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What is SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique)?

Sacro Occipital Technique
Sacro Occipital Technique

What Is SOT chiropractic (Sacro Occipital Technique)?

Dr. Jason Scoppa is a board certified SOT Practitioner and an instructor of SOT (Sacro Occipital Technique), as well as being the only certified SOT craniopath in WA state.

S.O.T. is a highly analytical chiropractic technique which was developed by Dr. M.B. DeJarnette. It is one of the most progressive, contemporary, and thoroughly researched techniques available in chiropractors today. In S.O.T., the doctor understands three main subluxation patterns alter normal body function, and follows an indicator based system of diagnosis and treatment. This ensures the doctor is treating the right areas, and gives the doctor feedback on whether or not the appropriate outcome has been attained.

Each subluxation pattern is called a Category. Each category has its own analysis and adjusting procedures. Category I addresses subluxation patterns which involve the central nervous system directly, relating to the tension within the dural system. Category II comprises a primary subluxation of the posterior sacroiliac (SI) joint and the musculoskeletal compensations which result from pelvic instability, including TMJ, extremity complaints, and muscle tension. Category III consists of a primary lumbar instability or vertebral subluxation, and its resulting complications (disc issues).

S.O.T. practitioners utilize full spine adjusting techniques as well as pelvic wedges to balance the pelvis and facilitate the flow of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the central nervous system. This allows the body to efficiently adapt to both environmental and gravitational stress. An indicator system is used to determine what category the patient is in, what needs to be addressed, and when treatment is completed.

In addition, there are SOT indicators for when to address issues involving the soft tissue, extremities, TMJ, viscera, and the cranium. When considering all those areas mentioned, S.O.T. becomes one of the most unique and comprehensive approaches to chiropractic today.

One of the most unique and effective tools in SOT is craniopathy, or cranial work. Typically performed by advanced SOT practitioners, cranial work involves assessing and treating dural restrictions and sutural stress within the cranial vault. This takes many years to learn, and SOT cranial is widely considered the most advanced, thorough, and effective form of cranial therapy in use today. It is very different than more energetic based forms of cranial work, such as Craniosacral Therapy and Upledger based cranial work, though in the right hands these can be effective tools as well.

An SOT distortion pattern
An SOT distortion pattern

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