I find them efficient for acute injuries, muscular tension, decreased movement of a joint, stiffness and aches.
My treatment includes structural manipulations such as:
- Soft tissue, massage, stretches
MET is a direct active technique which uses isometric contraction in order to induce physiological changes promoting better joint movement and muscle health. Good alternative a simple stretch.
- Strain counterstrain:
It is a more indirect and subtle technique, using position of ‘ease’ of muscle and joints using complexe nervous reflexes from your tissues to the spine and from your spine back to your tissue in order to decrease muscle spasms, trigger points, chronic pain in one area.
- High Velocity Thrust (HVT) or High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) thrust:
This is a joint manipulation achieving (not at all time) cavitation of a restricted joint, in your spine or peripheral joints. It is a short (low amplitude), quick (high-velocity) technique with the goal of restoring normal range of motion in the joint.
Passive movement reinforced into a restricted joint. This would be a more gentle way of improving motion in a joint, breaking down fibrosis and scaring tissue.
- Lymphatic drainage, pumping:
Total body pumping techniques aiming to stimulate fluid drainage of your tissues and muscles in order to promote their best state and nutrition, avoiding building of wastage product and tissue damage. very efficient for oedema, heavy legs, poor peripheral circulation.
It is a technique using the elasticity of a the connective tissue to correct a dysfunction. It implies pressure induced stretch and quick release, usually using breathing. It also influences the state of vegetative nervous system.