What is Muscle Energy Technique?

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is an Osteopathic method that uses active client participation as the key aspect of its approach.

There are a variety of MET methods, the key ones are Post-Isometric-Relaxation (PIR) and Reciprocal Inhibition (RI). Others include Pulsed MET (also known as Ruddy’s technique based on Thomas Jefferson Ruddy DO’s approach from over 60 years ago) and Slow Isotonic Eccentric Stretches of Agonist/Antagonist (SIESA).

What purpose do each of these specific approaches offer?

Post-Isometric-Relaxation (PIR)

This version of MET is primarily aimed at chronic issues with a focus on the agonist tissues ie the ones with the chronic issue.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Organising

Step 2: Finding the barrier

Step 3: Ask for a gentle (10-20%) isometric contraction hold for 3-7 seconds.

Step 4: Move through the barrier but not too far and hold for up to 30-90 seconds.

Step 5: Come off the barrier and move to the next barrier, ie Step 2 above.

I’ll be adding videos of the other versions soon-ish