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Trigger Point Blog — Muscle Energy Techniques

Understanding Muscle Energy Techniques (METs)

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   Muscle Energy Techniques Explained   What are METs and how and when should they be used? The purpose of today's blog is to explain the role of muscle energy techniques (METs) and to provide you with a clear understanding of when and why to employ this type of treatment. Manual therapists usually have a toolbox of various techniques at their disposal to help release and relax muscles, which will then assist the client's body to promote the healing mechanisms. METs, first described by Mitchell in 1948, are one such tool that if used correctly can have a major influence on the client's well-being.  ...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Postural and Phasic Muscles

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  Postural Muscles and Trigger Points - Dr. Jonathan Kuttner M.D.   Postural and Phasic Muscles It's often accepted that muscles that have a stabilizing function (postural) have a tendency to shorten when stressed, and other muscles that play a more active/moving role (phasic) have a tendency to lengthen and become inhibited. The muscles that tend to shorten have a primary postural role. However, there are some exceptions to the rule that certain muscles follow the pattern of becoming shortened while others become lengthened – some muscles are capable of modifying their structure. For example, certain authors suggest that the scalenes are...

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Muscle Energy Technique - Levator Scapulae

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MET for Levator Scapulae - John Gibbons   Learn More About MET's   MET's are increasingly being used by therapists in combination with trigger point therapy protocols Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's) emerged as a form of osteopathic manipulative diagnosis and treatment in which the client's muscles are actively used on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed counterforce from the practitioner.  MET Treatment for Levator Scapulae  For this treatment the client is supine. The therapist, while providing support, guides the client's head into a side bend, followed by flexion. If a resistance is felt prior...

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Trigger Point Therapy - MET Treatment of the TFL and ITB

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The soft tissue structure of the ITB has been shown through research not to change in length by even 1% using almost one ton of pressure   Free Home Study Course   I consider the following MET an appropriate procedure to be included within a treatment plan, as I feel that it will assist in some way to alter the “tone” of the TFL muscle, rather than altering the length of the connective tissue component, i.e. the ITB. It makes a lot more sense to me to use the PIR effect of METs on the TFL muscle, as I personally...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Muscle Energy Techniques for the SCM and the Scalenes

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  John Gibbons demonstrates muscle energy techniques for the Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) and the Scalenes   Sternocleidomastoid (SCM) This Sternocleidomastoid is a long strap muscle with two heads. It is sometimes injured at birth, and may be partly replaced by fibrous tissue that contracts to produce a torticollis (wry neck). A hugely important muscle for trigger point therapists. Generally speaking, the sternocleidomastoid is the muscle that most people feel hurting or tense when performing sit-ups. When short, it changes the position of the head on the neck, resulting in a forward-head posture; this sets up the foundation for kinetic chain pain and...

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