This article outlines the benefits of muscle energy technique (MET) in the clinical setting and its diverse use in a variety of clinical presentations as well as its versatility in terms of its application (isometric, isotonic, isolytic, pulsed variations, etc.). The application of MET techniques to a number of tissues and joints is described, with explanation of how the technique is carried out, clinical reasoning and a kinetic chain comment. The reader will better understand how METs can be applied in a wider setting of joint mobilisation, where joint manipulation techniques are contraindicated or not available to the practitioner, or where METs can be integrated into the manipulative therapists' repertoire. This article includes a certificated elearning assessment.
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David Anderson MSc, NAMMT BASES has been involved in manual therapy practice and education for almost 20 years. A graduate of the University of Chester, David holds a Master of Science degree in Neuromuscular Therapy and also a graduate diploma in Manipulative Therapy.
In addition to maintaining a private practice, he is a currently a senior lecturer at the National Training Centre in Dublin. Although his clinic specialism is in the treatment of chronic somatic pain, David has also worked in sport and performance arts at the highest level, having worked with the casts of many well known West End and Broadway productions. David lives with his wife and family in County Down, Northern Ireland.
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