News from the President Autumn 2014

Jacquie Strudwick - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Dear Colleagues,

At SOTO-Australasia, we trust that you’ve started the year running and things are growing positively in your lives and practice. I would also like to welcome and acknowledge our new and existing members, and sincerely thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to our organisation. Without such, we could not continue to deliver a high standard of educational seminars and service to the membership.
I would also like to acknowledge Dr Scott Wustenburg for his service and commitment whilst on the board during 2012-2013. On behalf of SOTO-A, we sincerely appreciate your efforts and wish you the very best.

To our relatively new co-ordinator, Jacquie Strudwick, we thank you for your hard work and perseverance in helping the organisation run smoothly and look forward to your ongoing involvement.
Our well anticipated seminar series for 2014 is well underway, with the help of our valued Primary Educators and assisting educators to deliver and teach Dr DeJarnette’s legacy and knowledge of SOT.

Recent Board Meeting:

At our recent planning meeting in March, we have discussed plans to develop more seminars with allied health professional such as dentists, lactation consultants and the like, to support and share information that will benefit each profession. It is also our aim to foster and encourage the expansion of SOT knowledge and techniques, whilst keeping our foundations strong and steady. By doing so, we allow SOT to move into other realms of development, keeping it fresh, current and innovative. We have also looked more closely at redefining our statement of purpose as an organisation which is part of what steers the direction in which we head. We have also strategically looked at how we can become more effective in how we serve the membership, by introducing in the near future webinars and online modules for furthering SOT information. We will be also updating much of our SOT brochures to be referenced by scientific literature, giving you a solid platform.

Mid Year Retreat:

We are excited to announce our well anticipated seminar, by SOT legends Dr Scott Parker and Dr Keith Bastian. It has been sometime since these two SOT great’s have presented together in such beautiful and luscious surroundings such as Noosa scheduled for 11-12 July, titled “Gems from the legends”. For those of you who are new or unfamiliar to the history of SOT, both these gentlemen have been instrumental to the foundation and development of SOT in Australia, as original students of Major DeJarnette. Dr Scott Parker was our very first SOTO-A president.
They will be presenting “Advanced Categories and Advanced Cranial’s”. This will be undoubtedly one to book well in advance...

Advanced Module:

This year we will be presenting “Intra-oral Cranial’s”, with Dr Brett Holden and Dr Troy Miles in Melbourne, Victoria on the 11th October, as a part of our advanced module. Both presenters are very well versed in the arena of Craniopathy and will outline and demonstrate procedures to address specific cranial dysfunction. In addition, you will learn what indicators, both visual and static, together with specific indicator testing to know where and what cranial bone to adjust. This will include assessment and corrections for the occiput, temporal and frontal bones respectfully
Please see our website for registration details or call Jacquie at SOTO – A HQ.

Annual Convention:


It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome Dr Crescione onto our shores for the 2014 Annual Convention located in the heart of Hobart, Tasmania 1-2 November.
Voted as 2004 International Chiropractor of the year, former chiropractor to the New York Jets football team and past president and Vice president of SORSI over numerous years; Dr Crescione brings his extensive knowledge of visceral dysfunction and applications for what began as “ Bloodless surgery”.
Dr Crescione will present information on Advanced CMRT procedures, improved palpatory assessment of visceral systems, advanced line 1,2, 3 assessment and applications and much more. His engaging and dynamic personality has made him a well sought out as presenter both in the USA, but also Brazil and Korea. This is one definitely one not to be missed.

Lastly, on behalf of the board we hope you had a very happy and safe Easter, together with your loved ones, family and friends.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you as a part of our organisation.
Yours in SOT.
DR Gerald Vargas

2014 SOTO-A Board

Jacquie Strudwick - Tuesday, March 04, 2014


Jacquie Strudwick - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Dear SOT Colleagues,

Marc Pick Presents Cranial & Dissection

In response to much feedback from our members we have brought Dr Marc Pick back to share his amazing cranial and dissection knowledge.
It is an essential for anyone who wants a clear understanding of cranial motion and how to be most effective with your cranial adjusting.
A CA program will been presented again with a host of information aimed at all levels of CA experience.

Our Recent Board Meeting

The Board had a planning meeting earlier in the month to plan the next 3-5 years for the organisation. Also discussed and addressed was a marketing strategy to enhance our presence within the profession.  Recent Board activities have been to create pocket cards for the Advanced Modules, more SOT presence within the student body at the Universities, and organise mid year retreat, an advanced module and another extra extremity workshop in December by Jesper Dahl.
We now request that a waiver form be signed by all delegates at any SOT seminar to have consent for workshop and hands-on sessions. This is a standard requirement in organisational procedures.

More Portable Tables at our Seminars!

SOTO-A recently purchased another 34 portable couches to ensure all delegates have effective workshops at the Seminar Series. This was in response to feedback from the attendees that this area could be improved upon. Another area that needed improvement was the Table Educator to delegate ratio. This should be rectified next year though with the introduction of the new requirements for maintaining certification. To me, this results in a win-win situation all round. Delegates get a better experience and SOT education while the educators refresh their knowledge and become mentors for those new to SOT. It is also useful for our certainty in SOT when we are asked why we do what we do. De Jarnette was a brilliant man, but for the inquiring mind, modern theory and neurology is required to justify what we do in SOT. Our current Primary Educators do a fantastic job at explaining SOT at this level.

Jacquie our Coordinator has embraced the position and is eagerly anticipating our Annual Convention. Please ensure that you have updated our new headquarter details in your contacts.

SOTO-A delegates to Assist at SORSI Homecoming

Gerald Vargas, Brett Houlden and myself are heading over to the SORSI Homecoming in October to assist with their teaching of the International Basic Series. Also presenting will be Steve Williams, Marc Pick, Jon Howat, Suzanne Seekins and many more. I am immensely proud of the quality of our educating team and I know the “Australian Standard” is becoming renown. This is the first big step for SORSI to fully embrace the International teaching material and realise the global potential this holds for unity and further growth.

Lastly, good luck to those attempting the certification exams in November. I hope to see you all at the Annual Convention in Sydney.

Yours in Health,


Jacquie Strudwick - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Welcome to our final four articles on the CMRT and Bloodless Surgery work. For those who have been following this series, you will know we did the Gastro-Intestinal syndromes (T10, L1, L2 and L4) in 2012.
This year, we complete the work looking at kidney, glandular and prostate and uterine syndromes. This article is about kidney syndrome.

One principle you learn in SOT is that the CMRT work is part of Category One. However, in practice, you will notice that some involvement of organs takes place in Category Two patients. Indeed, you will have detected the ptosed kidney as part of your pre-blocking Category Two analysis and corrections.
Dr Rees started the CMRT/Bloodless Surgery series with kidney syndrome. This was published in the SORSI dispatches. The original article was two paragraphs long. We will print this section in full and then discuss the modern developments.

In July 1972 Dr Rees wrote:
“When T.S D11, 12 (temporal sphenoidal thoracic 11 and 12 reflex points are found just superior of the external auditory meatus) are active and “ouch” when palpated during your Temporal Sphenoidal search, then you may use the following bloodless surgery procedure.
1.    Raise kidney into normal position.
2.    Drain kidney congestion.
3.    Raise rib cage to hold kidney in normal position.
4.    In severe prolapsed kidney cases use an orthopaedic appliance to hold the kidney in position for 3 days.

Turn patient on side with involved kidney up. Hold the patient’s flexed knees to the chest with crossed arms. The patient now takes three deep breathing cycles as doctor goes in soft tissue below kidneys and at the same time raising tissue gaining at each breathing cycle. Doctor holds kidney up as patient straightens legs. Now doctor counts slowly to twenty and patient continues to keep legs straight as doctor does 12th rib raising technique. If the T.S 11-12 is now palpated it will be pain-free.”

The work has developed from 1966 to include the details and format we now have in CMRT. This includes the triad, pain map, signs symptoms and diathesis, reflex points, corrections for overactive and underactive types, post ganglionic procedure and patient management, including nutritional needs.

One of the projects of SOT International is to bring the nutrition aspect of CMRT up to date and to compare methods in the different world regions. Generally, there is a need for Vitamins A, C and E.

Simply, the kidney tubules are lined with mucous membrane. IF too little vitamin A is given these tubules soon become plugged with dead cells. Vitamin C is capable of increasing urine output. Vitamin E deficiency produces nephritis which also results in the tubules becoming so plugged with dead cells that urine cannot pass.

Enjoy your study and practice of SOT.

John S. Kyneur            Peter J. Kyneur
Sydney, NSW            Newcastle, NSW


Jacquie Strudwick - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Queenstown New Zealand, set a picturesque and majestic backdrop for much anticipated mid year retreat for SOTO-Australasia on 16-17 August. We were very excited and grateful to have a diverse line-up of presenters including myself, Dr Mark Postles, Dr Samantha Haitsma, Dr Andrew Paul and Dr Darren Little
I had the pleasure of starting the 2 day “doctor sharing seminar” outlining advanced concepts and procedures using CMRT, while discussing the neurology of line 1 and line 2 fibres. Dr Mark Postles presented a great thought provoking discussion on concepts of how structure on a biological level, also reflects on how we practice and communicate Chiropractic.

Day 2 started with Dr Sam Haitsma discussing the effect of modern diet on the development of facial structures, while presenting a great discourse on the benefits of a raw, unprocessed diet for healthy growing children.  Dr Andrew Paul, shared some great technique’s involving tonal upper cervical corrections from Dr Steve Hoffman. The seminar concluded with DR Darren Little outlining some of Dr John Farmer’s work with his Palate - Falx cranial corrections which was well received.

All in all, the weekend was a huge success and enjoyed by all, not to mention the breathtaking views and best that Queenstown had to offer. As a group we enjoyed the company of each other, together with the delegates families, in great dining and skiing not to mention.

We look forward to you joining us next year for what looks to be a regular event on the SOT calendar.

Yours in SOT.

Gerald Vargas.


Jacquie Strudwick - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Back by Popular Demand

Oaks on Market, Melbourne - Sunday 1 December, 2013

We are excited to have Jesper back in Australia following on from his presentation at our Annual Convention in 2012 at beautiful Kingscliff.

Many of you who attended in 2012 wanted to see more!  This time Jesper will delve into the mechanics of walking and running at optimal performance.  These extra tools will increase your options  to care for your athletes and sports-minded patients and have them improving their performances and individual goals.

The venue is Oaks on Market in Melbourne and is scheduled for an 8:30 start on Sunday 1 December, 2013.

Jesper will cover these topics and more -
  • The ‘spinal engine’ and trunkal rotation control
  • Public symphysis - the forgotten pelvic joint/athletic pubalgia
  • Hip joint in postural support and movement
  • The knee as a linkage in gait - runners knee
  • Foot wear? / Foot where?
Call  or email Jacquie at SOTO-A HQ to reserve your place. 07 5576 2132 sotoa@

Latest 2013 Annual Convention News

Jacquie Strudwick - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2013 SOTO - Australasia Annual Convention 

Advanced Cranial Motion Dynamics and 

Enhanced Therapeutic Application of SOT Cranial Technique

has been assessed by the Chiropractors' Association of Australia (National) Ltd and allocated

  13.5 Formal Learning Activity Hours.

Dr Marc Pick presenting

  • The far-reaching effects that cranial adjusting has on the spinal and cranial systems.
  • Review the major cranial bones individually and collectively.
  • Cranial motion dynamics in 2D and 3D
  • The correlation between cranial adjusting and pelvic blocking.
  • Investigate adjunctive procedures that target specific neurological sites within the brain, brain stem, cerebellum and spinal systems.
  • Marc will introduce his unique 'Focal Point Recording' protocol for enhanced record keeping and patient treatment recall.

Certification Exams

Student Program

‘Graduating into SOT’ Workshop

Get up close and personal with Dr. Tori Wright and Dr. Troy Miles covering

  • Get up close and personal with Dr. Tori Wright and Dr. Troy Miles covering
  • How to utilise and integrate SOT into practice.  
  • How a SOT chiropractor is different and unique,  and what that will mean to how you practice.  
  • Why is SOT such a popular technique?  
  • How to go from student to associate and tips on how to find the right practice for you 
  • Open Q&A forum on the ups and downs of starting in practice.

CA Program 

Violet Wasson started her CA career as a patient and was fortunate enough to be exposed to “the big idea” in fact she was so excited about it that her Chiropractor offered her a job. 

  • How to explain the fundamentals of SOT to patients
  • Introducing a new patient to SOT Chiropractic care, summarising Categories, CMRT and Cranial and why these areas are important to address.
  • Blocking, activator instrument use, Correct Trochanteric belt use
  • How their (CA) message facilitates the philosophy of SOT, Nomenclature for SOT
  • Common mistakes a CA makes
  • How to serve without being a pushover
  • Extraordinary service
  • Priorities at the Front desk
  • Good language-using correct language to promote a positive healing environment
  • A brief history of Chiropractic and SOT
  • Demonstrations of some basic cranial assisting techniques
  • Structure for a spinal care class


Saturday Night Function 

  • SOTO Australasia function at Italian Village in Circular Quay
  • All inclusive with full registrations
  • 3 course Dinner
  • Drinks included
  • Dancing
  • 7.00 pm - 11.30 pm

Delegate guests are welcome to attend - see registration form for details.

Intercontinental Hotel - SYDNEY

117 Macquarie Street
Sydney 2000
Intercontinental Hotel are now accepting hotel reservations for our upcoming event. Through the below link you can book a secured price per night or call the hotel and book direct, ensure you link your booking to the SOTO Conference.


Early Bird Discount

Register before 30 September to receive a $50.00 discount

Registration forms available here

2013 Annual Convention & AGM Registration2013 Annual Convention & AGM Registration 08-Jul-2013 (296 KB)



For more information on
Marc Pick -
Intercontinental Hotel -
Italian Village Circular Quay -

SOT………… An Integral Part of EVERY Chiropractic Practice!


Jacquie Strudwick - Saturday, May 04, 2013

A full weekend of SOT certification exams, presentations, gala dinner and loads of SOT fun.



Marc G. Pick is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California since 1973. In a desire to enhance his services, he attended Emperors College of Traditional Oriental Medicine from 1987-92, and in 1997, he completed the American Chiropractic Association’s 300 hour postgraduate course in Neurology.

He earned his Diplomat and Fellowship status in Craniopathy through the International Craniopathic Society sponsored by the Sacro-Occipital Research Society International (SORSI) and has lectured throughout the United States, Japan, Korea, Australia, England, France, Canada, Italy and Switzerland since 1979.

Since 1973, he has accomplished several thousand hours of human dissection and founded Project Human (the construction of a prosected latex humanoid cast from the parts of human cadavers).
One of Dr. Pick’s latest accomplishments is his creation of a latex fiber optic model of the Human Central & Peripheral Nervous System. This was placed on loan to the Wellcome Trust for their 2002 Exhibit that was displayed at the Museum of Science in London.

Naturally inquisitive about the intercranial impact of cranial manipulations, he began investigating the visual effects of cranial manipulations upon the intercranial structures during MRI scanning and was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) in 1994. His more recent work is the text, “Cranial Sutures”, published and released through Eastland Press. The text is a comprehensive guide to sutural analysis, morphology and manipulative strategies and is designed to aid the practitioner’s manipulative applications through a greater understanding of the skull’s interarticular relationships

We can’t wait to meet up with old friends, bring along your partners for a fantastic weekend in the city!

RMIT SOT Club News

Jacquie Strudwick - Saturday, May 04, 2013

Dr Troy Miles Presents at RMIT

A packed lecture theatre was the scene at RMIT earlier this year, as students from all year levels were captivated while Dr Troy Miles spoke about SOT.
Troy, a certified SOT Craniopath, has been coming to RMIT for 3 years to talk to the students about SOT and promote the series. Each year Troy covers the history and origin of SOT (even down to the story of Kodak), the anatomy of CSF and how that relates to the subluxation, the different SOT categories, CMRT and cranials.

His presentation was fun yet very informative. It left students with a deeper understanding of the philosophy of the SOT technic as well as its clinical relevance. This is incredibly valuable for all students, as SOT is not taught formally in the course until second semester of 5th year, even then it is only briefly touched on. He also gives the students the critical information they require if they wish to participate in the series, or apply for the SOT student scholarship.

Each year SOTO Australasia offers 2 half scholarships for the students from each university. The application process requires students to fill out a questionnaire about their understanding and experience of SOT. This year RMIT had a staggering 30 applications for the scholarship. I would like to congratulate our successful recipients Nyree Osbourne and Sarah Pye, both 5th year students whom have completed the series previously. From RMIT we will have 41 students completing the 2013 SOT series, which is significantly up on previous years. This is a credit to Dr Miles’ presentation and his commitment to the RMIT students.

This year the RMIT SOT Club will be running a number of in house technique nights to be held on campus. This will allow students to brush up on their new found knowledge and skills developed throughout the 2013 series. We also hope to have technique evenings at local Melbourne practices where we can utilise the experience of certified SOT practitioners.

A huge thank you must go to Dr Troy Miles for taking time out of his busy schedule to come to RMIT and talk about SOT and the 2013 series. His on going support of the students at RMIT is amazing and ensures students are exposed to the brilliance of SOT. Thanks must also be given to Dr Tori Wright for her fantastic work as the student coordinator.

As students we are truly excited to complete the 2013 series and mingle with other SOT practitioners.

Jake Currie - RMIT SOT Club President

Macquarie University SOT News

Jacquie Strudwick - Saturday, May 04, 2013

An introductory SOT presentation was held at Macquarie University recently. It allowed the chiropractic students at Macquarie to learn more about the technique, as it does not form part of the curriculum in the chiropractic degree.

Darren Little and Gerald Vargas explained the anatomy and physiology behind the technique. They reinforced the importance of the relationship between the skull and the sacrum, an optimally functioning nervous system and the prevention of dysfunction and instability through the promotion of health.

An introduction to the concepts of categories, the chiropractic manipulation reflex technique and cranial mechanisms allowed us to gain a basic understanding of the technique.

A demonstration at the end of the presentation showed us all the methods of treatment and how the tools used prove effective.

We are very grateful to Gerald and Darren for allowing us to gain an insight into the process and treatment of patients through this technique.

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