considering race, gender or age, and it lasted 5 years during which the following criteria was used:




1. Image examination of the upper cervical area using MRI and 3D CT scans prior to atlasprofilax therapy.

2. Evaluation of the images from different angles and comprehensive analysis of the C0-C1-C2 area.

3. Implementation of the atlasprofilax technique

4. Examination with MRI and 3d CT scans after atlasprofilax technique.

5. Comparison of the images obtained before and after the therapy.














The technique was performed in the presence of the doctors responsible for the Radiological Institute just after the first image examination. Immediately afterwards in all the cases a second image examination was carried out under the same conditions (only approx. 40mins to an hour difference between the first and the second radiological examination).



Results and Conclusions of the Study


     Of a total of 114 people examined, 112 presented prior to the atlasprofilax technique with an incorrect position of the atlas, with cranial deviation and tilting and a significant reduction in articular contact and

     lack of embeddedness between the occipital condyles and the superior articular facets of  the atlas.


     Note – the majority of cases presented with the atlas in a left ventral rotated and left uptilted position. Right ventral rotation was significantly less frequent.



     After completion of the atlasprofilax technique a comparison of the images showed an obvious change in the position of the atlas. The embeddedness of C0-C1 was anatomically correct and intra-articular contact between C0-C1 and C1-C2 was complete. A clear improvement was observed between the articular relation of the atlas and the axis as well as a general change in the position of the head.












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  • 1. Prior to atlasprofilax therapy the imaging results of  more than 98% of the cases showed mal rotation of the atlas with cranial-caudal deviation and a tilted position. (see videos)


  • 2. After atlasprofilax therapy the malrotation of the atlas and the cranial-caudal deviation with tilt were shown to be corrected. (see videos).



3.  In subsequent examinations the correction of the atlas and the good position were maintained.


4.  Such results open the door to new scientific investigations and wider studies not only radiological but especially the clinical implications of the atlasprofilax therapy.

























    The doctors at the Mulheim Radiological Institute did not observe any adverse effects during or after the application of the atlasprofilax technique. In follow up sessions patients described and showed improvements such as increased mobility of the neck, better posture, improvement of joint discomfort, back ache or extremity pain and improvement of neurovascular problems such as vertigo, dizziness and headaches.





















Voigts MF
Affiliated: Atlasprofilax Academy of Switzerland General Osteopathic Council, United Kingdom British Acupuncture Council




The frontal plane inclination of the iliac crests of 350 patients, 225 female and 125 male was measured in degrees with an iliac crest inclinometer. The patients in the study requested assessment and subsequent correction of atlas malrotation. The Atlasprofilax procedure developed by Rene Schumperlii was the method employed to correct the atlas malrotations. Patients were examined prior to atlas correction and 100% of the study group were assessed to have functional leg length discrepancy and two common presentations became apparent. 72% of the study group had a shorter left leg with associated left to right inclination of the iliac crests and 23% presented with a shorter right leg and a right to left inclination of the iliac crests. Immediately following the Atlasprofilax procedure over 90% of the study group had level iliac crests. In the author’s opinion this indicates that the predominant aetiology of functional leg length discrepancy is malrotation of the atlas bone.


© 2013 Matthew Voigts









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