Osteopath Mount Eliza

Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle Energy Technique (MET), was first described by Osteopath Fred Mitchell Sr in 1948, and further developed by Fred Mitchell Jnr. It is a form of osteopathic treatment in which the patient is placed in a precise position. The patient is asked to actively contract specific muscles, in a specific direction against a counter-force applied by the treating practitioner.

Some patients describe is as being similar to proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching. There is similarities between the two. Where PNF stretching is focusing on a particular muscle, MET is focusing on a specific joint range of motion. MET is particular useful with spinal complaints. It is a gentle alternative to manipulation. The position the patient is placed prior to application of the MET, is similar to the position a patient may be placed if the practitioner was to perform a manipulation.

The gentle approach of this technique works well with patients:

  • Who do not like manipulation
  • Who are suffering acute back pain
  • Children
  • The elderly
  • Other patients where manipulation is a contra-indication.

Osteopaths Mount Eliza at Victoria Sports & Rehabilitation Clinic utilise muscle energy technique regularly to tailor the best treatment approach for their clients. To make an appointment or for more information call the clinic on (03) 9787 7702.

References:
1. Fryer G. Muscle energy technique: An evidence-informed approach. Int J Osteopath Med. 2011;14(1):3-9.
2. Glossary of Osteopathic Terminology. American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. April 2009. p. 28. Retrieved 25 August 2012
3. PNF Stretching: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PNF_stretching

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