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by Dr. Charles L. Blum, DC, CSCP
Editor's Note from Dr. Jeffery Tucker: Chiropractic has many ‘non-force’ techniques that help those people who chose not be ‘manipulated’. One of the more popular ‘non-force’ Chiropractic specialty techniques is Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT). In this article Dr. Charles Blum, who is one of the most conscientious and caring practitioners I know explains the benefits of SOT.
Sacro occipital technique is unique in that it involves cranial care, a method called craniopathy. These cranial specialists within Chiropractic often have developed interdisciplinary relationships with dentists to treat jaw pain, headaches, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ) and other head and neck related complaints.
While osteopaths and chiropractors address the entire craniospinal system, organs, and entire musculoskeletal system, chiropractors (especially SOT doctors) rely on a neurologically based specific indicator system, with reflex and pain modifiers that specifically allow the chiropractor to address each individual's condition or health status.
SOT Chiropractors are best suited to treat the head or cranium because they have the background training in anatomy, neurology, pathology, differential diagnosis, physiology, and biomechanics. Chiropractors can offer primary care diagnosis and treatment that helps determine if a patient might also need a referral to an allied healthcare professional. SOT doctors understand that the body is kinematically joined together so that one part can affect the other and the whole patient, their body, mind, and organ systems are interrelated.
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About the Author
Charles L. Blum, DC, CSCP, is in private practice Santa Monica, California since 1981 and is a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College - Los Angeles.
He is an adjunct research faculty at Cleveland Chiropractic College and associate faculty at Southern California University of Health Sciences, teaching cranial biodynamics and cranial technique. Dr. Blum teaches the sacro occipital technique (SOT) elective class at Palmer College of Chiropractic West and Southern California University of Health Sciences. Dr. Blum is a Certified Sacro Occipital Technique Cranial Practitioner, and has been on the peer review board of the Journal of Craniomandibular Practice (CRANIO), Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, Chiropractic Dialogues: The Journal of Philosophy, Principles & Practice of Chiropractic, Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, Association of Chiropractic College Conferences, and Journal of Chiropractic Medicine.
He has lectured nationally and internationally, chair of the annual SOT Research Conferences, has written various SOT related texts, compiled SOT and cranial related research, and extensively publishes
in multiple peer reviewed indexed journals and at research conferences from 1984 to the present. Dr. Blum is the past president of Sacro Occipital Technique Organization (SOTO) – USA, now their research
chair, as well as the SOTO-USA representative to the Alliance of TMD Organizations and actively co-treating TMJ patients with dentists. He is a Senior Clinical Instructor in the Cranial Facial/TMJ Clinic with in the ENT Department at the White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.