Muscle Energy Therapy

Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) are manipulative actions that increase a person's range of motion in specific muscle groups. It doesn't increase flexibility, but increase the range of motion to a reduced range of motion. The therapist positions the limb or body part in a specific position and then requests the client to contract that specific muscle. This contraction is held for a few seconds and then relaxed. This process is repeated at least 3 times. There are several actions for each muscle group and may often be used individually or in conjunction with other complementary actions. 

Muscle Energy objectives often include: 

  • increase joint mobility
  • increase blood circulation
  • improve musculoskeletal function
  • strengthen weak muscles
  • restore muscle tone

These objectives do not normally occur after one session. MET is often a therapy that uses several sessions to get the best outcomes.