ATLAS-T® Cervical Orthosis – Clincial Validation
The ATLAS-T® Pillow is truly a breaktrhough in sleep technology featuring Atlanto-Axial Support (AXS) and Resilient Core Technology (RCT). It is designed for the purpose of repositioning a person’s head and neck while lying on their back through elevation of the cervical spine while slightly extending the head and upper neck (cervico-cranial junction). The AXS is designed in order to maintain a certain angle (between 0 and 20 degrees) between the cervico-cranial junction (atlas and the occiput) to maximize airway openings to effect snoring and airflow while at rest.
A study that evaluated the relationship between head and neck posture and pharyngeal airway diameters that was performed at the University of Copenhagen, School of Dentistry and Sleep Laboratory at Glostrup County Hospital in Denmark in 1996 revealed, “Extension of the cranio-cervical angle and forward inclination of the cervical column were correlated with an increase in the three most caudal airway diameters in the OSA sample: at the uvula, the root of the tongue, and the epiglottis, but only to increase in the lowest diameter in the reference sample. The findings were considered to reflect a compensatory physiological postural mechanism that serves to maintain airway adequacy in OSA patients in the awake erect posture, most efficiently so at the lowest levels of the oropharyngeal airway.” This study examined the pharyngeal airways of 50 male patients with OSA along with a reference sample of 103 male students in order to examine the relationship between the pharyngeal airway diameters and the posture of the head and the cervical column.
AIRWAY DESCRIPTION (hover mouse over images to magnify):
The two pictures below represent airway measurements of the same individual. The scan on the left shows the subject lying on a regular pillow, and the scan on the right has the subject lying on the ATLAS-T® Pillow. The black area with the green lines represents the airway. Notice the narrowing of the airways on the left vs. the opening of the airways on the right. This subject demonstrated a 62% improvement in their airway.
SOFT TISSUE DESCRIPTION:
These two pictures below represent airway measurements of the same individual. The scan on the left shows the subject lying on a regular pillow, and the scan on the right has the subject lying on the ATLAS-T® Pillow. The red lined area outlines the cervical muscles. The regular pillow (left) shows tightening of the muscles when compared with the ATLAS-T® pillow (right) where the muscles have more “slack” in them. Relaxed muscles tend to heal faster and allow for increased blood flow and nerve transmission, as compared to tight muscles which decrease blood flow and nerve transmission.(3,4)
CERVICAL LORDOSIS DESCRIPTION:
The two pictures below represent an analysis of the cervical lordosis of the same individual. The scan on the left shows the subject lying on a regular pillow, and the scan on the right has the subject lying on the ATLAS-T® Pillow. The regular pillow (left) demonstrates straightening of the neck curve and/or a kyphotic presentation, which is consistent with people who snore or that have obstructive sleep apnea. Notice the straightened line on the left, and the curved lines on the right. Research shows a decreased cervical lordosis AKA a straightened neck curve is gives people neck pain, morning headaches, and stresses ligaments/muscles. Some people are sleeping in this position all night long and waking in a lot of discomfort.(3,4)
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