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Muscle Energy Technique Certification

Approved for 8 Online Continuing Education Units/Credits (CEU's) for Pennsylvania Licensed Massage Therapists

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Introduction
History
Summary

muscle energy technique (MET) is a voluntary, low-force, isometric contraction performed in a pain-free position in which the client controls the corrective force by varying intensity in a precise direction. This maneuver can stretch the muscle and fascial tissues without causing further pain or harm to the client.1

METs can be defined as manual techniques used by a practitioner who stretches a muscle or group of muscles to a barrier and then applies a contract-relax method to further elongate the muscle to a new length. The practitioner applies a counterforce to the client’s lightly contracted muscle for 6 to 10 seconds as the dysfunctional joint is positioned at the end of its limited range of motion, and after the relaxation, the barrier is often felt to yield.2 METs have been found useful in reducing tone, mobilizing interstitial edema, and restoring the functional length of a muscle without inflicting the pain that traditional stretching can cause.

The father of muscle energy is Dr. Fred Mitchell, Sr., who took the work done in the 1940s by the osteopathic physician Dr. T.J. Ruddy on cervical spine muscle contractions against resistance and expanded these principles to treatment of the pelvis. His son, Fred Mitchell, Jr., continued the work after his father’s death in 1974 and produced the three-volume Muscle Energy Manual.

METs are an effective, safe, gentle manual therapy used to lengthen shortened, contracted, or spastic muscles; to reduce localized edema and vascular congestion; and to release stiff joints, myofascial adhesions, and trigger points. The client voluntarily contracts the muscle in a precisely controlled direction with varying intensity and the client, not the practitioner, controls the corrective force. Often, correcting the asymmetries of the skeletal system with MET to treat the muscular imbalance will relieve the pain and dysfunction that affects not just the local area but the entire locomotor system.

The lengthening of the muscle begins with an isometric contraction at the first point of resistance (the barrier) and continues with progressive lengthening into the next barrier. METs work best with deep breathing and use of the exhalation to assist in the release of the muscle fibers upon relaxation of the isometric contraction.

Taking the hypertonic tight muscle to its natural length allows the antagonist muscle to be facilitated and to be stronger after the application of MET. One commonly seen result is that the hip extensors are noticeably stronger after application of MET to the hip flexors. These hip extensors will test stronger with manual muscle testing and the lumbar spine will be more stable with active hip extension in a prone position.

Muscles can become readily shortened from disuse, immobilization, injury, and inflammation. The development of muscle hypertonicity, muscle tightness, muscle imbalances, and myofascial trigger points perpetuates the muscle dysfunction and leads to more compensatory movement patterns, so the sooner these dysfunctions are treated with MET, the better the client will feel.

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