Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a technique that was developed in 1948 by Fred Mitchell, Sr, D.O. It is a form of manual therapy, widely used in physical therapy. The technique uses a muscle’s own energy in the form of gentle isometric contractions to relax and lengthen muscles. This technique is used to correct the body’s alignment and is particularly effective in the treatment of low back, neck, and sacroiliac pain and dysfunction. Our therapist at Rehab Associates will utilize these gentle techniques to correct alignment deficits. Once the body is aligned your body can move without pain and restrictions.
Muscle Energy Techniques can be used for any condition in which the goal is to cause relaxation and lengthening of the muscles and improve range of motion (ROM) in joints. 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 injury of muscles and joints. It is mainly used by individuals who have a range of motion dysfunction or asymmetry in the neck and back. These techniques are also effective in treating shoulder pain, scoliosis, sciatica, asymmetrical legs, hips, or arms, or to treat chronic muscle pain, stiffness or injury.
Studies have shown the effectiveness of MET in the treatment of patients with low back pain (LBP). In fact, in comparison with other interventions used in the treatment of low back pain, MET has been found to be an extremely effective. Studies show the positive results of MET when used alone or in combination with traditional therapy techniques. MET therapies were found to significantly improve patient function, as well as alleviate pain.
Rehab Associates physical therapists are experts in the use of muscle energy. Our therapists are able to use these techniques as a part of your therapy to significantly improve patient outcomes. These techniques are readily tolerated for patients even with high levels of pain. They are effective and results are immediate.