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Dr. Roy Sweat, the developer of the Atlas Orthogonal Program, and considered by many to be one of the foremost authorities in the world on the cervical spine, developed a method using a percussion wave to re-position the atlas vertebra. In 1982 the R.W. Sweat Research Foundation was established. It is a non-profit foundation with 15 members of the board of directors chosen for their achievements and dedication to the Atlas Orthogonal Program. The foundation funds the marketing and the research that is conducted in the Atlas Orthogonal Program. For the purpose of IMPROVING THE HEALTH AND EXTENDING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.


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With sad news our Beloved Founder passed away

Dr. Roy Warren Sweat age 94 of Atlanta, Georgia passed away peacefully Sunday, January 2, 2022. Roy was born in Albany, Georgia on June 25, 1927, to Warren V. and Fleda Sweat. He graduated from Albany High School in 1944. He volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served during WWII from 1944 to 1946. He attended Palmer Chiropractic College in 1947. While in Davenport, Iowa, he met his wife, Roylan (Coop) Sweat, and they married in March 1949. He graduated from Chiropractic College in 1950. Both Roy and Roylan were anxious to leave the winters in Davenport behind them and after graduation moved to Decatur, Georgia. Roy was offered an associate position in 1950 with Dr. Vic Brooks. He started his own private practice in April 1953. He was in private practice from 1953 until his death in 2022. Just before his passing, he was the oldest practicing chiropractor in the state and worked 6 days a week at his clinic on Chamblee Tucker Rd in Atlanta.

Roy’s family was very important to him. He was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed playing golf with family and friends. He and Roylan were members of the Atlanta Athletic Club since 1950. Roy is preceded in death by his wife, Roylan who passed in May 2001. They were married for 52 years and had three children together. Roy is survived by his son Warren and (Carol) Sweat of Wallace, Kansas, his daughter Whitney and (Dave) Colvert of Marietta Georgia, and his son Matthew and (Tecla) Sweat of Oakwood, Georgia. Roy leaves behind three grandchildren and three great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephew.
Roy made many significant contributions to the chiropractic field and has been awarded numerous honors. Dr. Sweat was a past President of the Georgia Chiropractic Association. In 1970 he worked with PhDs and Engineers to develop and later patent the Atlas Orthogonal Instrument. In 1980, he established Chiropractic Atlas Orthogonality, as a specialized upper cervical program. This program is taught as an elective course at several chiropractic colleges and universities and is a Board Certified specialty. He has written a series of four books and has written 30 articles on the Chiropractic Atlas Orthogonality program.
He was very active in the church and in the community serving as a past president of the Decatur Kiwanis Club and chairman of the Board of Stewards at Pattillo Memorial Methodist Church.  He later was active at Decatur First Methodist before moving his family to Norcross, Georgia and later joining Embry Hills United Methodist Church where he was a member.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the R.W. Sweat Research Foundation https://atlasorthogonality.com/your-atlas/ or via mail to 3288 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta GA 30341.

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