What Is Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT)?

Sacro Occipital Technique is a non-force method of balancing the pelvis. It is a relaxing and calming way to align the hips. S.O.T. is a comprehensive and advanced concept of Chiropractic pioneered and developed through study, research and clinical application by Dr. M. B. DeJarnette. For more than half a century Dr. DeJarnette researched and studied every aspect of physiology and anatomy and clinically found that human structural distortion falls into three basic groups. He labeled these groups as Categories I, II, and III. This non-force way of balancing the pelvis and spine utilizes specially designed wedges or blocks.

The basis of the human structure is the pelvis. The pelvis supports the spine and skull, the shoulders and arms, and below the pelvis, the legs and feet. The internal organs are suspended by ligaments that attach to the spine and pelvis. The large upper thigh and important back muscles, including those responsible for neck and shoulder stability are attached to the pelvis. All these structures must be balanced, coordinated and maintained by a stable pelvis in order to produce normal nerve function.

The brain and the spinal cord form the central nervous system which is the master control system of the body, coordinating all tissues, organs and systems within the body. The regulation and control of all the body organs and systems is carried out by complex nerve impulses generated in the brain and transmitted down the spinal cord through nerve roots to every part of the body. Messages are transmitted through nerve channels from the brain to the organs and are retransmitted from organs back to the brain. This allows the brain to regulate and control all the systems to produce a healthy body.

The Sacro Occipital Technique is designed to improve the functioning of the body overall by targeting certain areas of the spine and surrounding tissues. The chiropractor will usually work by positioning the body in such a way that the weight of the body acts as resistance. The goal is to normalize cranial sacral respiratory action, which means restoring the nerve communications between the brain and the spine so that the body can heal itself as quickly as possible, and in a natural way. By keeping the pelvis and spine in proper balance and alignment the body has the best chance to heal and maintain health.

S.O.T. is a system of removing the cause of nerve malfunction using minimum force to restore and maintain health. It employs the use of wedge shaped blocks to allow the body to seek its correct alignment and balance. There are many combinations of block positions used, and these are determined before each adjustment. S.O.T. recognizes the importance of body language in the form of neurological tests, weak muscles, tender areas, and other signs and indicators to determine the type of adjustment needed. Each person will be balanced differently depending on the signs that are present.

As the body responds and heals, stress areas around the body are eliminated and natural tolerance levels are reinstated.

S.O.T. is only one of the many tools Dr. Brown, located in Cambridge, MA, uses in his practice and it is an effective non-force way to achieve alignment, balance, and good health.

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