Muscle Energy Techniques
Muscle Energy Therapy (MET) is a form of manual therapy, which uses the patient’s own muscle energy to relax and lengthen the muscles. What makes these really effective is that they can be used to lengthen a shortened, contractured or spastic muscle; to strengthen a physiologically weakened muscle or group of muscles; to reduce localised oedema and to mobilise an articulation with restricted mobility.
There are different types of MET:
- PIR or Post isometric Relaxation
- PNF or Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
- PFS or Post facilitative stretch
- Reciprocal Inhibition
The different techniques above are used in different scenarios of pain. For example, acute situations versus chronic situations. Throughout my clinical experience here at Oslo Kiropraktikk I have noticed they are particularly effective in patients who have severe pain from acute trauma, such as those with a whiplash injury from a car accident or a severe muscle spasm torticollis. They are also very effective in patients who have severely restricted motion from Osteoarthritis.
How do you know MET treatment can work for you?
If you are constantly trying to stretch muscles that never seem to release or lengthen no matter how many times you try.