Sacro-occipital technique, or SOT for short, is a 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. With an ever growing pool of practitioners globally, it’s a popular option with the chiropractic community.
It’s application ranges from structural spinal focuses to organ/viscera function as well as cranial function. We love using this technique as it’s far more detailed than most in chiropractic world as well as it being a great one for those looking for a low force, gentle, more comprehensive and holistic technique and method of adjusting. We see significant and lasting results using this technique and it’s a definite favourite among the clinic.
If you’ve ever watched chiropractic videos on social media, this is most likely the technique most recognised by chiropractors.
This is a widely used type of chiropractic manipulation/ adjustment that includes most of the procedures taught at chiropractic schools. This technique is the most commonly used of all chiropractic techniques and is the one probably most familiar to patients. The Diversified manipulation/adjustment entails a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust that usually results in a cavitation of a joint (quick, shallow thrusts that cause the popping noise often associated with a chiropractic manipulation/adjustment).
It’s focus is restoring movement to joints that are ‘stuck’ and ‘misaligned’. This not only helps joints and tissue to repair faster but provides a great instant relaxation effect!
Neural Organisation Technique is another comprehensive holistic health care system that our team utilises within our clinic. It blends Sacro Occipital Technique [SOT] concepts, Applied Kinesiology [AK] principles and testing, together with holistic health approaches from Western and Eastern Science in an evidenced based, contemporary neuroscience framework.
The collective aim of NOT is to restore your Nervous System health to facilitate energy efficient self-regulation of your key body functions. Ensuring your survival systems of feeding, fight/flight, reproduction and immune health can be engaged as required. Modern life often “pushes” us toward a state of “Sympathetic Dominance” with our fight/flight responses engaged persistently depleting our ability to regulate sufficient daily energy and digestive health.
Helping to unwind your Nervous System away from the “Sympathetic Dominance” and toward a balanced state is the fundamental approach with NOT. With the rates of stress sky rocketing in our society and the effects of it being seen with poor gut health, imbalanced hormones, poor posture and tired worn out nervous systems that result in anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, this is a priceless tool our team uses as part of a bespoke health approach.
It’s another great option for those after a gentler, low force technique that is holistic and comprehensive.
The reason we have fancy tables is for this technique. This technique was developed by Clay Thompson who specially designed a table to perform specific measured adjustments to the spine. In fact, it’s such an important part of history, it’s a part of the Smithsonian Museum!
One unique feature of the Thompson Technique is the approach used to determine a disparity in the length of the legs when a patient is lying prone on the table. The patient’s feet are flexed to detect neurological imbalances that give the appearance that one leg is longer than the other. The patient is also asked to turn their head to the right and the left. This analysis helps the chiropractor to determine where and in what order the correction should be made.
For the adjustment itself, the patient reclines on the specialized table, which is adjusted to his or her weight. With the patient’s head supported, the chiropractor applies a high speed thrust, using minimal force. The pneumatically driven table then “drops” slightly to lower the section corresponding to the spinal region being adjusted. This facilitates the adjustment and carries the joint through its normal range of motion, allowing full correction of the segment while applying less force than would be needed without the special drop-table.
This is fantastic for people who don’t necessarily love the pops and clicks with traditional manual adjustments but want something more than a low force option.
Next to the Diversified technique, the Activator adjusting instrument is reported to be one of the more common therapeutic interventions used by chiropractors.
This is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument-based manipulation/adjustment protocol that started in the 1960’s. Instead of the manipulating/adjusting forces being delivered by hand, force is generated with the small appliance that delivers a lighter, but quicker, thrust than can be delivered by hand.
The Activator applies a controlled fast thrust into a joint, to help stimulate the nervous system activity in that joint. Similar to a GPS (global positioning system), your brain sends and receives signals to every joint in your body to know where it is supposed to be. Sometimes these signals become distorted or lost and that joint can become misaligned. An adjustment with the Activator is similar to recalibrating that GPS for that joint so your brain has more accurate control over exactly where that joint is and how it is to move.
This is a great alternative for adults or children who don’t like manual adjustments and is a super popular one in our clinic.
Posture is the window to the nervous system and brain. Good spinal posture and spinal health equals good health. It’s as simple as that.
Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP), emphasizes optimal posture and spinal alignment as the primary goals of chiropractic care while simultaneously documenting improvements in pain and functional based outcomes.
CBP researchers have extensively published ideal and average models for the human spinal curvatures as viewed from the side. This research has lead to the finding of the ‘Harrison Spinal Model’. This model details both Ideal and Average geometric shapes for the curves of the spine from the side. Additionally, ideal and average ranges for the spinal segmental angles for each of the spinal regions have been identified.
CBP is the highest researched chiropractic techniques and is fantastic for people who are after postural improvement and long term changes with their posture! It’s a great one for those after a mechanical technique who love the technical side of science and health. We use our fancy tables as well as manual techniques to achieve the postural correction, including our Denneroll protocol as an assist with home based rehabilitation.
We have all heard of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation is restoring function through a process of exercise. We take the same principle and adapt it to the brain. The reason why we find this approach to more effective, comes down to one irrefutable fact. Our nerves are king and tells our muscles, joints and body how to work.
If our nerves and nerve pathways are not functioning well and outputting irregular signals from the brain, our muscle and joint structure reflects it. So poor posture nerve patterns reflect in poor posture muscle patterns. The same applies with our function of how body such as facial structures, eyes and digestion. This can result in feeling fatigued, having challenges with balance, tracking objects or just feeling sharp while at work.
We take the approach of helping you strengthen the nerves and as well as strengthen your muscles. We sit down and map where the deficits are in your brain and show you ways you can strengthen and improve your performance.
This approach is far better for consistency when it comes to our strength, posture and brain!
As part of our clinic, our focus is gut health. The patency of tissues throughout the body is fundamental to health and vitality of the body as a whole. Visceral Biomechanics evaluates organs and tissues, tension and pressure, of structures onto each other which may limit blood & lymph flow and nerve supply to a part and affecting physiological function.
Understanding how each organs relates to each other and how dysfunction can impair the global function of the body, is the focus and evaluation of Visceral Biomechanics. A myriad of symptoms stem from improper mechanics of our organ systems and understanding the link between it’s dysfunction and the physical presentations is what our team focuses on.
For example, a shoulder blade problem may not be a sprained rib but rather a overloaded gallbladder that isn’t able to empty bile into the small intestine to digest our food and control parasites. Or a distended and inflamed colon can cause increase intraabdominal pressure resulting in poor pelvic floor activation resulting in lower back pain as well as groin pain.
Our team blends this approach with others to ensure we can get to the root cause behind pain and symptoms and create lasting change.
Functional neurology is one of many specialties within chiropractic. It focuses heavily on the way our brain and nerves work including how they signal with joints, organs and muscles. The techniques which are applicable help to stimulate specific centres of the brain through non surgical interventions.
The integration of functional neurology within our approach, sees a blended approach with traditional chiropractic techniques and other more alternative therapies. It sees a targeted and intentionality of adjustments to stimulate specific regions of the brain to help restore function back to the body as a whole.
Our team uses objective tools such as thermography, heart rate variability (HRV) and neurological testing to determine which therapy tool is best for you. We believe in being objective and targeted with our therapy, and this is another way for create more sustainable and predictable results.
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