Muscle Energy Techniques / Total Body Balancing
The latest techniques for proven success
Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
Muscle Energy Technique (MET), was developed by Dr. Fred Mitchell, Sr. D.O. MET will help reduce joint hypomobility, muscle tension, fascial tension, pain, swelling, and will help to restore proper joint biomechanics, functional ROM and postural alignment. MET is a direct manual therapy technique in which the practitioner positions the patient’s affected joint at its restrictive barrier. A gentle isometric contraction is used to relax and lengthen the muscle and/or fascial tension and normalize the joint dysfunction.
MET can be used in the treatment of back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, rib pain, upper and lower extremity orthopedic dysfunctions, swelling, and postural deformities. Because of the gentleness and effectiveness of MET, it is appropriate with the following patient populations: pediatrics, geriatrics, sports injuries, auto accidents, general orthopedic conditions, amputees, respiratory and neurological patients.
Muscle Energy Technique is taught as two courses (upper & lower quadrant).
Total Body Balancing (TBB)
Total Body Balancing (TBB), is based upon the Body Adjustment which was developed by John Wernham D.O.TBB is a total body evaluation and a 6-phase osteoarticular treatment approach based on classical osteopathic theory. TBB uses long levers to relax the muscles, fascia, joints, and ligaments to improve circulation, nerve and energy flow, thus normalizing sympathetic and parasympathetic neurological activity with a goal of creating a new homeodynamic state.
It has been the personal experience of course developer Dr. Kerry D'Ambrogio D.O.M., A.P., P.T., D.O.-M.T.P., that there is a tendency to treat the patient's symptoms at the site of pain instead of searching for the root cause of their complaint. The majority of feedback he receives from healthcare practitioners is that they understand how to perform the individual techniques taught in manual therapy courses but they have a difficult time knowing which techniques to use and how to integrate them during a treatment session. This seminar has been designed to answer these questions.
You will learn to take the information from the full body evaluation (ARTS) and perform a 6-phase full-body treatment routine called "Total Body Balancing". TBB will help improve the patient's biomechanical structure focusing on reducing muscle tension, fascial tension, increasing joint mobility, and helping to restore proper joint biomechanics, functional ROM, balancing lines of tension and postural alignment. TBB also improves the patient's physiological function focusing on balancing organ mobility/motility, blood, lymph, body fluids, nerve, and energy flow while reducing swelling and pain.
You will see immediate changes in your patient's pain and functional level. TBB can be used in the treatment of back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, rib pain, upper and lower extremity orthopedic dysfunctions, swelling, and postural deformities.
Total Body Balancing is taught as two courses (Level 1 and 2).
Positional Release Therapy (PRT)
Positional Release Therapy (PRT) was developed by Dr. Lawrence Jones. D.O. (Strain and Counterstrain). The purpose of PRT is to treat protective muscle spasm by inhibiting muscle spindle activation, thereby decreasing afferent impulses to the brain. By interrupting this pathway, the patient’s muscle is allowed to assume a normal resting tone thus relieving the tender point, protective muscle spasm, fascial tension, pain, and will help to increase joint mobility, decrease swelling, restore proper joint biomechanics, functional ROM and postural alignment.
PRT is an indirect manual therapy technique in which the practitioner evaluates the patient for tender points. These tender points are usually four times more sensitive than normal tissue and can be found in the muscle, fascia, bone, and joints (ligaments). You will learn to record the tender points that you have located on a scanning evaluation sheet and prioritize your findings using the general principles of treatment. The practitioner will treat the most severe tender point by positioning the patient’s body or body part in a position of comfort for approximately 90 seconds, thereby relieving the tenderness and pain by reducing and arresting inappropriate proprioceptor activity in the muscle that maintains the dysfunction. This technique alleviates both articular and soft tissue dysfunctions in the body, thus restoring proper pain-free movement.
Positional Release Therapy is taught as two courses (upper & lower quadrant).