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
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
How does it
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
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