Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)

Sacro Occipital Technique provides a lower force option for chiropractic adjustments.  This technique might be preferred by those who are looking for a more gentle option.

Logan College of Chiropractic provides the following information about Sacro-Occipital Technique:

SOT developer Bertrand DeJarnette, DC, was a wealthy former engineer who used much of his fortune funding research on why chiropractic works.

Dr. DeJarnette concluded that structural changes affecting the dura can affect any area of the spine. The dura covers the entire central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord). Dr. DeJarnette based his conclusions in part on the fact that adjusting one segment of the spine may bring about a change in another area of the spine.

A boy having cranial work done

A boy having cranial work done

Additionally, Dr. DeJarnette was interested in research showing that cranial bones move and theorized that structural changes of the cranial bones could affect the movement of cerebrospinal fluid. Thus, SOT addresses positioning of the cranial bones, using a method known as craniopathy.

“Blocking,” the method preferred by many SOT practitioners for addressing pelvic subluxations, involves blocks placed beneath the pelvis, with the patient lying face-up. The goal is to normalize joint positions on both sides of the spine simultaneously.

SOT integrates with other chiropractic systems, allowing for use of a variety of techniques within the SOT system. Practitioners also often provide nutritional counseling to patients.

Parker University defines Sacro Occipital Technique as:

Wedge-shaped blocks are usually placed under the pelvis of the prone patient to treat problems identified in the low back. Low force, slow pressure types of adjustments may also be used to address joint problems identified in the skull. SOT may be used as an exclusive treatment or as an adjunct method of patient management.

What Does Sacro Occipital Technique Treat?

According to the Sacro Occipital Technique Organization – USA website, SOT can help correct:

SOT concerns itself primarily with the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism. This is a wavelike oscillation in the covering of the brain and spinal cord. Although quite subtle, this motion is essential for the normal functioning of the brain and spinal cord, and thereby the rest of the nervous system and the rest of the body. It functions much like breathing air, in that it has a cyclic tightening and loosening phase. Ordinary respiration–breathing air in and out–also affects and can be used to normalize cranial sacral respiratory action. The normal function of the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism is recognized as a primary function of life in the body and must be normal if all functions of the body are to be normal. Like other chiropractic techniques, SOT also corrects abnormal spinal mechanics and any associated nerve problems. These can include:

  • back pain,
  • headaches,
  • dizziness,
  • arm pains
  • leg pains

Through the use of Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Techniques (CMRT) your SOT practitioner can help normalize organ function in your body, including

  • high blood pressure
  • digestive problems
  • urinary problems
  • toxicity
  • female reproductive dysfunction
  • etc. The list goes on and on.

Many head-related symptoms can also be treated by your SOT practitioner, including, but not limited to:

  • TMJ
  • Tinnitus
  • Headaches
  • Visual disturbances
  • Ear infections
  • etc.