Adam Wilson - Thursday, December 31, 2020

Welcome to this winter season’s Expression article. We have been working our way through the Thoracics which appear as majors in the CMRT work. DeJarne􀆩e observed occipital fibres were related to thoracic and lumbar vertebral levels. In 1965, he also noted that the thoracic and lumbar majors were exhibited at various points around the temporal bone and called these the temporal sphenoidal reflex points. A seminar held in 1965 urged those in a􀆩endance to return to the field and keep research tabula􀆟ons on their findings.

Foremost, in this research was Dr. Mel Rees of Sedan, Kansas who combined the TS reflexes with the bloodless surgery work. To follow this series you will need a copy of the TS reflex chart available from Averil at SOTO Australasia (phone 07 5442 3322).

If T7 is ac􀆟ve as a TS and hurts to palpatory pressure, then you have a spleen and re􀆟culo endothelial system abnormality. In SOT, we learn that to restore health you must normalise the lympha􀆟c and cerebral spinal fluid systems. T7 is an important reflex when found. The lymph nodes and channels must not be impeded or a disease process can quickly overcome the body’s figh􀆟ng ability. With a T7 major you have a logis􀆟cs problem of a breakdown in the carry off of

poisons and debris from a focus of infec􀆟on.

The results of the phagocytosis ba􀆩le must be carried from the ba􀆩le field by the lympha􀆟c channels or else a quick pile up of pus turns the 􀆟de of ba􀆩le in favour of the invading agents. The same holds true for the spleen which is really only a large lymph node with some added func􀆟ons. So, with a TS T7, we are thinking in terms of clearing the lympha􀆟c channels, the lymph nodes and the spleen, through bloodless surgery technics.

You must remember that in all thoracic seven majors you are dealing with pathologies that produce blood platelets changes that the overloaded spleen must a􀆩empt to cull out from normal blood platelets. You may be dealing with malignant blood changes if your dorsal seven has degenerated into reac􀆟ve trapezius seven major. The temporal sphenoidal T7 behind the ear cause ves􀆟bular apparatus problems. This is why T7’s with swollen ankles are always dizzy, and why T7 majors with oedema and ascites that accumula􀆟on of fluid in the peritoneal cavity, are always dizzy. By far the most dorsal seven pa􀆟ents you will see will have plenty of fight le􀅌 and all you have to do is clear their lympha􀆟cs so they have a figh􀆟ng chance.
In SOT, we learn that to restore health you must normalise the lymphatic and cerebral spinal fluid systems.
Bloodless Surgery T7 Work
At this stage, it is recommended that you, our Expression reader, review your seminar notes for CMRT T7. Dr. Rees’ protocol always begins with a TS contact and receptor block so as to make the bloodless surgery more comfortable. Much of Dr. Rees study came from DeJarne 􀆩e’s research papers on bloodless surgery as taught by Dr. Keith Surtees, at the Kansas State Chiroprac􀆟c College, who had spent many hours co‐ordina􀆟ng the material. DeJarne􀆩e’s 1966 work on CMRT which is the standard text, is available from SOTO Australasia. Our yearly seminar notes are a summary of this work.

And now, the ten steps of lympha􀆟c/spleen bloodless surgery:

Step 1

You are seated to the right of your supine pa􀆟ent during the first steps. Mark your TS7 palpatory tender areas on the skull. Dr. DeJarne􀆩e designated a point 1 inch inferior of the umbilicus as the ‘receptor block’ reflex for T7. This area will be palpatory painful with only mild pressure. On line with the nipples, in the middle of the sternum is the pre‐ganglionic area that you have already got to know from previous wri􀆟ngs in this series. In a T7 reflex pa􀆟ent this area will be found to be extremely tender.

Step 2

Hold the previously located tender T7 TS area on the skull with a le􀅌 hand finger contact; your right hand finger􀆟p holds light pressure over the area 1 inch inferior to the umbilicus receptor block area.
This holding procedure, of one minute dura􀆟on stops the reflex arc oscilla􀆟on.
Now comes the real meat of the procedure. You have removed the distor􀆟onal pain and can now restore vitality. With a le􀅌 hand contact over the rib cage and a right hand finger􀆟p contact at one inch inferior to the umbilicus you now proceed in this manner to clear the thoracic cysterna chyli of lympha􀆟c pooling. Your right hand contact is aimed at the seventh thoracic vertebra and with mild pressure you slowly gain deep 􀆟ssue contact. While holding this deep contact the le􀅌 rib cage contact does three pumping ac􀆟on manoeuvres. You now pressure palpate in a six inch circle around the umbilicus. When a tender area is found you go in deep and flip it. This simply means you let go of your pressure suddenly with a flip of the fingers. With this accomplished, you now have cleared the cisterna chyli pooling and intes􀆟nal lympha􀆟c pooling. Now you must clear the liver and spleen lympha􀆟cs.

Winter is the perfect time to hone in on your T7 Skills!
Step 4

This is accomplished with the ‘splenic pump’ and the ‘liver pump’ techniques. You are taking advantage of the fact that all lympha􀆟c channels are one way streets. These channels have numerous one way valves built into them. As you push lymph out of a congested area, it can only flow in one direc􀆟on which is away from the congested organ. The splenic pump seems to have been forgo􀆩en in the 1966 work and in modern 􀆟mes. We feel this is a shame as it is a great procedure.

The hands are working together in a pumping ac􀆟on ….. express impeded lymph into proper channels. The same pumping ac􀆟on is used at the liver area; each are pumped five 􀆟mes.

Step 5

Next, the major ‘bo􀆩le neck’ areas in the lympha􀆟c system must be cleared of impeded flow. We have included a diagram that shows the areas of lymph conges􀆟on. To review (see diagram one).
The blocked areas are:

  1. Axilla glands which drain the arm, upper thoracic and breast.
  2. Cervical glands, sternomastoid gland, submental and submaxillar glands that drain the head.
  3. Superficial cubital glands at the elbow which drain the forearm.
  4. The Inguinal glands which drain the legs and external genitals.
  5. The spleen, that culls out the blood stream, amongst other func􀆟ons.
  6. The liver and intes􀆟nal glands (where half of the body’s lymph is derived).
  7. Cisterna chyli; that dilated sac that lies between the main azygous vein and the aorta, opposite the first and second lumbar vertebrae. It receives the intes􀆟nal, two lumbar and two descending lympha􀆟c trunks and gives origin to the thoracic duct.

First, the superficial cubital glands at the bend of the elbow are cleared out by simply placing a flat hand contact in the bend of the elbow and then working the elbow in extension and flexion five 􀆟mes. This drains the forearm.

Next the axilla lympha􀆟cs are pumped using the rolled towel method as outlined in your seminar notes. These, of course, are done bilaterally, thus draining the arm, upper thoracic and breast areas.

Step 6

One you are familiar with from CMRT is the bilateral thumb drainage which clears the clavicular area lympha 􀆟cs draining the bronchial tree, lungs, pleura and pericardium. You are seated at the head of the supine pa􀆟ent. Thumb contact is along the superior border of the clavicles at the most medial aspect.

Intra Orals 2018

- Friday, March 23, 2018

New Program - 16 September 2018
For the first time in Australia learn the contacts to complete these adjustments without an assistant.
Usually taught as four handed with an assistant, these modifications make the adjustments easier to apply.

In this afternoon SOT advanced module we will leap straight into the Cranials associated with the Category One, which is the Intra-oral cranial adjusting.
Intra-oral corrective protocols will often succeed when extra-oral corrections are not making the desired changes.
This will be predominately a practical session studying the indicators, visual and static analysis, the hand holds and the vectors of correction.

A prior knowledge of the categories and cranial non-specifics will be necessary as the session will move beyond this foundation.

Take your S.O.T to the next level by learning these new skills or refine your mastered skills

For registration details

2017/2018 Board Nominations

- Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017/2018 Board Nominations

Things are getting exciting in SOT-land. We have almost finished our teaching series for the year and have the grand finale, our Annual Convention in Sydney, creeping up on us. The Board are working hard to ensure the weekend with Jesper Dahl is one that is relevant and inspiring. Make sure you book your spot ASAP.

The Annual Convention also signals that it is AGM time. At last year's AGM, the membership voted to change the structure of how we elect SOTOA Board members. It was decided that;
"A member wishing to be nominated to the Board of Directors, shall deposit at the registered office of the Company by 5:00 pm not less than 28 days before the date of the nominated AGM, for distribution with the notification of the AGM, a seconded nomination of their intent to hold office of the Company that will be voted upon at the AGM."

This new business was suggested to show transparency of the election process and give members the benefit to make a considered opinion on who will represent them as directors of the board. All members and re-election of current board members intending to stand for office shall indicate their intent in writing by notifying the secretary 28 days prior to the AGM so it can be included with the Notice Paper of the AGM. Board terms last two years and are staggered to ensure continuity of information.
At this year’s AGM, being held on Saturday 18 November in Sydney the current Board members who are up for re-election are Dr Tori Keevy and Dr Sarah Mannes, plus the yearly re-election of the current President, Dr Jo Sexton.

Being a part of the Board means you hold the privilege of helping to direct and shape the incredible community of SOTOA and help to nurture the further growth of SOT in Australia.
SOTO A Mission Statement
The mission of SOTO Australasia is for SOT to be recognised as an integral part of every chiropractic practice. 
If you are wanting to be a part of the fabulous team that directs SOTOA, please ensure your nomination is complete and received by no later than 5.00pm, on Saturday 21st October -
SOTO Office, C/- Jacquie Strudwick, PO BOX 2310, Burleigh BC, QLD 4220
Or via email –, an interactive board nomination form will also be available on our SOTO website.
 The final vote will occur at the AGM held in Sydney on the 18 September 2017 @ Primus Hotel, in SYDNEY. Proxy votes for the AGM, will also be available.

For your convenience, we have attached a nomination form here and some guidelines / information about what it means to be a member serving on the SOTOA Board.

Kind Regards

Dr Josephine Sexton
SOTO A President

Tongue Tie with Jo Sexton

- Monday, May 02, 2016

In August, I am excited to be part of the team that is presenting Unravelling Tongue Tie. As a chiropractor and a mother of three, I’m extremely passionate about enabling breastfeeding. Tongue Tie (ankyloglossia) is a controversial[i], often misunderstood and mis-diagnosed condition.[ii] It’s time we got some clarity.

The tongue has an important role to play in breastfeeding[iii], speech[iv], cranial development and teeth positioning[v].  Ankyloglossia is conservatively estimated to affect 3.5-5% of infants[vi] - that’s 1 in 20 babies!

This course aims to give you the latest in research and clinical thinking around ankyloglossia, to empower you to confidently diagnose the condition, refer appropriately and manage the neurological implications of the tongue restriction.

I was a mother that had to navigate a system that was not informed enough on this topic. It was hard on my baby, my body and my family.  We know that ankyloglossia has a significant effect on successful breastfeeding. [vii] If you work with kids and care about breastfeeding, you need to be skilled in this area. Dr Sandy Clarke and I are excited to share this information with you. Let’s get more babies breastfeeding!

[i] Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2000 Aug 31;54(2-3):123-31.

Ankyloglossia: controversies in management.

Messner AH1Lalakea ML


[ii] J Periodontol. 2009 Aug;80(8):1204-19. doi: 10.1902/jop.2009.090086.

Ankyloglossia: facts and myths in diagnosis and treatment.

Suter VG1Bornstein MM.


[iii] Pediatrics. 2008 Jul;122(1):e188-94. doi: 10.1542/peds.2007-2553. Epub 2008 Jun 23.

Frenulotomy for breastfeeding infants with ankyloglossia: effect on milk removal and sucking mechanism as imaged by ultrasound.

Geddes DT1Langton DBGollow IJacobs LAHartmann PESimmer K.


[iv] Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Dec;127(6):539-45.

The effect of ankyloglossia on speech in children.

Messner AH1Lalakea ML.


[vi] [Diagnosis and management of ankyloglossia in young children].

[Article in French]

Veyssiere A1Kun-Darbois JD2Paulus C3Chatellier A2Caillot A2Bénateau H4.


[vii] J Am Board Fam Pract. 2005 Jan-Feb;18(1):1-7.

Newborn tongue-tie: prevalence and effect on breast-feeding.

Ricke LA1Baker NJMadlon-Kay DJDeFor TA.


Back by popular demand........Unravelling Tongue Tie

- Thursday, March 10, 2016
Breaking News.

Unravelling Tongue Tie
27 August 2016

¨ Presenting the tongue tie child and mother

¨ A Chiropractors perspective and how cranial work is beneficial

¨ Neurological implications  and understanding

¨ Assessment and adjusting

¨ Finishing with - Tying it all together. The whole picture


SAVE THE DATE. More details coming soon....

2016 SOTO A Board Members

- Thursday, October 29, 2015
Introducing your SOTO A 2016 Board Members

Meet the 2015 SOTO Australasia Board

- Thursday, November 13, 2014

8 Minutes with Dr. John Crescione

- Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Dr Gerald Vargas interviews Dr Cresione to find out what we can expect in Hobart, Tasmania on November 1 and 2.
Annual Convention 2014 John Crescione and Gerald Vargas interview

2014 Certification Exams - Sydney

- Monday, September 08, 2014
Certification Exams will be held in Sydney on 22 November 2014

Rydges Central Sydney
28 Albion Street
Surry Hills

Registration - 2 pm

For further information on guidelines please visit
or Contact Jacquie at the office (07) 55 762 132

From the President Winter 2014

- Thursday, August 14, 2014
Dear Colleagues,
We hope that you all have been enjoying our winter season for 2014.

Happy Birthday to SOTO-A!

I am very excited to announce that we have reached a milestone, SOTO-Australasia is celebrating 40 years of SOT seminars and education in Australia since its inception in 1974. This is indeed a time to celebrate and relish where we started as an organisation and how far our we have come. It is certainly not without the extraordinary effort of many that have worked tirelessly for a greater purpose to see the development of a legacy continue.

Mid Year Retreat

Set in the beautiful backdrop of Noosa, it was certainly a great place to escape the winter cold, and learn some great techniques from a couple of our founding members.
I could not think of a better way to start celebrations, than to have two of our early pioneers and first SOTO-A president Dr Scott Parker and Dr Keith Bastian, present at our Mid Year Retreat. It was so appropriate to have these 2 extraordinary gentleman come together again to share their knowledge and love of SOT. The seminar did cover some great clinical gems, and some innovative work that was exciting to see.

Annual Convention

This year for our Annual convention, we have the pleasure of having past SORSI president, Chiropractor of the year (SORSI) and Chiropractor to the New York Jets, Dr John Crescione come to visit our shores. His extensive background in martial arts, acupuncture together with his comprehensive knowledge of CMRT, is the right formula for an exciting seminar on the 1-2 November in Hobart. Dr Crescione will be presenting ‘Advanced CMRT, with the focus of concepts that involve TCM, advanced line fibre work and added visceral corrections. Right in the heart of the city, with the Salamanca markets close by, chosen by lonely plants top 5 destinations of the world, will look to be the perfect location for a great seminar.  Definitely one not one to be missed..

Board Direction

This year the board has been working hard to direct our focus to the internal functions of the organisation, by furthering our structure and planning.  One of the key areas that we have been addressing has been the allocation of key roles for each board member. This has allowed us to work more cohesively, giving each board member key responsibilities and roles to serve. Our plan to have seminars organised two to three years in advance is proving to work to our advantage, as we prepare and lock in speakers, venues and dates, saving us time and improving negotiations. Having Jacquie now move into her second year with SOTO-A is certainly making things easier for her, as she gains in more confidence as co-ordinator.

New Zealand

We are also proud to announce that we will be having a presence in New Zealand’s Lyceum on the 19-21st September, as they also celebrate their 20 year anniversary of the NZCC. It is our intention to help build and support SOT in NZ, as our fellow Tasman brothers and sisters. It is always a great pleasure to return to Lyceum and be part of the celebrations. If you attending be sure to visit us at the stands and pick up information about next year’s series and locations.


For this year’s SORSI homecoming seminar, scheduled for Houston Texas 22-26th October, I have had the pleasure of being invited to present. This is indeed an honour and a privilege, to be part of this international seminar. I also look forward to representing SOTO-A, as president, at the international meeting.

Seminar Series

As we reach the end of our SOT basic series, I wish to extend a sincere thank you, on behalf of the SOTO-A board, to all our ‘Table Educators ‘ and ‘Assistant Table Educators for their time, energy and commitment to helping the organisation produce a successful seminar series. I wish to acknowledge Drs. Trudi Bellis, Joanne Bickett, Bec Bowring, Shaun Cashman, Maree Chilton, Steve Doig, Michael Dunn, Krystall Ford, Richard Foskett, Marc Frochot, Peter Grant, Samantha Haitsma, Marti Harris, Fiona Haughie, Jana Judd, Sarah Mannes, Tim Mannes, Patrick McCann, Sally Mikhael, Belinda Owen, Linda Power, Georgia Quinn, Jo Sexton, Christian Varney, Luke Varney, Carmel Whelan, Jim Whittle, Stephanie Willis, Tori Wright, Emma Zappia.

You were indeed chosen, and please consider it an honour to be selected amongst the many and a reflection of your hard work in practising SOT with excellence. To our Primary Educators, Drs Sam Culley, Brett Houlden, Troy Miles, Andrew Paul, thank you for your dedication and ability to convey and teach the principles and techniques of SOT to the delegates. We are grateful for your involvement.

Advanced Module

Our advanced module for 2014, will be ‘Intraorals’, presented by Dr Brett Houlden and Dr Troy Miles in Melbourne on 11th October between 12.30 pm – 6.00 pm . If you haven’t registered yet, there may still be some spots left.

2015 Mid Year Retreat

We are also excited to announce that our 2015 Mid Year Retreat will be held in Fiji in July next year Dr Jo Sexton and Dr Sandy Clarke will be taking us through looking at the ‘Tounge Tie & Peads Neuro etc etc, with Specific dates and venue to be released soon.

2015 Seminar Series

Our dates and locations are locked in for next year For those of you who would like to help out during next year’s series, as either a Table Educator (TE) or Assistant Table Educator (ATE), be sure to let Jacquie know be sending her an email at to be considered.
Finally, our high caliber of SOT practitioners that we have both here in Australia and New Zealand, is a reflection of dedication by a passionate board, good structured and consistent seminars second to none internationally, a forum to allow growth and expansion of SOT principles, a group of well trained Primary educators, and a supportive team of table and assistant table educators. Not to mention to co-ordinator that keeps the wheels in motion, which at times can prove to be challenging with a group of visionaries. Not so easy.  At the end, then you get to take it to the test, by deciding to sit your ‘Certification exams’.

Why would you??

You would because you owe it to yourself, your patients that come to you for help, and your community that needs what you have to offer. This would not be possible if we wanted to live and easy and comfortable life. Rather we challenge ourselves to grow, both professionally and within a framework that you can trust in, one that will always let you know what outcome has been achieved at any stage. If Chiropractic and SOT is to emerge from this time of change in our profession, then you owe it to yourself to be the best you can be, and strive for excellence.
If you are considering sitting your certification exams, do it!! It will be the best decision that you make, and one that you will look back with gratitude that you took the challenge.

Our certification this year is scheduled for 22 November 2014 in Sydney. If this is something that you want to do, be sure to contact the office.

I wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you all at our next SOT event.

Yours in SOT,
Dr. Gerald Vargas

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