How Muscle Energy Techniques are used to help Stiff Joints Bloomington MN

AdvaCare ClinicsEffective Treatment, located in Bloomington, MN offers a rehabilitation approach that focuses on helping patients understand the condition and treatment you are experiencing. Based on the needs of the patient, our physical therapists and chiropractors will work with other members of the rehabilitation team to create a  retraining program tailored to your  needs to restore maximum function and mobility to the body.

Neuromuscular reeducation therapies typically tend to have greater importance on body awareness than other standard physical therapies. Some forms are so strongly based on a sense of body awareness and strengthening of the mind-body connection that they may be called alternative medicine techniques. This is the thought that daily movements can become easier and require less effort if a person can reconnect and become comfortable with his or her body.

Neuromuscular Reeducation

This is a hands-on approach to the evaluation and functional treatment of soft tissue injuries. When an area is injured, whether it’s muscle, connective tissue, fascia, tendon or some collection of these elements, the body reacts by trying to fight it, causing inflammation. Adhesions happen wherever damage and inflammation have occurred and they limit both strength and range of motion.

Muscle energy techniques (MET’S), a unique type of manual therapy, is arranged to get stiff and stuck joints moving again and lengthen shortened muscles. This method is defined as promoting a voluntary contraction of the patient’s muscles against a precisely controlled counterforce applied from the practitioner from a certain position and in a particular direction. After a 3-5 second contraction, the therapist moves the joint to its new barricade where the patient repeats the muscle contraction. This is usually completed two or more times. This technique is known as an active procedure, which is different than the passive procedure where the therapist does all the work (such as joint mobilizations). Muscle energy techniques are typically tolerated well by the patient and does not strain the joint.

Additional Treatment information

Physical therapists and occupational therapists heal a wounded body by using neuromuscular reeducation in the form of numerous manual techniques . In the physical therapy world, manual therapy is utilizing skilled, hands-on techniques, including:

  • manipulation/mobilization
  • increase range of motion
  • decrease myofascial restrictions to help muscle length
  • decrease swelling or inflammation
  • assist the body in muscle or soft tissue repair
  • extensibility and/or stability
  • facilitate movement to improve function

Before starting manual therapy or any type of physical therapy program, the practitioner will perform a full assessment of the blood and nerve supply in the area, including a bone and muscle assessment, to pinpoint your current condition. Depending on the results of the assessments, including patient history, the healthcare provider might perform a combination of manual physical therapy techniques which includes soft tissue mobilization.

The physical therapist may use other holistic modalities including:

  • massage therapy
  • heat/ice therapy
  • ultrasound
  • electrical stimulation
  • acupuncture
  • nutrition planning
  • laser Therapy
  • manual adjustments
  • exercise
  • and many more…

As you heal and gets stronger, the therapy will focus more on being able to perform daily activities. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about  any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening today. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.



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