The new edition of this popular paperback continues to present the scientific basis and practice of Muscle Energy Techniques (METs), a widely recognized and effective approach to the treatment of certain categories of musculoskeletal dysfunction.
The internationally renowned author team under the guidance of Leon Chaitow present the role of METs in the treatment of whole muscle problems, local dysfunction and joint restrictions in a variety of patient settings. Examples include the use of MET methodology in the treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic pain conditions, the prevention and management of trauma and repetitive strain injuries in athletes, and its successful incorporation into physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathic and massage therapy environments.
The book clearly presents the latest research findings underpinning MET methodology and guides the reader in the effective application of METs in both treatment and rehabilitative settings via the use of clearly written text, abundant diagrams, photographs and educational film clips on an associated website. Now published for the first time in full colour, this volume will be ideal for all those professionals who have an interest in human movement: physiotherapists, osteopathic physicians and osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, exercise scientists, manual therapists, massage therapists and personal trainers.
"The practical application of MET starts from Chapter 5. The videos are accessible via a website whose address is within the book. A simple log in and you have access to a collection of MET greatest hits. The videos are clear, simple and short but not inclusive of all the techniques in the book" Reviewed by InTouch, May 2015
Introduces new methodology and instructs in the scientific basis and correct application of existing METs
Explains the value of METs in the treatment of a variety of problems ranging from hypertonicity and muscle tightness to joint dysfunction and joint capsule adhesions
Provides precise assessment and diagnosis guidelines from a variety of perspectives including osteopathy, chiropractic, physical therapy, athletic training and massage therapy
Details the background to soft tissue dysfunction and explains the adaptive chain reactions that both produce and result from dysfunction
Gives many variations on the safe use of MET in acute, chronic and rehabilitation settings
Highly illustrated with full-colour line drawings and diagrams
Supplemented by a website which includes video clips of experienced practitioners demonstrating the techniques
Ideal for experienced practitioners as well as those taking undergraduate and postgraduate courses in manual therapy
Now published in full colour throughout
Presents the latest research findings underpinning the practice of MET methodology from differing areas of practice
Presents the increasingly refined ways of using the variety of MET methods to allow the reader to safely apply them in a variety of settings
Video clips on an associated website presents practical examples of the METs explored in the book
Contains a new chapter on the history of MET to provide useful insights from pioneers of the method
New chapters by orthopaedic surgeons discuss the relevance of MET in the rehabilitative setting
Contains a completely new chapter on the relevance of MET to massage therapy as well as expanded sections on its value in chiropractic, sports injury and physiotherapy
Contains an increased emphasis on pulsed MET and isotonic eccentric stretching
Leon Chaitow ND DO is an internationally known and respected osteopathic and naturopathic practitioner and teacher of soft tissue manipulation methods of treatment. He is author of over 60 books, including a series on Advanced Soft Tissue Manipulation (Muscle Energy Techniques, Positional Release Techniques, Modern Neuromuscular Techniques) and also Palpation Skills; Cranial Manipulation: Theory and Practice; Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Practitioner's Guide to Treatment, and many more. He is editor of the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, that offers a multidisciplinary perspective on physical methods of patient care. Leon Chaitow was for many years senior lecturer on the Therapeutic Bodywork degree courses which he helped to design at the School of Integrated Health, University of Westminster, London, where is he now an Honorary Fellow. He continues to teach and practice part-time in London, when not in Corfu, Greece where he focuses on his writing.
Muscle Energy Techniques The history of MET MET: efficacy and research How to use MET Sequential assessment and MET treatment of main postural muscles MET and the treatment of joints MET in cases of spinal injury or pathology a Manual resistance techniques in rehabilitation b MET in post-surgical rehabilitation MET in the physical therapy setting MET in a massage therapy setting MET in treatment of athletic injuries Integrated neuromuscular inhibition technique (INIT) and myofascial pain