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Muscle Energy Technique - Pectoralis Major

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  Muscle Energy Technique - Pectoralis Major (Stuart Hinds)       Pectoralis Major - Common Trigger Point Sites   Useful Links Find a Trigger Point Professional in your area More Articles About Shoulder Pain More Articles About Rotator Cuff Injuries More Articles About Frozen Shoulder Neuromuscular Stretching NAT Professional Courses Certify as a Trigger Point Therapist Membership   About NAT Courses As a manual therapist or exercise professional, there is only one way to expand your business - education! Learning more skills increases the services that you offer and provides more opportunity for specialization. Every NAT course is designed...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's)

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Stuart Hinds - MET for Scalenes/SCM   Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) are increasingly being used to help dissipate trigger points - especially in cases of chronic shortening of the muscles METs are a broad classification of manual therapy methods directed at improving musculoskeletal function and reducing pain. Historically, the concept of METs emerged as a form of osteopathic manipulative diagnosis and treatment in which the patient’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 was first described in 1948 by Fred Mitchell, Sr., D.O....

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Muscle Energy Techniques - Treating Subscapularis

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Trigger Points in Subscapularis - it's important to include stretching as part of treatment. MET's may be extremely effective.   Time invested in understanding MET's will produce fast payback for every manual therapist Studies have shown that a combination of compression, stretching and Muscle Energy Techniques (MET's) are likely to produce better outcomes when treating trigger points, as compared to compression techniques alone. The term MET was first described in 1948 by Fred Mitchell, Sr., D.O. and MET's are today quite commonly used to treat somatic dysfunction, especially decreased range of motion, muscular hypertonicity, and pain. MET's are both effective and easy...

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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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