Sacro-Occipital Technique

At Unity Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we are proud to offer the Sacro-Occipital Technique. The Sacro-Occipital Technique is part of the overall practice of chiropractic medicine. It was invented by Major Bertrand Dejarnette in the 1920's. Major Dejarnette was a chiropractor and osteopath. In developing this new technique the Major decided to extend chiropractic medicine beyond just adjusting the spine, and came up with simple, safe, and effective way to adjust the cranium, pelvis, extremities, and some organs, too. While conducting the study into this new method of chiropractic care, he discovered a way of adjusting patterns in the body, rather than just one body part. It turns out that the most important pattern involved the relationship between the sacrum and the occiput. His new technique thus perfected, the Major named it the Sacro-Occipital Technique.

How is the Sacro-Occipital Technique Different from Regular Chiropractic?

The most important difference between Major's technique and regular chiropractic care is the use of indicators. Every adjustment given with Sacro-Occipital provides a signal as to what other places may need adjusting. Tension in different connective tissues at the base of the skull let the practitioner know which individual vertebrae in the spine need adjusting. The first treatment provides a baseline for future care. By measuring tension in those same tissues in future visits, the practitioner can tell whether the procedure is improving the patient's condition, and by how much. No x-rays are required to obtain noticeable and measurable results.

The main concern of Sacro-Occipital practitioners is the cranial sacral oscillation. This is a wave-like motion in the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It is a subtle motion, but having it, and making sure it is normal, is crucial to the normal functioning of those areas of the body. In fact, because the brain and spinal cord are connected so intimately to the rest of the body, a normal cranial sacral oscillation is crucial to the proper functioning of everything in the body. Adjustments in the cranial area, which are used in the Sacro-Occipital technique, bring the oscillation into balance if it is unbalanced, and can thus correct any other imbalances and cause of pain in the body, eliminating all kinds of issues.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Beaverton Chiropractor

Contact us to make an appointment for your first evaluation, consultation, and treatment. Dr. Kathy Cantwell and Dr. Jessie Garrison are both trained and certified in SOT. Remember, this technique can be used as a diagnostic tool for other, unknown issues in the body, as well as for pain management. You will find the Sacro-Occipital Technique can help heal things such as back pain, headaches, pain in the extremities, digestive issues, female reproductive issues, urinary issues, high blood pressure, dizziness, double or blurry vision, ear infections (chronic), tinnitus, TMJ, and more. You can reach us at {503-747-3388}.


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