Muscle Energy Technique

Did you know muscle energy techniques (or MET) is based on the principle of reciprocal inhibition, a theory that explains that muscles on one side of a joint will always relax to accommodate the contraction of muscles on the other side of that joint when indirect pressure is applied. MET is often applied to patients who suffer from muscle spasms. This form of muscular therapy makes use of a patient’s own muscle energy (the force); while the therapist presents a stationary surface (or anti-force) the patient will contract their muscle against in order to stretch the muscle and joint to its full potential.

Many people suffer from Sciatica and Back. In the gluteal region, the piriformis muscle can compress the sciatic nerve, creating a condition known as piriformis syndrome. In some cases, you want to avoid putting direct pressure on the region of nerve entrapment, however, muscle energy technique (MET) stretching is a great option in this case. Training is required to learn how and when to use the (MET) system.

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Posted on July 15, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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