Sacro-Occipital Technique


Sacro-Occipital technique (SOT), developed by Major De Jarnette in the 1920’s and 30’s, is a comprehensive gentle and innovative technique of chiropractic named to reflect the intimate relationship between the sacrum (base of the spine) and the Occiput (base of the skull).

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The Sacro-Occipital technique...

  • Understands the function of the human peripheral nervous system and in particular it’s intimate relationship to the human frame. A comprehensive examination identifies the precise nature of disturbance and the most suitable approach to resolve the issues.
  • Integrates easily with other chiropractic systems, meaning practitioners may use several differing test procedures, methods of analysis and modes of treatment.
  • Is best known for the integration of cranial work into traditional chiropractic treatments which demands a detailed analysis of the pelvis, extremities and visceral systems and their inter-relationship.

Cranial Motion

Cranial motion is a function of the pliability of the cranial vault influenced by the regular motion of respiration, muscular contractions, and circulatory flow, which together affect what is referred to as the primary respiratory mechanism (PRM).

Although very subtle, these motions can be palpated by a trained practitioner and abnormalities within the flow of cerebral spinal fluid and cranial distortions can be diagnosed through visual observation, testing, palpation of the cranial sutural system and palpation of the cranial pulsations. Craniopathic diagnostic procedures and manipulations are designed to evaluate and correct distortions of the cranium which are causing deformations of the cranial membrane system and distorting the flow of cerebral spinal fluid.

Martin has also studied Chirodontics which specifically aims to identify the influence of the bite and occlusion on the cranio-sacral system.

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