This practical guide, packed full of colour photographs, illustrates the theory and practice of muscle energy techniques (MET). The principles described can be incorporated very quickly and effectively into a treatment plan, and can be used to assist in the rehabilitation of anyone who is recovering from an injury. In particular, this book will provide the therapist with the underpinning knowledge of the specific anatomy of the postural muscles.
The book is broken in five parts. In Part I, the author examines the theory and principles behind muscle energy techniques, with chapters introducing the technique itself, muscle imbalances, myofascial slings and core muscle relationships, which leads neatly into the practice behind the technique.
Parts II to IV break down the technique into body areas, i.e., upper body, lower body, trunk and pelvis, with clear descriptive explanations of the techniques accompanied by colour photographs with directional arrows showing the practitioner how to maximise the benefits of the treatment. Clear drawings allow the reader to understand the basic anatomy of each muscle.
A concluding Part V shows two applications of METs: self-lengthening techniques for the shoulder complex and muscle weakness testing and the gluteals.
The complete guide for any student or practitioner of physical therapy and related modalities, this is a book that you will refer to again and again.
Author John Gibbons brings years of expertise
John lectures in the field of sports medicine and physical therapy and works with elite-level and Olympic athletes in a wide range of sporting disciplines. In the book he looks at the theory of MET and, once that has been understood, he takes you on a muscle energy technique ‘journey’. After demonstrating functional assessment testing for the muscles of ‘posture’ that can become chronically tight and dysfunctional, he shows how to apply a specific MET to correct these dysfunctional muscles to restore normality. The book contains easy to follow ‘postural muscle’ tables that you can use to monitor the progress of your patients.
“The depth of knowledge embedded within the text is a good indicator of John’s theoretical knowledge and practical experience in his field of therapy. Regardless of your own experience, the text is easy to read, understand and to apply to your own current range of techniques. I recommend John’s book to any one currently working within a hands-on therapy who is interested in furthering their knowledge.” – Gerry McConaghy