What is Muscle Energy Technique?

Muscle Energy Technique uses the muscle’s own energy to relax itself! Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

Within your muscle belly are tiny receptors known as the Golgi Tendon Organ (GTO) and the Muscle Spindles. The GTO detects changes in muscle tension during a contraction and stimulates relaxation of the muscle while the Muscle Spindles detects changes in muscle length (how much stretch) and stimulates a contraction of the muscle. Too confusing? Don’t worry about it! Remember when GTOs are activated, a relaxation response occurs and when Muscle Spindles are activated, a contraction response occurs.

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Muscle Energy Technique is a therapeutic stretch and exercise for everyone who moves. The increase in range of motion post-MET treatment is immediate.

Information for First Time Patients

Muscle Energy Technique is an active technique in which you are also an active participant. There are a lot of maneuvers and contraction patterns within MET but they fall within one of four categories:

  1. Post-Isometric Relaxation (PIR)

Your practitioner will bring your joint to a position in your range of motion where some distance is achieve. At this point, you would be asked to push against your practitioner (contracting the affected muscle belly) with 10-20% of your strength for 5-8 seconds before relaxing. The practitioner will then bring you to the new barrier where the exercise would be repeated.

  1. Reciprocal Inhibition (RI)

While seeming similar to (PIR), Reciprocal Inhibition is done with the contraction of the opposing belly. If we are working to release the hamstrings, we would contract the hamstring in PIR but the quadriceps (opposing muscle) in Reciprocal Inhibition.

  1. Concentric Isotonic Contractions
  2. Eccentric Isotonic Contractions

It is difficult to understand the differences between the categories due to the complexity of a muscle contraction but don’t worry! You do not have to understand how it works to experience the benefits. Our practitioners will give you clear instructions of what to do so you can achieve the results you desire.

MET is a therapeutic stretch and exercise for everyone who moves. MET uses your own body to facilitate improvement in range of motion and flexibility. 

If you are suffering from back or neck tightness, and find that your movement is lesser on one side, MET will be able to help you restore symmetrical movement.

The increase in range of motion and improvement in range of motion after MET treatment is immediate. Because the therapy involves your participation, the results tends to provide longer lasting relief.