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The Sacro-Occipital Technique (S.O.T.)

Dr Lisa Bardy is an Associate Chiropractor and S.O.T. Instructor.

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As the newest chiropractor at True Health, I’d like to share with you a bit about one of my favourite chiropractic techniques- Sacro Occipital Technique or S.O.T.

S.O.T is so named because of the relationship between the sacrum (base of the spine) and the occiput (base of the skull). These two areas work as anchor points to the coverings of the brain and spinal cord. Within this delicate tissue is the “circulation” to the nervous system- cerebro-spinal fluid or CSF. CSF is constantly pumped from the sacrum to the skull. It acts as a shock absorber, protecting your brain and spinal cord but perhaps, most importantly, it circulates nutrients and chemicals throughout the nervous system and removes waste products while you sleep. When we have spinal, pelvic or even cranial (skull) misalignments, this can interfere with the CSF pump, affecting your overall health and wellbeing.

S.O.T is for all ages and stages: babies and children, pregnancy, adults, athletes and the elderly. It not only helps with aches and pains in your body by correcting spinal and pelvic misalignments, it also helps restore balance to the CSF pump. S.O.T is a total body assessment and corrective technique, which incorporates various tools including:

  • Cranial correction. Having proper cranial alignment is essential for good health. In adults it may assist with alleviating symptoms associated with migraine and headache. Cranial correction can also be especially critical for babies, children and teenagers who have had instrument assisted and/or traumatic birth, plagiocephaly (flat head) and sports related concussion.
  • Chiropractic manipulative organ reflex technique (C.M.R.T). This is a full organ assessment and correction system which may aid in assisting things such as digestion, immunity, energy levels and promoting quality sleep to name a few.
  • Nutrition management. Adequate nutrition and diet is so important for overall health. But did you know there are certain foods to avoid for example, to reduce inflammation and pain?

I have been using S.O.T as one of my primary chiropractic techniques for over 18 years now. I am advanced certified in S.O.T and also teach it to other chiropractors and chiropractic students at various seminars. I’d love to share what I do with you. I am available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. I look forward to meeting with you and seeing how S.O.T can help you.