Reduces Tightness, Restricted Movement, Musculo-Skeletal Imbalances and Pain. Effective for Structural Imbalances, Back, Neck, Pelvic Respiratory Dysfunction.
Muscle Energy Technique is a technique whereby the practitioner can identify a dysfunction and by use of the patient’s active movement or resistance per request from a precise controlled position, in a specific direction and against a distinctly practitioner executed counter force increases range of motion and decreases muscular hypertonicity and pain.
The typical injury is when a traumatic jolt or over use of a muscle makes the muscle believe it is shorter then it really is. What one experiences in MET’s Resistive Positional Releasing: the practitioner positions the client’s body so that individual muscle fibers are lengthened to what it the sensory system thinks is the muscle’s maximum. The patient is asked to contract against resistance, hold and release. By releasing from the static position, the muscle lengthens even further.
Said in another way:It is a direct and active technique where the practitioner identifies a restrictive barrier in a muscle and requests the patient to contract their muscle isometrically or resist against the practitioners pressure. This results in the inhibition of the agonist or contracting muscle and a reciprocal inhibition of the paired opposing muscle or antagonist. As the patient relaxes, the muscles remain inhibited allowing further range of motion.. It is effective for structural imbalances, back, neck, pelvic respiratory dysfunction to name a few.
It was developed by Fred Mitchell, Sr, DO in 1948. Dr. Fred Mitchell Jr. along with Peter Moran and Neil Pruzzo, all Osteopaths, compiled a manual in 1973 of Mitchell Sr.’s work. Dr. Loren Rex who was a colleague of Dr. Mitchell, Jr. founded the Ursa Institute in Edmonds to teach scientifically-based effective manual techniques some of which include Muscle Energy Technique and Passive Positional Releasing.
One of his students, Rich Phaigh, an LMP, expanded on Mitchell’s work creating Onsen Technique Learning Materials which added Dr. Cyriax’s Cross Fiber work as corrections for some of the dysfunctions. Onsen is one attempt at simplifying a complex body of work and laying the groundwork for ease of documenting w/accurate assessment, positioning and painless corrections for muscles of the limbs, spine and pelvic and shoulder girdle. His additional corrective techniques and ways that the patients can prolong their long term relief with self care is useful. Julie Bacon, one of Rich’s students, teaches Onsen in Seattle.
Corinne has studied with Dr. Loren Rex and Julie Bacon. Over the years she has used some of these tools for healing and found it very effect. She does not claim to have mastered this art but is continuing to learn and referrs out when necessary.
Jerome uses similar principles as Muscle Energy Technique with the Reflex Response work used in conjunction with The Trager Approach and Joint Mobilization taught by Robert King, former president of the AMTA.