Muscle Energy Technique is the name for the type of adjustments I use for my SI joints.
These adjustments involve using precise muscle contractions to move your joints into place. These contractions must be very gentle and controlled– it’s important to know exactly what you’re doing.
That’s why you should have a trained physical therapist or other professional show you exactly what to do, before you try them on your own.
The purpose of my sharing information about the Muscle Energy Technique is not to encourage you to immediately go and try things out on your own. Instead, my goal is to give you an idea of what I personally found helpful, so you have a sense of the treatment options that are out there.
For me, MET was really the key to my getting better. Once my physical therapist Paula taught me how, I was able to re-align my SI joints myself, whenever I needed to. This allowed me to stop receiving chiropractic adjustments to the area, which, it turned out, were too much stress on my body.
I haven’t written a ton on MET yet. It’s a tough concept to summarize, especially when it’s really something that should be taught in person.
However, here is a post I wrote on Clarifying the MET, in response to some questions from a reader.
I hope to post more of my own original resources in the future, once I figure out the best way to do so.
Here are some additional resources you may find helpful:
What exactly is manual therapy? A post I wrote; MET is one type of this larger type of therapy.
Articles on MET:
The links below are written in more technical terms, and are aimed at medical professionals. However, I believe that we as patients stand to benefit from educating ourselves as much as possible, so I am including these for you as well:
Muscle Energy Technique for Pelvic Rotations — an explanation of the technique that I use, written by a physical therapist in scientific terms. I use the steps outlined here to adjust anterior and posterior rotation of the ilia, and then follow up with the “shotgun technique” at the end to realign the pubic symphysis.
History of the Muscle Energy Technique— from Leon Chaitow ND, DO
Short-Term Effect of Muscle Energy Technique on Pain in Individuals with Non-Specific Lumbopelvic Pain: A Pilot Study. Peer-reviewed study from the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy that demonstrated a benefit to MET for lumbopelvic pain.
Dr. Pooja Joshi: MET in SI Joint Dysfunction: Outlines MET for all different types of SI misalignments, with illustrations.
MET for other areas of the body:
MET can actually be used to correct all types of dysfunction throughout the body.
Here is a video of MET to correct exterior rotation of the femur (or, in other words, if one of your legs is turned outwards). This can sometimes be a side effect of SI joint dysfunction. (Again, this is just to provide a reference– you absolutely MUST be trained by someone qualified before you try this at home!).