Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)

  1. What is SOT?
    • “Sacro” means “related to, or associated with, the sacrum.” The sacrum is the foundation for the spine. The sacrum is often called the tailbone though this is not exactly correct.
    • “Occipital” means “related to or associated with the occiput.” Occiput means “the back of the head.” So traditionally, SOT is a method of normalizing the relationship between the foundation of the spine and the top of the spine.
    • It is this relationship and how these two bones get along with one another, that has been proven to be so important in the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord.
    • The word “Technic” is another way of spelling “technique”. Either word means “the way to get the job done, scientifically and in a short period of time”.
  2. How is it different?
    • SOT is a highly accurate and effective clinical procedure. The Creator, Dr. Major B. DeJarnette spent most of his life conducting clinical investigation into what makes chiropractic work.
    • SOT is a technique that uses your ability to relax and gravity to allow the body to shift itself back into proper alignment and allow for the connection between the brain and body to be restored.
  3. What does SOT correct?
    • The Cranial Sacral Respiratory Mechanism, which is simply the natural pump causing cerebrospinal fluid to continue flowing without blockage from the brain to the sacrum.
    • SOT also corrects abnormal spinal mechanics and any associated nerve problems.
  4. What is involved in SOT adjustments?
    • An important distinction of SOT is the use of indicators. Each adjustment has a sign or signal that the we use to know when and where to adjust. For example, muscle tension at the knee may indicate the pelvis needs correction, and connective tissue fibers at the base of the skull (called occipital fibers) indicate different vertebra in the back or spine may be in need of an adjustment. This also tells us on the next visit if the correction has been completely or marginally effective. From these indicators, we design a different adjustment set on each visit, listening to the body each time. It takes study to master this method of care, but it makes for an effective, precise adjustment without relying exclusively on x-rays.