Sports Massage Techniques

Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) are a type of manual therapy technique used to lengthen, strengthen and improve the range of movement of muscles.
MET are based on reciprocal inhibition which is the theory that when a muscle is contracting, the opposite muscle of the joint is relaxing. So as one muscle is contracting against your therapist, the opposite muscle is being stretched. MET allow the individual to contract and stretch the muscle to its full potential and take the joint to its full range of movement. When this is repeated, gains can be made in muscle flexibility and strength.
The target muscle is moved to a point of stretch (bind) whereby any further will be too uncomfortable for the client.
The client slowly and progressively performs a contraction of the muscle, for example, push your leg down to a level of 20% or 30% of maximum strength with the therapist resisting the movement.
After 10 seconds the client relaxes the muscle and the range of motion of the joint is taken to a new point of bind (in our example: moving the leg towards the head). This can be repeated two or three times always finishing with a new point of bind before slowly returning the limb to its normal position.

MET can be used by healthy individuals to maintain muscle flexibility and to prevent injury. MET are also used as treatment for problems such as:

Pain inhibited movement of neck, shoulders and back
Leg length discrepancy
Muscle injury
Muscle tightness

Soft Tissue Release and sports massage of the Hamstring in Falmouth Cornwall