What is Sacro Occipital Technic?

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 Sacro Occipital Technic

Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT) is a comprehensive, gentle and innovative technique of Chiropractic.[1] Its name stems from the relationship between the Sacrum (base of the spine) and the Occiput (base of the skull). In 1925, Dr DeJarnette founded SOT and to this day it is continued to be studied and researched worldwide.

Cerebro-Spinal Fluid

The sacrum has the function of pumping Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (CSF) from the base of the spine back up the spinal canal to the brain and throughout the nervous system. Furthermore, the occiput also helps to pump CSF.

To keep ourselves at optimal health, this minute rhythmical motion circulates the CSF through out our body. This in turn acts as the circulatory system of the brain and spinal cord.

To maintain a healthy body, the messages that are transmitted throughout nerve channels from the brain to the organs are then retransmitted from organs back to the brain.

The Spine and The Pelvis

Our upper body is supported all the way to our skull by our pelvis. It forms the foundational support of the human skeleton which enables us to transfer our weight to our legs.

Your organs and muscle systems are supported by the spine that holds our body upright and creates anchor points that connect the various fascia.

Our body is controlled by the nervous system and can only function normally when our structures are balanced, and our pelvis is stable.

The Three Categories

Your body is made to adapt to misalignments from day to day life, but this adaption or failure to adapt produces different categories, which may also by progressive.


Named diseases are not therapeutically treated by SOT. To restore and maintain health, it removes the cause of nerve malfunction using minimum force.

To allow the body to seek its correct alignment and balance, SOT implements the use of wedge-shaped blocks. Before each adjustment, a test is used to determine which combination of block position will be used. To establish the type of adjustment needed, SOT recognises the importance of body language in the form of neurological tests, weak muscles, tender areas and other signs and indicators.

Stress areas around the body are eliminated and natural tolerance levels are reinstated as the body responds and heals.  

[1] SOTO Australasia, About Sacro Occipital Technic