To clarify, I will only discuss isometric contraction here. Concentric and eccentric isotonic techniques come under the umbrella of MET but won’t feature in this post.
Most of my patients experience this technique in each session, and some will leave with a modified version to do at home. “MET” stands for Muscle Energy Technique, and works by activating the muscle in order to deactivate it below the level it previously could. This is particularly useful for deep muscles that are hard to reach, or tender, spasming muscles that might tighten up further when directly treated. I use it regularly to treat clicky jaws. (more…)