What is Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT Adjustment and How Does It Work?

Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT Adjustment where, "sacro" means related to the sacrum. The sacrum is the base of the spine. The sacrum is often incorrectly referred to as the tail bone. "Occipital" means related to the occiput. Occiput means "the back of the head". So, Sacro-Occipital Technique is a method used for normalization of the relationship between sacrum and occiput that is this technique facilitates stabilization of relationship of foundation of spine and the top of spine. This relationship along with the way these bones are compatible with each other, is vital for adequate functioning of brain and spinal cord. Sacro-Occipital Technique was developed by Major Bertrand DeJarnette. He came up with the system where a technique is used which involves both the ends of the spine, i.e., the occiput (back of the skull) to the sacrum (the final main bone of the spinal column).


Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT Adjustment is primarily concerned with the craniosacral respiratory mechanism. This is a wavelike fluctuation in the brain and spinal cords covering. While this motion is very subtle, it is essential for the normal performance of the brain and spinal cord, and thus the entire nervous system and body. It operates like a breathing air with a cyclic tightening and loosening segment. The normal functioning of the craniosacral respiratory mechanism is identified as the main function of life in the body and it has to be normal for all the functions of the body to be normal.


Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT Adjustment in Chiropractic Treatment


Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT Adjustment, like other chiropractic techniques, corrects any abnormal mechanics of the spine and the associated nerve problems, if any, including headaches, dizziness, back, arm and leg pain.

Medical Conditions Treated With Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT Adjustment

Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT Adjustment helps in normalizing the function of the organs in the body such as high blood pressure (hypertension), digestive problems, toxicity, urinary problems, female reproductive dysfunction, etc. Many symptoms which are related to the head, such as headache, visual disturbances, vertigo, TMJ, ear infections, can be resolved with this technique.

Can Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT Adjustment Provide Pain Relief?

Eliminating the pain is not the primary goal of a chiropractic Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT adjustment. The actual goal of a chiropractic Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT adjustment is to stabilize the function of the entire body. The central nervous system comprising of the brain and spinal cord is the way of approaching it. The brain and spinal cord control all the other functions of the body. So, the primary goal is normalizing this function. If this goal is achieved, it eliminates the pain; however, pain relief is a by-product of normalizing the craniosacral respiratory mechanism. Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT gives long lasting results in a short amount of time. Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT improves the function of all parts of the body and alleviates pain. An individual who has started Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT care recently will generally experience huge improvement in a short amount of time, so much so, that they feel that they are completely cured or healed. However, with the accurate precise diagnostic methods of Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT, problems in the body can be identified even if they are not painful. So, it is advised to continue with the program in order to identify the problems before they start to cause pain. Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT adjustment helps in enhancing functioning of the body, although this may not be evident immediately, but all the same the improvement is there.

The Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT adjustment is not painful. This technique works by positioning the body in a precise manner in order to use the body's own weight for adjusting itself. This adjustment occurs due to the interaction between the specific position of the body and the movement of the body due to normal breathing. During the adjustment, the patient may feel extremely relaxed and even nap for some time. However, there may be pain when certain points of correction are identified; however, this is considered more to be a "good pain" and helps the doctor and patient in identifying a certain point, which needs adjustment or correction.

What Are The Risk Factors of Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT Adjustment?

Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT adjustment does not cause any harm to the patient. The chances of an injury occurring are very minimal and majority of the injuries that have occurred involved the neck and occurred during non- Sacro-Occipital Technique or SOT visits.

Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:


Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: October 6, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer


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