What is Muscle Energy Technique?
Muscle Energy Technique [MET] is defined as a form of soft-tissue treatment in which the patient’s muscles are actively used, on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed therapist-applied counterforce. The key defining element of MET is the use of an isometric contraction before subsequent stretching or movement of restricted tissues.
What conditions can MET treat?
MET is used to treat soft tissue or joint dysfunction, usually as part of a sequence of modalities, but sometimes alone. Some MET variations utilize isotonic eccentric contractions, where tissues are slowly stretched during a contraction. Variables include the degree of force used in the isometric contraction, the length of time this is sustained, for example five seconds or less than a second, the direction of applied force, for example, toward a restriction barrier or away from it, the degree of movement or stretching following the contraction, whether the altered position achieved is sustained or brief, and how many contraction repetitions are involved. Certain aspects of MET can be taught for safe self-application.
At Pro Remedial SA, our massage therapists are trained in the various forms of assessment and treatment utilizing MET as a beneficial adjunct to the management of a range of musculo-skeletal derangements, but particularly those effecting the lower back and pelvis.
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