Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a manual therapy that uses the gentle muscle contractions of the patient to relax and lengthen muscles and normalize joint motion.
This technique helps reset muscle length neurologically. Your therapist will have you contract the affected muscle followed by a slight stretch. By completing a series of these contraction/stretch movements your muscle length can be reset neurologically back to where it should be. The end result will be reduced tension and pain.
Muscle energy techniques can be applied safely to almost any joint in the body. Many athletes use MET as a preventative measure to guard against future muscle and joint injury. It is mainly used by individuals who have a limited range of motion due to facet joint dysfunction in the neck and back, and for broader areas such as; shoulder pain, scoliosis, sciatica, unsymmetrical legs, hips or arms (for example when one is longer or higher then the other), or to treat chronic muscle pain, stiffness or injury.
Helps relax tight muscles