Dr. Skefich working
SOT is a chiropractic
technique which was influenced from Osteopathic tradition. Major
DeJarnette developed SOT after obtaining degrees in Osteopathy
and Chiropractic. He was a patient and student of Willliam Sutherland,
the founder and developer of cranio-sacral work.
the type and severity of stress patterns in a patient. The body
is amazing. Each person will have certain areas in them that,
unless released from their tension, will not allow other areas
to soften. The areas will vary from person to person, and are
frequently not the location of the pain. Here is an analogy: lets
say you have a pebble in your shoe. As long as you do not step
down hard, there is no pain. So you limp along, and eventually
your leg and hip get sore from the limping. All the massage or
adjusting in the world will not help your sore leg (for long)
until the pebble is removed. SOT helps identify where that pebble
is and how to gently and effectively remove it.
each body will have parts that have become unconscious and need
re-integration into the whole again. The organs, glands, muscles,
joints and meninges are all accounted for by looking at the signs
the body shows.
Within SOT, stress
in the body is seen in gradations of severity. There are three
"categories" of severity, and severity is not at all
determined by pain level but by the signs the body shows and that
the doctor assesses. Knowing what category a person is in gives
a better indication to the doctor of how long it will take to
resolve a problem. In Category I, the body knows what neutral
is, and will try to right itself once the stress has gone. To
be able to respond to stress in one's lide is a good thing, but
it is also good to know when to relax. In Category I, a person
can relax. Category I is a flexible and adaptable place to be
in, even though there may be temporary, even severe pain.
Category II is
a state of more advanced stress. This could come suddenly from
a fall or a hit, or even a strong mental shock, but more often
than not, is simply a result of chronic stress. Recall that stress
winds you up, like a person on the starting line (one hip forward,
the opposite shoulder forward). This is frequently what the chiropractor
will check when they note a high shoulder or a "short"
leg. It is simply held muscle tension distorting the body. In
Category II, the stress wind-up has become a habit. The body does
not know quite how to unwind or may not even know that there is
such a thing as being unwound anymore. This person will need expert
assistance to get unwound quickly. In Category II, the wind-up
is stuck in place. This is an expression of the bodys wisdom
to conserve energy. If a person is going to be wound-up all the
time, why waste nerve and muscle energy in being tense? The body
has begun to lock things down into the mal-position of stress
wind-up. And to have a tense body can lead to a tense mind and
stressed out response to your environment.
II has multiple layers of tension like an onion. The body patches
on various tension patterns to try to hold things together including
the pattern of compression as discussed in Category III.
What is Category
III? Well, lets look back to Categories I and II; If you
twist a rope (or a spinal cord), it will shorten. A shortened
spinal cord is a spinal cord under traction. Traction is bad for
nerves. It changes the firing pattern of nerve impulses and then
the brain can no longer interface with the outside world in a
simple way due to nerve interference. It is like static in the
message system. The body will do anything it can to reduce traction
on the brain and spinal cord in order to reduce nerve interference.
First, it will try to initiate relaxation by becoming uncomfortable
and making a person want to rest, stretch, or exercise (as in
Category I). But if the brain is dealing with continual messages
of stress due to lifestyle choices or mental attitudes or body
distortion, how can the body relax? It cant. So over time
the vertical muscles compress and shorten; If the body is successful
in shortening down the bony spine, then it will be successful
in giving some slack to the spinal cord inside, even if this results
in compressed, degenerated or herniated discs over time.
almost always happen in the lumbar and cervical spine (low back
and neck). This is because the vertical muscles of the spine exist
here, capable of compressing the discs. Discs are like sponges,
in a sense. They have no vessels to bring blood to the living
cells of the cartilege. Cellular nutrients and cellular waste
must be transported instead by "imbibition," which is
like pulsing a dirty sponge between your hands in a bucket of
clean water. The old fluids get pulsed out, and the clean fluids
get pulsed into the disc. This compression-decompression should
happen naturally with movements and breath. But when there is
chronic wind-up with the resultant compression compensation of
the spinal muscles, there is decreased imbibition and fluid exchange.
The discs get sick over years of this compression. "DJD"
or degenerative joint disease is evidenced in the average asymptomatic
person by age 35 and is not a natural result of age as some doctors
believe. It is instead a response of the body to a less than optimal
situation. The body has prioritized the spinal cord and brain
above the discs in a person with compression.
The body is eminently
wise. It chooses its priorities for survival flawlessly. The body
does nothing by accident or mistake. Disease is the body's responsse
to a less than optimal situation in Dr. Skefichs opinion.
SOT will also
diagnose and treat organ dysfunction of a mechanical nature. This
is not to say that Dr. Skefich will treat diseases. However, all
organs are held in place by ligaments, and are made of tissue
or smooth muscle. Dysfunctions in this realm can be treated using
the diagnosis protocol and visceral manipulation of SOT and cranio-sacral
technique to enhance nerve, blood and lymph function, and thus
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