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Muscle Energy Technique

This gentle approach uses the patients muscles to ease joints into freer motion allowing improved function and alleviating pain.

The client's muscles are actively engaged from a precisely controlled position, in a specific direction, and against an exact counter force. With post isometric relaxation a joint is freed up by the relaxation of specific muscles after contraction. Reciprocal inhibition takes advantage of the fact that when a muscle's antagonist is contracted, the muscle is inhibited and relaxes.

This work:

  • Mobilizes restricted joints
  • Lengthens tense muscles and fascia
  • Strengthens to address asymmetrically weak muscles
  • Decreases excessive muscle tone
  • Improves circulation and respiration.

Rather than relying exclusively on "high velocity, low amplitude" joint manipulation that forces the bones to move (and commonly provided by Chiropractors), Bill Gallagher prefers the gentleness of muscle energy technique in most situations.

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