Patients Guide

Patients Guide

About Chiropractic

Chiropractic is the second largest licensed health care profession in the world today.

Founded over 100 years ago on the principal that good health can be naturally sustained without drugs or surgery, Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the human body's structure (primarily the spine) and function (primarily the nervous system) and how this connection impacts the restoration and preservation of your health.

When this relationship is compromised by a spinal bone interfering with the nervous system (vertebral subluxation, your Chiropractor delivers a spinal adjustment to facilitate normal nerve transmission, thus enabling the body's innate healing powers to begin the recuperation process.

What is SOT?

Comprehensive, gentle, and innovative, SOT enhances other chiropractic techniques and addresses the functional relationship between the Sacrum (base of the spine) the pelvis and the Occiput (base of the skull). 

SOT was established in 1925 and has grown to become a highly respected technique throughout the Chiropractic community.  Since its founding, it has continued to be studied, practiced and researched all over the world.

How does SOT Work?

One function of the sacrum is to pump Cerebro-Spinal Fluid (CSF) from the base of the spine, up the spinal canal to the brain and throughout the nervous system. The Occiput also helps to pump CSF which acts as the circulatory system for the brain and spinal cord and is essential for optimal health.

Following a physical assessment of the patient, the application of SOT techniques promotes optimal innate healing mechanics for the spine, pelvis, cranium, organs, extremities, nervous system, brain and muscles. These techniques promote balance, neurological integrity and integrated function of the organ structure and neurological mechanism.

The Three Categories

The category system of diagnosis and analysis provides your SOT Chiropractor with a logical, balanced approach to your care, leading to the most appropriate treatment approach for you.

The "Categories" represent the different ways your body will adapt or fail to adapt to misalignments.

Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique (CMRT) is an effective approach to dealing with the issues that are a common cause of chronic subluxation.


Category One

This occurs when the sacro-iliac joints become misaligned, or subluxated and has the effect of rotating the hips and tilting the sacrum. When the sacrum tilts it reduces its pumping ability, the cerebro-spinal fluid does not circulate as effectively and may lead to a lack of nutrition and an increased toxicity of the nervous system. Category One symptoms arise from this reduced nerve function and can affect many tissues and organs throughout the body.

Correction of Category One

When correcting a Category One subluxation, your Chiropractor will use two blocks that will be placed under your pelvis in specific positions and directions. Your body weight and breathing motions then normalise the sacro-iliac joints and assist the sacral pump which stimulates the movement of cerebro-spinal fluid. This improves nerve nutrition and removes toxins, which allows your nervous system to function at its optimum.


Category Two - Sprain of the Pelvis

Category Two occurs when ligaments holding the sacroiliac joint are stretched or sprained, allowing the joint surfaces to separate. This disturbs the body's balance, nervous system, and our spine right up to our shoulders and neck and also our cranial system.

Correction of Category Two

The "Arm Fossa Test" is a specific test your Chiropractor will use to confirm a Category Two, along with other sensitive indicators. To correct a Category Two, blocks are placed under the pelvis and the weight of the body helps reposition the sacroiliac joints for healing. Usually you will notice your arm response and sensitive areas improve immediately as the blocks do their work.


Category Three - Lower Back, Discs & Nerves

Between each of the spinal vertebrae is a disc that act as shock absorbers as well as spacers between the bones. When our bodies work correctly, the discs allow enough space between the spinal bones for delicate nerves to exit. When our bodies are out of balance, these spaces can become compromised by an alteration to the disc, which may pinch or irritate the nerve just beside it.

Correction of Category Three

Category Three occurs when the lower back can no longer tolerate the physical stressors placed on it. This can be a sudden one-off event such as a lift, or it can be a pre-existing weakness that is aggravated. Often Category Three produces pain in the lower back and sometimes radiates down a leg as sciatica. Correction involves using blocks under the pelvis in a specific direction and position. Your weight and breathing help to balance the low back and take the pressure or irritation off the nerve to all the body to heal.


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