Muscle Energy Techniques are gentle, but amazingly effective methods of actively using your own muscles to normalize the range of movement of painfully restricted joints. Unlike manipulative techniques, MET works via evidenced-based neuro-physiology using the muscle spindles to release tight muscles and decrease tone and excitability, thus restoring the bones and joints to normal mobility and returning them to symmetrical, smooth function.
Muscle Energy Techniques work through you, the patient, performing an isometric contraction, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a controlled counterforce given by the therapist. The primary force is from your own muscle contraction, which is utilised to assist and correct the presenting musculoskeletal restriction. The therapist is just facilitating the process..