Sacro Occipital Technique. SOT

A technique developed by Major Bertrand Dejarnet, a chiropractor and osteopath. Dejarnet took the basic theory of cranial osteopathy and expanded upon it. Using a series of gentle holds, and by the positioning of ‘blocks’ under your pelvis it is possible to improve the flow of fluid up and down your spinal cord, relax tension in the sensitive membranes around your brain and nerves, and improve movement in the spinal joints.

Extremely gentle, ideal for those who are wary of having their spine ‘cracked’, or who want a different approach to traditional chiropractic. Dr Pickard is registered SOT practitioner.

What is Sacro Occipital Technique?

SOT is a gentle method of chiropractic care, primarily using the patients own bodyweight and breathing. SOT practitioners understand the mechanics and neurology of the body in an organized and practical way.

An SOT doctor knowledgeably analyzes your body to determine underlying:

  • Spinal
  • Cranial, and
  • Organ-related problems.
  • Patients seeing SOT practitioners can relax and know that they are in the best hands in chiropractic.

What does SOT stand for?

SOT stands for Sacro Occipital Technique. “Sacro” means “related to, or associated with,” the sacrum. The sacrum is the foundation of the spine. “Occipital” means “related to or associated with the occiput (the back of the head). So, 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.

How is SOT different than ordinary chiropractic?

SOT recognizes the important role of normal cranial function in health and disease. The cranial bones and other cranial structures can cause central nervous system problems that are often overlooked or ignored by most other chiropractic systems.

Exactly what function of the body does SOT 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, 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.

Will it make me healthier?

Yes. Any SOT adjustment will improve the functioning of the body, which is health. This improvement may not be readily apparent to the doctor or the patient, but it is there. Since it is very difficult to predict what is going to happen with one’s health, it is doubly difficult to say that a particular procedure prevented a bad occurrence in one’s health. But, clinical experience and scientific investigation over the years have shown that SOT is in the forefront of those procedures which improve health.

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