The Sacro Occipital Technic™ is a system of chiropractic and chiropractic Craniopathy that integrates art, science and philosophy of optimizing the human innate healing systems. SOT® Methods utilizes a systemic and systematic approach to removing neurological/structural/functional interferences thereby returning the innate healing capacity to the system.

Specialized integrated procedures include chiropractic biomechanics, nutrition, functional neurology, soft tissue reflexes and chiropractic Craniopathy addressing the craniosacral respiratory mechanism.

SOT® Methods and SOT® Methods Craniopathy is the philosophy of art and science of restoring the innate healing capacity in humans utilizing a systemic and systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment of the neurological, structural and CSF flow mechanisms from a functional perspective.

Restoration or maintenance of health is accomplished through specialized integrated procedures including functional chiropractic neurology and biomechanics, nutrition, soft tissue techniques and the diagnosis and treatment of the craniosacral respiratory mechanism (CSRM). The techniques utilized in SOT® Methods promote 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.

Improve Results

The Category System of Patient Analysis refers to the primary system dysfunctions recognized by M.B. De Jarnette as the most common all-inclusive on patients seen in the chiropractor’s office. The category system of patient analysis offers the practitioner a logical, balanced approach to patient care, leading you to the proper treatment approach. The Sacro Occipital Technic™ (SOT® Methods) indicators enable you to monitor your effectiveness and tell you when to change your approach. SOT® Mechods practitioners are most often the chiropractors for other chiropractors in their communities.

  • Category I
  • Category II
  • Category III
  • Cranial Sacral Respiratory Mechanism
  • Chiropractic Manipulation Reflex Technique

SOT® Methods visceral techniques allow you to understand and treat your patient for a full-body point of view, leaving no stone unturned. Chiropractic Manipulative Reflex Technique (CMRT™) is an organized and effective approach to dealing with the viscerosomatic reflexes that are present in so many patients and that are a common cause of chronic subluxation.


Fixation of the synovial sacro iliac boot, with associated meningeal system disruption. The spinal and intracranial dura is involved, along with the neurology, physiology and reflexes of the central nervous system.


Dysfunctions of the weight-bearing parts of the sacro iliac joints. This usually involves a tear, sprain or strain of the hyaline part of the sacro iliac joint, and can have far-reaching consequences due to the effect that this problem has on proprioception, the muscular system, and the temporomandibular mechanism and cranial sutures.


When ligaments in the pelvis are torn or stretched, a separation of the weight bearing sacro-iliac joint takes place. CAT III subluxation occurs when the vertebrae in the lower lumbar spine are stressed beyond their ability to recover, usually upsetting a pre-existing weakness in the area. As a result, pressure is put on a lumbar disc forcing it to bulge out against the sciatic nerve and producing any or several symptoms.


The cranial sacral mechanism is a combination of integrated functions that support, nourish and enhance the performance of the nervous system as it controls bodily functions.

The components of the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism are:

  • Respiratory motion of the sutural system of the cranium along with cranial bone flexibility.
  • Respiratory motion of the sacrum between the two ilia.
  • Tension of the dural membranes from its contact with the sutural system, the cranium, the upper cervical spine and the sacral base.
  • The inherent quality of the cerebral spinal fluid to pulsate and flow through the dural membrane system. The growth and inherent respiration of the brain and ventricular system.

All other systems of the body have both a direct and indirect relationship to the cranial sacral respiratory mechanism (endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, etc.).

In SOT® Methods, structural analysis is based on objective clinical findings (indicators). These methods are based on normal physiology and how the physiology should react under certain conditions, i.e., Arm Fossae test is a challenge of multiple stimuli calling on the upper motor neurons system to coordinate function with the lower motor neuron system. Once these indicators are collected, the SOT® Methods Chiropractor makes judgments as to the best treatment approach. One of three categories is chosen, based on the needs of either the cranial sacral mechanism, or the weight-bearing properties of the sacroiliac joint or the lumbar spine.


Included in SOT® Methods is Chiropractic Manipulation Reflex Technique (CMRT™). CMRT™ is a system of organ function analysis and treatment as it relates to the spine and the occipital tendon insertions. This method not only allows you to find the major vertebral subluxation but also the degree of involvement, (cerebrospinal-meningeal, vertebral visceral or structural-vertebral). CMRT™ teaches a method of adjusting the vertebrae subluxation along with soft tissue reflexes to nourish the organ. The occipital fibers are based on the ability of the proprioceptive system (Golgi Tendons) to respond to muscles influenced by spinal subluxations and visceral and meningeal disturbances. CMRT™ allows the SOT® Methods Chiropractor to take a whole person approach to health. SOT® Methods also employs trapezius fiber analysis with spinal palpation to define spinal subluxation and cervical indicators to define lumbar subluxation. Extremity techniques are taught in SOT® Methods as part of its core curriculum since they are part of the weight-bearing system and can influence cranial sacral respiration.