Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a manual therapy treatment and maintenance technique that is based on the principle of “reciprocal inhibition,” which means that “muscles on one side of a joint will typically relax to accommodate the contraction of muscles on the other side of that joint.” The technique uses a muscle’s own energy in the form of gentle contractions to help relax and lengthen the muscle.
What does Muscle Energy Technique do?
MET is a gentle, non-invasive method to isolate the small structural and supportive muscles of your spine and limbs. The technique is done as your are actively contracting, or moving specific areas. It is typically performed on individuals with limited range of motion due to neck and back facet joint dysfunction, and can be used for broader areas, like shoulder pain, unsymmetrical legs, hips or arms, chronic muscle pain, stiffness, injury, scoliosis and sciatica.
Would MET be good for me?
This technique is most commonly performed on candidates with limited range of motion due to neck and back pain. It is also beneficial for individuals suffering from scoliosis and sciatica. MET is also used for athletes as a preventative measure to guard against potential injury, however, MET can be beneficial for nearly anyone. This technique helps increase mobility of the hips and shoulders, which is helpful for moderate to active activity.
What are the benefits?
Muscle Energy Technique can help:
- Relieve pain
- Reduce edema
- Improve mobility of affected joints
- Increase Range of Motion
- Help prevent potential injury