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Muscle Energy – Orlando, FL

Gentle Relief for Stiff Muscles

Doctor manipulating patient’s arm during session for Muscle Energy in Orlando

Do you continually deal with muscle or joint stiffness? If your condition is the result of poor posture or routinely manipulating your body into an undesirable position, you might benefit from Muscle Energy in Orlando, which is otherwise known as the Muscle Energy Technique. This form of osteopathic manipulative treatment is designed to relieve pain, relax stiff muscles, and increase mobility. Read on below to learn more about it.

Why Choose Holistic Medicine Wellness Center for Muscle Energy?

  • Highly Trained Osteopathic Doctor
  • Fast Pain Relief
  • Increase Mobility

What Is the Muscle Energy Technique?

Female patient undergoing treatment with Muscle Energy Technique

The Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a form of active osteopathic manipulation. As defined by the Education Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) it is, “a form of osteopathic manipulative diagnosis and direct treatment in which the patient’s muscles are actively used on request, from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against a distinctly executed counterforce.”

In other words, MET requires the patient to make voluntary muscle contractions while their body is in a specific position. MET produces muscle relaxation and pain relief by activating special structures in the muscles, called Golgi tendon organs and muscle spindles. They play a big role in muscle coordination and control.

How Does MET Work?

Doctor manipulating patient’s leg during muscle energy treatment

To get started with your treatment, Dr. Murphy will perform a thorough screening to identify areas of hypomobility. Areas with the greatest degree of restriction are targeted during the MET session. You will be placed in a specific position, and then you will be asked to contract your muscles, either pushing against or toward a precisely placed barrier. At the end of the session, you will be assessed again. You are likely to notice a fast increase in mobility, a reduction in pain, and a reduction in uncomfortable muscle spasms.

There are two general types of MET: post-isometric relaxation and reciprocal inhibition. They use slightly different techniques, and the one that is best for you will depend on the specific issues that you are dealing with. Post-isometric relaxation can be used to address chronic conditions. It involves stretching and lengthening muscles following contractions. Reciprocal inhibition can help to minimize pain and aggravation in injured muscles and soft tissues. It requires you to push against a barrier; the muscles opposite of the ones you contract are then able to relax more fully.

Would you like to learn more about Muscle Energy? Dr. Murphy and our team are ready to answer your questions. Contact us today!