Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) is used to improve musculoskeletal function or joint function, and improving pain.
Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) are a broad category of manual therapy techniques aimed at improving musculoskeletal or joint function as well as pain relief. It's a type of manual therapy popular in Osteopathy that employs a muscle's own energy in the form of moderate isometric contractions to relax and stretch the muscle via autogenic or reciprocal inhibition. MET is an active approach in which the patient is also an active participant, as opposed to static stretching, which is a passive technique in which the therapist does all the work. Autogenic Inhibition and Reciprocal Inhibition are the foundations of MET. Autogenic Inhibition MET occurs when a submaximal contraction of a muscle is followed by stretching of the same muscle, while Reciprocal Inhibition MET occurs when a submaximal contraction of a muscle is followed by stretching of the opposite muscle.
Types of MET:
- Autogenic Inhibition MET
- Post Isometric Relaxation (PIR)
- Post Facilitation Stretching (PFS)
- Reciprocal Inhibition MET