Muscle energy technique or muscle release therapy relieves neck pain, lower back pain, rib pain, sciatic pain, numbness, shortness of breath, ankle strain, ankle sprain, hip pain, and sacroiliac (SI) joint pain.
Muscle Release Therapy is a technique that releases muscle and soft tissue tension that is limiting the movement and/or changing the position of a bony structure. The goal is to release the soft tissues such as muscle, fascia, ligaments, and tendons so that the bones can move more freely and have better alignment.
This technique is highly effective in decreasing pain and making it easier to move. One example is if you have sharp pain in your ribs when you take a deep breath. Muscle Release Therapy can release the soft tissues around the ribs so that the ribs move more easily and are in better alignment and thus eliminate the pain. Patients often remark how much easier it is to breathe after having this work done.
The clinician performing muscle energy determines where there are areas of muscular dysfunction and then passively positions the patient at the restricted motion barrier. While the clinician holds the patient in this position, the patient exerts gentle force, away from the restricted barrier, which the clinician then resists. The patient is then asked to relax and the clinician gently moves the patient through the restricted barrier. This procedure is repeated several times. This process resets the resting length of shortened muscle, thus improving range of motion.
Muscle Energy is a technique that was developed by Fred Mitchell, Sr., DO and first described in the book, An Evaluation and Treatment Manual of Osteopathic Muscle Energy Procedures, published in 1979.