The what, where, when, why, and how of what we do.

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Portland OR 97232

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    •  myofascial release

    •  deep tissue massage

    •  positional release


Muscle-Energy Techniques

A large number of techniques fall into this category including: Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Post-Isometric Relaxation (PIR), Reciprocal Inhibition (RI), Hold/Relax and Contract/Relax techniques, Manual Resistance Techniques (MRT), Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Facilitated Stretching.

Essentially, what is required is that the client uses his or her strength against the therapist's resistance for a short period of time, to allow certain cells within the muscles and connective tissue to reset their length.

Muscle Energy Techniques can be very gentle or more agressive, and can be adjusted for use at any stage of the healing process. This makes this group of techniques especially useful in early stages of injury recovery, and for use in pediatric populations, where more aggressive approaches may not be appropriate.

We have developed a way to incorporate deep oxygenating breathing with these techniques. For as gentle as this treatment is, the results are surprisingly quick and long-lasting.

Muscle-Energy Technique Therapists at OCM:
Ariana Orton, LMT #7207
Jon Wood, LMT #10626