Muscle Energy Techniques
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) are usually used to treat:
- impaired or altered function (somatic dysfunction)
- decreased range of motion
- muscular hypertonicity
- localised pain
The Golgi tendon reflex is activated by resisted contraction and the muscles relax by neurophysiological reflex.
I first palpate the hypertonic muscle while testing the range of movement of the restricted joint. Then I usually ask the patient to move the relevant part of the joint towards the position of ease while I am providing isometric counterforce. This is held for 3 to 5 seconds. After complete relaxation, I move the joint further into a new barrier and I repeat the whole procedure as often as is necessary until the physiologic limits are restored.
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ECOP (2011) "Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.