As I start to put pen to paper so to speak, I  cannot help but reflect on the chain of events which brought me to this crucial momentous period in my life where something I am about to write  will actually be published (hopefully).

Rest assured that I have never in the past, nor will ever in  the future, delude myself with the Idea that I am an author, even if I  use the term in the loosest meaning of the word, however there are  things which I have learned in my eight years of practice plus some techniques which evolved from a blending together of various techniques  and knowledge that the time has come to at least share some of this  knowledge with those of you who are receptive to new Ideas.

Early in December, 1981. Dr. Peter Bull, our devoted editor, and myself traveled to North Queensland to give a seminar based on X-Ray  Diagnosis, Sacro-Occipital Technique (S.O.T.) and a composite of  X-Ray/S.O.T. Diagnosis featuring a Central Gravity Line superimposed on  X-Ray films. Peter put the films together from category 1, 2 and 3  standing analysis criteria which I supplied. The first time that I saw  the films was during our composite presentation. Peter showed the films, I then gave a diagnosis using S.O.T. criteria and the adjustment required. The result was 99% accurate which not only pleased the seminar participants, but validate S.O.T. category analysis and impressed an  otherwise pessimistic Editor. And in the words of the Good Book “it came  to pass” that on the flight home, Peter asked me to do I series of  articles on my approach to S.O.T., especially the two versions of a  category 2 or sacroiliac problems.

Time however has not permitted that article to take shape, but  during the social of 13th February, I mentioned my technique for Torticollis to Lindsay Collins and Peter Bull and after a few more glasses of Riesling, I agreed to whip up an article on this particular technique using the Activator.

In future articles, I shall describe the whole approach of  S.O.T. including the two Category 2′s, where sacral balancing cranial  fits into the procedures and why the Deerfield Test is not conclusive re  pelvic/cervical analysis.

The activator technique for Torticollis is actually a  combination of the Dr.’s Fuhr and Lee Activator system and an Atlas analysis of the Sacro-Occipital Technique.

As you are all aware, or you should be, and rest assured if you  are not you will be before long, the acute Torticollis is not an easily  handled patient, the pain and muscle guarding make it almost if not  totally impossible to adjust the patient manually and while some  traction techniques are helpful, nothing can compare with the ease of  correction that the Activator can achieve with very little effort on the  part of the practitioner and absolutely no distress or discomfort to  the patient.

I always remember the words of Dr. Fuhr when he visited  Australia in 1974/75 “that the main fault of a chiropractors today is over adjusting.”

Chiropr J Aust. 1982; 2: 13-14.

Author information: Henningham M.

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