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Durham's gentle and precise upper cervical chiropractic care



ATLAS DEFINITION; the topmost vertebra of the backbone

The human body is designed perfectly. We have an amazing gift within us called innate intelligence that allows our body to heal on it's own. Our nervous system is protected by our spinal column & controls every organ, cell, & tissue in our body. When the nervous system is imbalanced due to pressure from a spinal misalignment, the body cannot properly communicate its needs & dis-ease begins to take hold. This dis-ease in the system results in compensatory reactions from the body that can affect our well being. Our nervous system needs no help to function correctly, just no interference. We provide the system with gentle adjustments at a low force to remove dis-ease from the body & restore proper alignment.

Why Chiopractic



Dr. Ali Volpe, owner and primary provider at The Atlas Centre of Durham, NC, is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractor. She is highly experienced and is also Proficiency Rated in the Activator Method. Dr. Volpe relocated from Hood Canal, WA to attend the esteemed Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC, where she obtained her doctoral degree.


She has a personal connection to chiropractic in which her mother's life was saved by the Atlas Orthogonal Technique. Her mom was involved in a minor car accident, which caused a whiplash injury, and she began to develop debilitating symptoms that ultimately resulted in losing her vision. After just one atlas adjustment she could see again, and through treatment was able to get her life back. This powerful experience is what helped Dr. Volpe decide to devote her career to helping others through this technique.

Dr. Volpe has built a strong reputation in the Triangle for being the source of compassionate and precise chiropractic care. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, watching live music, and hiking with her black lab.

Meet Dr. Ali

Our Clients Say

"After a bad car accident in my teens years, I had come to accept that back issues were a permanent part of my life... and then I met Dr. Ali. She has changed my life in ways that I could not have anticipated. Her treatment has resulted in long lasting positive change and healing - so much so that she is now treating my teen and soon she will treat my spouse as well. We are so deeply grateful for Dr. Ali! "

Amy S.


Chiropractic Can Help With...


Imbalance of the spine can create pressure points in certain areas of the back. Most commonly at the base of the skull, between the shoulders, and into the low back. If a misalignment is left uncorrected, it can lead to early onset degeneration of the spine. Pain is a defense of our body that alerts us to a problem. Pay attention to it.


The Vertebral Artery is one of the major blood supplies to the brain, and it runs directly through our cervical spine before entering the skull. When there is rotation of the cervical vertebra, that blood supply can be constricted. This often causes headaches and migraines, due to a lack of blood and oxygen to the brain.


The brainstem is like the circuit breaker in the human body, and it is surrounded by the atlas bone once it exits the skull. Misalignment of the atlas can put pressure on the brainstem causing tension, and constrict the flow of Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF). CSF is the cleansing and nutritional system of the brain, and it circulates throughout the brain and spinal cord with every beat of the heart. By getting the upper neck in the proper alignment, the CSF can flow smoothly, and the brain will function much better. This can help improve anxiety, depression, and different mood issues.


Misalignment of the Atlas can cause the head to sit incorrectly on top of the spine, resulting in a tilting of the skull to one side. When this occurs, the Temporomandibular Joint does not track properly on one or both sides. This constant irritation causes inflammation in the joint and subsequently pain in the face and jaw. 


Why do some concussions heal on their own while others cause ongoing symptoms? The difference may be in whether the initial injury causes an upper cervical misalignment. Some symptoms of Post-Concussive Syndrome are cognitive problems, mood changes, balance issues, headaches, and sleep disruption.


This injury caused by a sudden acceleration & deceleration force results in an unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and neck. This causes severe harm to the muscles and ligaments that hold our spine to our head. The damage caused by this injury can lead to chronic pain, headaches, neck pain, anxiety, fatigue, and dizziness.


A misalignment of the upper cervical spine negatively affects brainstem function. If the brain is receiving distorted signals about how the body is positioned in space and its sense of balance, then Vertigo can be the product of those conditions.


When the atlas misaligns, it causes the shoulders and hips to compensate. This can cause shoulder pain & injuries as well as knee pain & instability due to unequal joint loading. If extremity pain persists following correction of spinal misalignment, Dr. Volpe is trained to adjust both the knee and shoulder complexes.


After an injury you want the area to heal properly so that it does not create a future limitation. Adjustments to certain injuries can help athletes heal faster and in the correct position, reducing the chance of a chronic issue.

What We Treat


At The Atlas Centre, we believe in treating the spine in its own natural range of motion. What makes us different is that we precisely measure spinal misalignments, and correct them without any pop or crack. All adjustments are done using percussive instruments, which emit a controlled low force. This allows us to safely and effectively stimulate natural healing within the body.



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The Atlas Orthogonal Procedure is an instrument based technique that utilizes mathematics and physics to put numbers to the adjustment. There is no guess work! 

A small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument is used to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint.



Monday - Thursday:

9am-12:30pm & 2:00 - 5:30pm

Friday - Sunday:



3604 Shannon Rd. Suite 100, Durham, NC 27707

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