Muscle Energy Techniques includes a broad range of activities that involve direct participation from the patient. Typically the patient will be asked to contract specific muscles while the therapist applies a counter force. This combination causes a relaxation effect in the tissue which the therapist can then exploit to relieve symptoms of pain.
In combination with Dynamic Soft Tissue Mobilisation (DSTM): Sometimes known as DSTM or STM, the therapist applies mobilisations to the tissue as the patient intermittently contracts and relaxes the muscle. This technique can be exceptionally useful for breaking down scar tissue and increasing range of movement.
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