Biomechanics Of MET

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This report investigates muscle energy techniques (MET) and its respective structural components. It highlights biomechanical mechanisms and physiological effects in relation to MET stretching. To further explore the subject, relevant studies are presented and reflected upon, contributing with a final overview on the subject as a whole.

MET biomechanical and physiological mechanisms

Muscle energy techniques most significant body structural components include Golgi tendon organs (GTOs) and muscle spindles. These proprioceptors function together within the body to dictate stretch fascia and mobility, although functioning in two very different biomechanical ways.

The GTOs act as spring releasing an automatic reflex (autogenic inhibition)
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Gibbons (2011) argues that muscle spindles are sensitive to changes in length and tension rate and a fast stretch without a previous sustained (autogenic inhibition) will cause the muscle spindle to contract (RI) to resist stretch, opposing muscle force prevented from contracting so that that muscle does not pull that stretch further.

These key receptors and knowledge on how they function together within the body are the principles behind the two MET therapeutical components used currently, namely post-isometric relaxation (PIR) and reciprocal inhibition
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It was concluded that the MET group demonstrated a decrease in worst pain and central nervous relief over the past 24 hours while worst pain for the control group increased. This is due to the fact that the CNS is responsible for managing any amount of pain via the motor nerves. Subsequent results indicate that MET may be prescribed to treat minor degrees of lumbopelvic pain, however further research may be required to fully evaluate the statistical feasibility as stated by the authors

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