Muscle Energy Technique May Help Ease Neck Muscle Weakness and Pain in Patients, Study Reports

Muscle Energy Technique May Help Ease Neck Muscle Weakness and Pain in Patients, Study Reports
Muscle energy technique, a type of manual therapy where the patient also actively participates, may help ease pain and weakness in neck muscles involved in breathing and reduce fatigue in patients with fibromyalgia, a study reports. The study, "Effectiveness of the muscle energy technique on respiratory muscle strength and endurance in patients with fibromyalgia," was published in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. Chronic, widespread pain is a hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia that can affect neck (cervical) mobility and breathing. Some studies have found that breathing muscles are weaker in these patients than in those of healthy individuals. Physical therapy approaches that target the fascia — the sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that separates muscles from other organs — may improve the treatment of fibromyalgia pain. One effective therapy is the muscle energy technique (MET), a manual therapy where the participant also actively participates by performing different types of muscle contractions. Researchers at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Turkey investigated the effectiveness of this technique to improve breat
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