Muscle Energy Technique (MET)

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)

Its a type of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), designed to improve musculoskeletal function through mobilizing joints and stretching tight muscles and fascia, to reduce pain, and to improve circulation and lymphatic flow.


Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a manual therapy technique commonly used by our professionals physical therapists, osteopaths, and chiropractors. It involves the active participation of the patient to correct muscle imbalances, improve joint mobility, and reduce pain. MET aims to restore normal function and balance in the musculoskeletal system.

Activation of Muscles: Muscle Energy Technique involves the active contraction of specific muscles by the patient against a controlled counterforce applied by the therapist. This is done in a specific direction and position to target the affected joint or muscle group.

Stretching and Relaxation: After the muscle contraction, the patient relaxes while the therapist applies a gentle stretch to the targeted muscle or joint. This stretch is often performed in the opposite direction to the initial contraction.

Correcting Muscle Imbalances: MET is used to address muscle imbalances, such as muscle tightness or weakness, which can contribute to pain and dysfunction. By actively contracting the affected muscle, the patient can help rebalance muscle tension and restore normal movement patterns.

Enhancing Joint Mobility: MET can improve joint mobility by engaging the muscles around the joint. The active contraction followed by relaxation and stretching helps to lengthen and realign muscle fibers, reducing restrictions and promoting greater joint range of motion.

Pain Relief: MET can be effective in reducing pain by addressing muscle imbalances and improving joint function. By restoring balance and alignment, it can alleviate stress on joints, reduce muscle tension, and promote better overall movement.

MET is generally safe when performed by trained professionals. However, certain precautions should be taken, especially in cases of acute injuries, fractures, or certain medical conditions. It is important to communicate any underlying health issues or concerns to the therapist to ensure safe and effective treatment.


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