Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) is a chiropractic method that focuses on the relationship between the sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of the spine) and the occiput (the base of the skull). This technique was developed by Dr. DeJarnette in the mid-20th century and is based on the idea that the sacrum and occiput are two important areas that can influence the overall alignment and function of the spine and nervous system.
Key concepts and components of the Sacro-Occipital Technique include:
- Category System: SOT practitioners use a category system to assess and classify patients based on their specific spinal and pelvic issues. These categories help guide treatment approaches and adjustments.
- Blocking: One of the distinctive features of SOT is the use of specialized blocks or wedges. These blocks are placed under specific areas of the patient's body, such as the pelvis, to create a gentle separation or decompression. The goal is to balance the pelvis and optimize the function of the sacroiliac joints.
- Craniopathy: SOT practitioners may also work with the cranial bones and the flow of cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord. They believe that proper cranial function is vital for overall health and nervous system function.
- Visceral Manipulation: Some SOT practitioners incorporate techniques to address organ and visceral issues, believing that the alignment of the spine and pelvis can influence the function of internal organs.
- Nutritional Support: SOT practitioners may also provide nutritional guidance and recommend supplements to support overall health and healing.
- Customized Care: Like other chiropractic techniques, SOT treatments are typically tailored to the individual patient's needs and may involve a combination of spinal adjustments, soft tissue work, and other therapeutic modalities.
Sacro-Occipital Technique is considered one of the more holistic and comprehensive approaches within chiropractic care. Practitioners who use SOT aim to address not only musculoskeletal issues but also the relationship between the spine, nervous system, and various bodily functions.