Most massage therapists are totally unaware of the incredible benefits of effective stretching. Armed with the knowledge of a variety of stretching techniques and an understanding of the difference between effective and ineffective stretching, you will be able to incorporate stretching methods into your treatment as well as devise safe and appropriate stretching programmes for your clients to do between massage treatments.
Muscle Energy Technique is a gentle, non-invasive form of Neuromuscular Therapy designed to restore optimal function to joints whose normal range of motion has been compromised by shortening and/or spasm of the musculature surrounding those joints. Assessment consists of the winning combination of precise application of active isometric and isotonic contractions and muscle balancing.
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) are effective manipulative treatments in which a patient, on request, actively uses his or her muscles from a controlled position in a specific direction against a distinct counterforce.
The MET isometric and isotonic techniques are used to:
Strengthen weak muscles
Stretch tight muscles and fascia
Improve musculoskeletal function
Mobilise joints in which movement is restricted
Improve local circulation
Muscle Energy Technique is also used as a diagnostic tool to identify restrictions in the articular range of motion and correct these restrictions. When a joint has restricted movement or joint stiffness, no amount of massage will correct this problem until these restrictions are first addressed and removed. Muscle Energy Technique helps to restore the full range of movement to frozen joints and aids in the strengthening of the associated muscles.
Muscle Energy Technique can be used to treat most joints in the body, including the inter-vertebral joints, in a safe and effective manner. Many athletes use MET as a preventative measure to guard against future muscle and joint injury. However, its mainly used by individuals who have a limited range of motion due to back, neck and shoulder pain, scoliosis, sciatica, unsymmetrical legs, hips or arms (for example when one is longer or higher then the other), or to treat chronic muscle pain, stiffness or injury.
Why learn Muscle Energy Technique?
Increase your effectiveness
These techniques will extend your ‘repertoire’ and make your treatments more effective! They are adaptable and can be incorporated into any basic massage routine PLUS they can be used through clothing and are therefore ideally suited to complement on-site work, such as Indian Head Massage. Your goals may be to relieve pain or simply help your client relax. You may want to improve your client`s sports performance. Whatever your focus or current preferred treatment, Muscle Energy Technique can greatly improve your effectiveness.
Stay Current within the Field of Bodywork
The concept of having the "right tool for the job" applies here. If your practice already includes working with structural problems, Muscle Energy Technique will be an indispensable addition to your current skills. If you want to add concrete structural work to your practice, this is a great place to start!
Reduce Your Physical Effort
Furthermore, often the bodies of experienced therapists start to "feel it?" Muscle Energy Technique can greatly reduce the physical effort you require to bring about changes in your client. This is because clients use their own muscle power to make changes - not just yours!
Reduce Referrals Out
Doubtless you would like to keep clients in your practice for as much of the hands-on work as may be required. With Muscle Energy Technique you have an additional skill to effect changes in joint mobility. You may not have to refer out as often to other practitioners such as osteopaths or chiropractors.
Join us for this really rewarding and hands on workshop. You will find out how easy it is to use this technique, integrating it into your practice immediately, with observable results. You will also find your treatments to be more effective and longer lasting with the combination of MET and massage.
The workshop will be largely practical in content and students will be required to wear clinic wear for the duration of the day. A certificate of attendance will be provided for this workshop.