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Dr. Mark Freund is the only practitioner with Atlas Orthogonal experience who is also trained in the Cranial Manipulation protocol in the Chicagoland area. He has studied this technique extensively in the United States and internationally. He has worked in tandem with dental professionals to successfully treat TMJ issues and its related symptoms.

Cranial Manipulation

The cranium can become stuck. Through subtle and very specific movements of cranial sutures in the skull, proper alignment of the jaw and relief of pain can be experienced.

Cranial Manipulation allows the root causes or contributing structural factors of symptoms such as TMJ, multiple sclerosis, malocclusion, migraine, headache, Meiner's, MDDS, vertigo, neck pain, low back pain, postural distortions, Bell's palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, scoliosis and many other to be identified and eliminated, if possible.

The Prime Tenants of Cranial Therapy

Cranial sutures do not generally completely fuse as we age.


Cranial sutures maintain some degree of flexibility possibly due to their morphology and beveling.


Meningeal tissue has extracranial and endocranial (inner and outer) connections whose tension patterns might affect neural tissue, vascular structures, and Cerebrospinal fluid mixing.

Cranial Manipulation is the new, innovative approach to treating:

  • Cranial dysfunction

  • TMJ dysfunction

  • Forward head posture

  • Headaches

  • Pain in the face, jaw, neck and shoulders

  • Difficulty chewing

  • Facial swelling

  • Postural distorions and scoliosis

TMJ/TMD Cranial & Spinal Corrections

Your neck is vital and complex. It deserves a dedicated practitioner. Cranial manipulation has proven to help those who suffer temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD).


This condition causes pain in the muscles and joints that control movement of the jaw. Additionally the surrounding structures of the neck, upper back, shoulders, mid back and lower back into the pelvis, even down the legs to the knees and ankles may have symptoms. "People who suffer with severe TMJ disorders think surgery is their only option," says Dr. Freund. "However, Atlas Orthogonal combined with Cranial Manipulation and spinal adjustments are noninvasive techniques that have been proven to have a positive effect on this type of disorder."

  • Proper functioning of the upper neck is fundamental to human health.

  • Balanced posture is a key component of optimal human health.

  • Upper Cervical Subluxations hamper optimal brain-to-body communication.

  • Proper brain-to-body communication optimizes the human being’s capability to self-heal.

  • Many in our world are suffering needlessly without the knowledge of a potential solution.

  • Collaboration with other structural providers is crucial to enhance the ability of an individual chiropractor to make a significant impact on a patient’s health


Atlas Orthogonal

Atlas Orthogonal is a gentle, effective and proven Chiropractic technique that does not utilize physical manipulation. The Atlas is the top vertebrae of the spine and supports the head.


If the spinal vertebrae are misaligned in such a way as to bring pressure and irritation to the nerves which travel through their openings, a condition exists which is referred to as subluxation.

Subluxation of the Atlas

ABNORMAL "Orthogonal" Relationship of the head, neck and spine


The above illustration represents a misalignment (subluxation) and is typical of those commonly seen by Dr. Freund. In this example, the weight of the head has shifted and is no longer centered over the spine. The vertebrae are now forced to the side causing a serious structural misalignment.


The resulting distortion and stress of the spine may put pressure on the delicate nerves which pass through it causing pain, organ disfunction, loss of mobility and even the lowering of the body’s natural resistance to illness.

NORMAL "Orthogonal" Relationship of the head, neck and spine


Illustrated above is the proper alignment of the head on the vertebrae. The spinal vertebrae are correctly positioned in relationship to each other, and the path of the spinal nerves is clear and unobstructed permitting natural function and health.

What causes aches and pains in our back, neck, legs, arms, head and joints? What is the source of these problems that can become so detrimental to our quality of life? Why live with pain as so many of us do?

Many of these problems can be associated with the imbalance of the spinal column. The spinal column is a tunnel of interlocking bones called vertebrae that protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain, together known as the central nervous system. There are spaces between each vertebra allowing nerves, which are extensions of the spinal cord, to supply and connect every part of the human body. Therefore, it is the nervous system that regulates and affects all body functions.

The nervous system can be likened to a major super highway. Without problems and all vehicles going the speed limit, travel is smooth and without accident. However, if there is a car crash, traffic slows down and even stops. The highway does not function as it was intended.

When the spinal column is misaligned and out of balance, the nervous system is unable to function as it was intended.

— ©Roy W. Sweat Foundation

Upper Cervical Care

Since many of the nerves which travel through the vertebrae of the cervical spine serve all of the body’s organs, it is obvious how any disruption of these vital impulses by subluxation, may result in serious illness, disability and even early death.

Subluxation of spinal vertebrae may reduce or even block vital nerve impulses from the brain to all parts of the body, including its organs.

Watch Jim McMahon talk about the Atlas Orthogonal Procedure. "They [Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractor] keep me from having these bad pain, having suicidal thoughts, having me function fairly normally while I can."

Watch Montel Williams talk about the Atlas Orthogonal procedure. "I had extreme pain in my lower extremities. I'm in pain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year... I've had pain in my feet, struggled with my balance..."


I began working with Dr. Mark Freund several months ago regarding a case of debilitating TMJ. He uses an innovative technique on the skull, Cranial Suture Release, which has provided me with significant relief. Dr. Mark works in conjunction with Dr. Shapira of Delaney Dental for TMJ cases; together they are relentless in finding a solution for their patients. I have been particularly impressed that both doctors continually seek out further education and knowledge in their respective fields. I cannot recommend their work enough!

Dr. Freund is outstanding. I went to him for help with daily migraines and haven't had one since my Atlas Orthogonal adjustment. He's one of the few doctors in the area trained to do this very precise adjustment of the atlas bone. Not only are my migraines gone, but so is my neck, shoulder, knee, and sciatic pain. That's not even the best part. All of my symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis have quickly disappeared as well. It's amazing what happens when you reconnect your nervous system.

- Nina K., IL

- Carly P., Skokie, IL