Muscle Energy Techniques

Are you frustrated dealing with persistent back or neck pain? Have you noticed that the muscle tension seems to be affecting your back or neck pain? At MSK Health and Performance, our chiropractors and physiotherapists are skilled at using a hands-on approach to care and can effectively eliminate your restrictions and restore your function. Our goal is to help you feel better again, and we are committed to working with you from start to finish to ensure results!

Back and neck pain are highly prevalent conditions worldwide, with over 80% of people experiencing back pain and up to 70% experiencing neck pain at some point in their lives. It is not always easy to determine the root cause of the pain. In fact, the most common description of back and neck pain is “non-specific” pain.

Chiropractors and physiotherapists are highly skilled professionals dedicated to getting to the root of your problems and helping you resolve them once and for all. 

If the joints are not functioning correctly, the muscles in our body will often tense up or develop a compensatory strategy and, although helpful in the short term, can lead to persistent pain and dysfunction in the long term.

At MSK Health and Performance in Vancouver Kitsilano, Downtown Vancouver and Burnaby Metrotown, our chiropractors and physiotherapists are unsatisfied with temporary relief. We are dedicated to providing lasting relief. Through a combination of spinal manipulations and soft tissue work, like muscle energy techniques, we can help you find comfort and restore your function so you can enjoy an improved quality of life!

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What are muscle energy techniques?

At MSK Health and Performance, our chiropractors and physiotherapists are dedicated to getting you back to a pain-free life. We will often use complementary treatments to ensure your results. For example, muscle energy techniques are a form of manual therapy that uses the properties of the muscles’ inherent properties to alleviate tension and restore function.

Your practitioner will guide you through a gentle isometric contraction of specific muscles that leads to the relaxation of the muscles. The self-generated contraction causes the relaxation of muscles on one side of a joint that is accommodating for the contraction on the other side (reciprocal inhibition).

This reciprocal inhibition allows the practitioner to lengthen/stretch the muscle synergistically with the patient and cause relaxation of tight, tense muscles. When combined with spinal manipulations, this technique leads to lasting relief and improved function. The goal is twofold, relaxation for pain relief and stretching for improved mobility.

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What conditions benefit from muscle energy techniques?

Muscle energy techniques are primarily used for any condition that causes pain due to restrictions on soft tissue and joint range of motion. For some people, the pain is so severe that attempts to move the joint result in a spontaneous and often subconscious resistance from the body. Rather than improving the condition, it leads to a magnification of pain and dysfunction.

Muscle energy techniques are safe and gentle techniques that can be used on almost any joint. The goal is to cause relaxation and lengthening of the muscles surrounding the joint to improve the range of motion in the joints.

Muscle energy techniques are effective for acute and chronic conditions and are even used as a preventative measure to guard against future injury of muscles and joints. Muscle energy techniques are highly effective for patients with severe pain related to acute injuries like a whiplash injury due to a car accident. Still, they are mainly used by individuals with a limited range of motion due to joint dysfunction.

This technique is used to help back and neck pain and broader areas such as peripheral joint pain or treat chronic muscle pain and stiffness. The general categories for muscle energy techniques include:

  • Stretching tight or weak muscles
  • Increasing joint mobility
  • Promote healing
  • Reduce muscle tension and spasms
  • Relieve soft tissue pain

At MSK Health and Performance, our chiropractors use this in conjunction with adjustments to restore joint and soft tissue function. Our practitioners are skilled at addressing the whole person and eliminating any restriction to ensure you can get back to doing what you love, pain-free!

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Muscle energy techniques might be right for you if you are looking for a safe, gentle way of dealing with your pain.

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Your Next Steps…

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  2. Receive A Custom Treatment Plan

  3. Work Hard and Progress In Your Recovery

  4. Recover & Enjoy Life!