Muscle energy techniques are a broad range of manual techniques that are aimed at improving joint function and relieving muscular spasm and associated pain. It involves the patient activating certain muscles or muscle groups in a specific direction against a precise resistance provided by the practitioner. By activating a muscular reflex these techniques gently encourage a return to normal range of motion.
These types of techniques have been used very effectively by manual therapists for over 65 years after being first described by an osteopath; Dr Fred Mitchell. They have been used on thousands of patients to:
- Relieve muscle spasm
- Improve joint range of motion
- Stretch tight muscle and fascia
- Strengthen weak muscles
Muscle energy techniques are very effective and well tolerated in many conditions and in a wide range of patients. The muscular spasm and joint restriction that is relieved will almost always be associated with a reduction in pain as well.