Muscle Energy

Muscle energy technique (MET) is a massage technique that is used to treat muscle spasms, improve ligament and muscle strength and increase range of motion. The client holds the joint at the limit of its motion in the direction most restricted while the therapist applies pressure.  The client pushes against this force, holding for 5 seconds. This muscle contraction is repeated 2 or 3 times in order to stretch the muscle further each time.

Muscle energy technique was developed by Dr. Fred Mitchell, an osteopath from the States. It is a non-invasive, hands-on therapy.  It can be used to treat nearly all the joints in the body safely and effectively.

Everyone can benefit from MET, particularly people suffering from restrictions in their movements, headache, backache, sciatica, scoliosis, and unsymmetrical legs, hips, or arms (when one is longer than the other).  Many athletes use MET as a preventative treatment against future muscle and joint injury.

For further information on muscle energy technique, consult with a registered massage therapist.