An Introduction to Structural and Functional Integrity
This information provides a brief explanation of the primary chiropractic
technique used by Dr. Mary Rutherford in her practice. This will give you
some basic understanding about how the treatments facilitate your body’s
innate healing potential.
The founder of Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT), Dr. M.B. DeJarnette, DC, wrote more original
material about structure and function than any other author in chiropractic. His research
techniques covered all aspects of human anatomy, physiology and neurology. Specific pelvic,
spinal, and cranial adjustments as well as soft tissue reflex techniques have been taught to
Doctors of Chiropractic all over the world. Since the early 1900’s, SOT has consistently delivered
exceptional results while emphasizing patient comfort.
Your first treatment
Prior to your first visit, we will mail you forms to complete, including a health history, a dietary report
form, and a complete “Health Appraisal Questionnaire”, which you will complete and bring to your
The first appointment is an hour long, at which we meet to discuss the problems which bring you
in. A complete chiropractic physical exam is performed. This is done while the patient is
completely dressed. The evaluation includes hundreds of “indicators” specific to SOT, as well as
other traditional tests and measures. If necessary, blood work or x-rays may be ordered.
Based on the findings of the examination, you will be placed in one of three “categories” for
treatment. A specific system of treatment is instituted taking into account the ongoing changes
that occur while healing. Your progress is monitored until changes in the indicators demonstrate
the need for different treatment procedures.
Benefits of SOT
One major advantage of SOT is that strongly forceful adjustments are often not necessary in the
treatment process. SOT adjustments may be gently administered, some using the force of gravity
and the patient’s body weight, while others use very light pressure. SOT treatments are always
very specific to your individual needs.
Our primary focus is upon structural stability and integrity as well as neurological function. The
basis of the human structure is the pelvis and the cranium. The spine, shoulders, neck, and head
sit upon the pelvis and are subject to the stresses and strains of gravity. These structures, as well
as the rest of the body, are functionally maintained and controlled by the brain through the nervous
system. Brain function is dependent upon optimal motion and alignment of the cranial bones and
cranial dura (the membrane around the brain and spinal cord.) All structures of the body are
essential to the integrity of the whole.
Additionally, organ function depends upon proper nerve supply from the spine. The spine, in turn,
receives nerve reflexes from the organs that can compromise spinal mechanics. Therefore, the
alignment, balance and optimal function of the cranium, pelvis, each spinal level, organs and all
the limbs are essential to optimal health.