What is it: SOT stands for "Sacro", which relates to the sacrum or tail bone, "Occipital", refers to the lower part of the skull, and "Technique". Therefore it is a system of diagnosis and treatment used to re-balance the integrity and function of the whole spine which affects the function of the brain and nerves that emanate from the spinal cord. In SOT it has been found that patients will generally have one of 3 general categories of imbalance and these are treated with specific protocols.
Treatment: a number of techniques are used such as blocking, which involves the patient lying down over 2 wedge shaped cushions to help realign the pelvis, the use of a percussion instrument called an "Arthrostim", and gentle pressure techniques using the hands placed over the skull.Conditions: Low back/neck pain, headaches, dizziness, conditions of the extremities. SOT is often used for a wide range of further conditions as restoring optimum flow of nerve conduction and energy has a beneficial effect on the whole body system.
** The Sacro Occipital Technique is a system of chiropractic and chiropractic Craniopathy that integrates art, science and philosophy of optimizing the human innate healing systems. SOT utilizes a systemic and systematic approach to removing neurological/structural/functional interferences thereby returning the innate healing capacity to the system.
** Specialized integrated procedures include chiropractic biomechanics, nutrition, functional neurology, soft tissue reflexes and chiropractic Craniopathy addressing the craniosacral respiratory mechanism.
** SOT and SOT Craniopathy is the philosophy of art and science of restoring the innate healing capacity in humans utilizing a systemic and systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment of the neurological, structural and CSF flow mechanisms from a functional perspective.
** Restoration or maintenance of health is accomplished through specialized integrated procedures including functional chiropractic neurology and biomechanics, nutrition, soft tissue techniques and the diagnosis and treatment of the craniosacral respiratory mechanism (CSRM). The techniques utilized in SOT promote optimal innate healing mechanics for the spine, pelvis, cranium, organs, extremities, nervous system, brain and muscles. These techniques promote balance, neurological integrity and integrated function of the organ structure and neurological mechanism.
History: SOT was created by Major Bertrand DeJarnette who was born in Nebraska, USA, in 1899. He originally became a mechanical engineer, but took up an interest in osteopathy when he had treatment for serious injuries he suffered in an explosion. He went on to qualify both as an osteopath and chiropractor. Over the years he developed a unique chiropractic diagnostic and treatment system, and this culminated in the publication in 1984 of the "Manual of Sacro Occipital Technique". He died in 1992.