Muscle Energy Technique

What is Muscle Energy Technique?

Muscle energy Technique (or M.E.T.) is safe and gentle yet effective for pain relieve.  Muscle Energy Technique is specifically used to re-align the skeleton (neck, back, shoulders, and pelvic girdle/sacro-iliac joints) by focusing on the brains of the muscle fibers (called muscle spindles).  What's nice is that MET does not require violent "cracking" or "popping" of your neck or back.

Give Exerience A Try!

Dr. Knudsen has been using M.E.T. to help his patients for more than 12 years.  He was trained by a recognized expert in osteopathic manual therapy, Loren "Bear" Rex, D.O. in 2002.  Dr. Knudsen also spent 4 days in Seattle in 2014 training with Tom Ockler, PT, who is the instructor in the first two MET videos included on the page.

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Manual therapy interventions -- like MET -- take knowledge, experience and skill-mastery... the more the better!

How is the Skill and Experience of the PT providing Muscle Energy Technique
to Skill and Experience of a Person Playing a Musical Instrument?

For the physical therapist providing a treatment, Muscle Energy Technique may be compared to a musician playing an instrument.  My apologies in advance, but as the patient, you are the instrument being played.  The result of the treatment is the benefit you receive.  So the PT's knowledge, experience and skill-mastery are the critical elements that will help you reach your goals.

Everyone knows there is a difference between a virtuoso concert violinist and the kid next door learning to play the violin.  But did you consider that the same applies to the skill-mastery of the physical therapist who provides your treatment interventions?

Would you want to be treated by a "violin virtuoso?" ...or someone just learning to play? "Screeeeeee----eeee-e--e---eech!"

My boys and I have enjoyed watching Disney's Fansia 2000 on many Sunday afternoons.  My favorite introduction is by Steve Martin when he introduces violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman (watch the YouTube video below).  If you have seen this movie, then you probably remember the scene.

Quote by Steve Martin from Fantasia 2000: "You know what's amazing is that many of these musicians are playing for the very first time. Thanks to Steve Martin's Master Musician Two Week Home Study Course... more on that later.  So, let me turn things over to the great Itzhak Perlman, who, I've just be informed, plays the violin.  Well, so do I, big deal!  Can I have my violin, please?  Ahhhh... thank you! Oh right, ho!  (Steve attempts to play and throws his bow.)  Sorry, can I have my stick thingy, please?"

Again, would you want to be treated by a "violin virtuoso," like Itzhak Perlman ...or someone who took Steve Martin's Master Musician Two Week Home Study Course? "Screeeeeee----eeee-e--e---eech!"

Watch Videos on How Muscle Energy Technique is Performed to Relieve Your Pain

The videos below show how M.E.T. is performed.  In these example, the technique used helps re-align joints, improve movement, and decrease pain in the lower back /pelvic girdle region, the shoulders and first rib problems.  We use muscle energy technique for all body parts.

Video on Muscle Energy Technique for the Pelvis, Sacrum & Lumbar

Video demonstration of M.E.T. of the "collar bones" for shoulder problems

Video demonstration of M.E.T. for the first rib problems

Video presentation of Muscle Energy Technique for lower back pain.

Dr. Knudsen has expertise in treating neck, shoulders, back, rib cage, pelvic girdle, sacro-iliac (or SI joint) with Muscle Energy Technique.  Depending on your condition, your personal program may include this method of treatment.


If your goal is to improve your performance in any activity, then
Call 801-310-0851
now set an appointment with Dr. Knudsen.

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