Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)

METs are the name for a group of techniques that lengthen shortened muscles, strengthen weakened muscles, break down fibrous adhesions, reduce oedema, relieve congestion, and to also mobilise restricted joints. These techniques use the clients’ own effort and motion to treat the presenting dysfunction.  Such techniques include Post-Isometric Relaxation (PIR), Reciprocal Inhibition (RI), Soft Tissue Release, Active Release Technique (ART) Positional Release Technique (PRT) which is also known as Strain-Counterstrain (SCS).

 Trigger Point Therapy – Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)  

Neuromuscular therapy also called Trigger Point Therapy, works to stabilize neurological activity and repair soft tissue function.  Injury and various traumas can cause pain and interfere with nerve transmitters.  Adhesions in the fascia and muscle often pull muscles into a state of contraction, rigidity and pain. Trigger Points are manifested as small contraction knots in the muscle.  Active Trigger Points may cause spasm and referred pain. Using the referred pain patterns, Trigger Point therapy tracks and identifies root tension points located away from the actual adhesion.  So for example, a headache may not be caused by a problem in the head itself, the pain has been sent to the head from a Trigger Point on the side of the neck.  Never assume the problem is at the place that hurts.  Specific compression is used for relief and elimination of Trigger Points.