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Conditions Treated

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Headaches & Facial Pain

Neck Pain


Back & Rib Pain

Low Back Pain

Knee & Foot Pain

Shoulder & Hand Pain

Abdominal Pain

 

Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle Energy Technique is used by physical therapists to relieve pain and restore joint mobility. Muscle energy is a direct and active technique; meaning it engages a restrictive barrier and requires the patient's participation for maximal effect. As the patient performs an isometric contraction, the following physiologic changes occur:

  • Golgi tendon organ activation results in direct inhibition of agonist muscles

  • A reflexive reciprocal inhibition occurs at the antagonistic muscles

  • As the patient relaxes, agonist and antagonist muscles remain inhibited allowing the joint to be moved further into the restricted range of motion.

Studies have shown that muscle energy techniques can significantly decrease disability and improve functionality in patients with disorders such as low back pain.

Muscle energy techniques can be applied to most areas of the body. Each technique requires 8 essential steps:

  1. Perform and obtain an accurate structural diagnosis.
  2. Engage the restrictive barrier in as many planes as possible.
  3. Physician and patient engage in an unyielding counterforce where the patient's force matches the physician's force.
  4. The patient's isometric contraction has the correct amount of force, the correct direction of effort (away from the restrictive barrier) and the correct duration (3-5 seconds).
  5. Complete relaxation occurs after the muscular effort.
  6. The patient is repositioned into the new restrictive barrier in as many planes as possible.
  7. Steps 3-6 are repeated approximately 3-5 times.
  8. The structural diagnosis is repeated to see if the dysfunction has resolved.

Therapies Offered

Meet Our Staff

Lance Hendricks, M.P.T.


Kelli Richardson, P.T.


 
 

Office Information

 

(406) 248-8804


2370 Avenue C Billings Montana


(off 24th Street West)


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address: 2370 Avenue C (off 24th Street West) Billings Montana

phone: 406.248.8804