2. The SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique)


SOT stands for Sacro Occipital Technique. "Sacro" means "related to, or associated with" the sacrume.  The sacrum is the foundation for the spine. The sacrum is often called the tail
bone though this is not exatly correct. "Occipital" means
"related to or associated with the occiput". Ociput means "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. The word technique means "the way to get the job done,
scientifically and in a short period of time".


SOT was founded and developed by Dr. M.B. DeJarnette back in the mid 1920's. Dr. DeJarnette was both a chiropractor and
osteopath. SOT continues through the SOT Research Society to be one of the most highly researched techniques in chiropractic and on the cutting edge.


How does it work?


SOT is a chiropractic technique that is based upon a system of analysis which guides the doctor and the patient toward the type of treatment necessary for the patient at that time.


Through analysis a patient is placed within three categories: Category 1, Category II, and Category III.


Two wedged shaped orthopedic blocks are used to adjust the sacrum (base of the spine: where it attaches to the hips in very
specific locations under the low back/pervis. These are placed in specific positions depending upon the Category of the patient. Depending upon what Category the patient is placed in, the patient will either be laying on his stomach (prone position), or on his back (supine position). While lying on toop of the blocks, the blocks act as a fulcrum which uses gravity and respiration as the force. This procedure creates a very gentley, yet very effective adjustment. Sometimes other common techniques such as the Activator Technique are used in conjunction with SOT.


SOT also correct abnormal sipinal mechanics and any associated nerve problems. These can include neck and back pain, headaches, dizziness, arm and leg pain.


Does the adjustment cause pain in my body?


No. SOT works to a great extent by specifically positioning the body to use the weight of the body to correct the body. This
occurs because of an interaction between the specific position the body is in and the motion of the body caused by normal breathing. Many times the patient will feel very relaxed during the adjustment and even take a nap. There is some pain when specific points of correction are located. This is more lika a
"good pain" that a "bad pain" and serves mostly to let the
doctor and the patient know that a point needing correction has been found.

Turner Chiropractic Clinic




Richard Turner, D.C.

1324 Mangrove, Suite 110

Chico, CA 95926

Office:  530-342-2111

Fax:  530-342-2116

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