Understanding Chiropractic Techniques: What is SOT?

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Most people have heard of some of the most common massage modalities, like deep tissue massage, Thai massage, reflexology, and neuromuscular massage therapy. But when it comes to the different techniques for chiropractic care — such as Diversified, Thompson, Activator, and S.O.T. — you might be at a loss. In order to better understand what your chiropractor is doing and how it supports your health, it can be helpful to have an idea of how these techniques work. Today, we’re going to focus on a well-established and widely popular chiropractic technique: S.O.T.

The Basics of S.O.T.

S.O.T. stands for Sacro-Occipital Technique. The technique emphasizes the significance of the relationship between the sacrum — a triangular bone in the lower back that is located between the hip bones and behind the pelvis — and the occiput — a bone that is located at the base of the skull.

S.O.T. was developed by Major Bertrand DeJarnette in the late 1920’s. Instead of focusing on individual body parts, DeJarnette looked for patterns to figure out how adjustments to the sacrum and the occiput could affect other body parts and improve body functioning as a whole. For instance, he noticed that muscle tension in the knee indicated that the pelvis was out of alignment, while the presence of tissue fibers at the occiput suggested that the spinal vertebrae needed to be adjusted.

DeJarnette designated the signs he observed — like knee tension and tissue fibers from previous examples — with the term indicators, and practitioners of S.O.T. today use them to determine the adjustment needs of specific patients. He also organized the patterns he found into four categories, which serve as guidelines for the practice of S.O.T.

The Benefits of S.O.T.

By focusing on the relationship between the sacrum and the occiput, S.O.T. supports the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism, which is important for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It can also correct spinal mechanics that result in nerve problems. As a result, the list of nervous system-related issues that S.O.T. can help treat include:

  • Tinnitus
  • Ear infections
  • Back pain
  • TMJ

DeJarnette was also interested in how chiropractic adjustments of the sacrum and the occiput could help normalize organ function overall. Thus, he developed a series of manipulative reflex techniques that can help patients with cardiovascular problems, digestive issues, urinary problems, reproductive dysfunction, and other organ-related challenges.

At Atlanta Chiropractic and Wellness, the doctor uses several different chiropractic techniques, including S.O.T. To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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