Mitchell Muscle Energy Technique

Mitchell Muscle Energy Technique

Course: Muscle Energy Technique – 107

Instructor(s): Dr. Fred Mitchell Jr. DO and Kai Mitchell

Date: May 4 – 7, 2017

Location: 542 Mt. Pleasant Rd, Suite 201, Toronto, ON, M4S 2M7

Cost: $1200 CDN if paid by April 27, 2017, $1400 CDN after (pending availability)

What is Muscle Energy Technique (MET)?

Muscle Energy Technique or MET is a manual osteopathic technique originally founded by Fred Mitchell Sr over 50 years ago.  For our course we focus on the Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar Regions with emphasis on manipulable dysfunctions of the cervical spine, the craniocervical articulations, the cervicothoracic interface, and the thoracolumbar junction. Manually correcting somatic dysfunction in the neck in particular and the spine in general can be, the most essential part of clinical management in many fields of practice: including but not limited to orthopedics, neurology and ophthalmology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and internal medicine.

Basic concepts and principles of precision physical diagnosis and safe, precise, and effective Muscle Energy manual treatment are learned in the context of these body regions.

The important details of the anatomy and physiology of these regions are addressed, including the mechanical, neurologic, and circulatory inter- connections between it and other parts of the body.

Who Is This Course For?

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners:  Revisit concepts and methods from one of the worlds  most renowned and experienced Osteopath Lecturers and Instructors.

AOS Diploma Students: this is a requisite course.

Certificate Students:  this is a one off course dedicated to increasing your skills in Manual Therapy which will ignite your practice. 

Healthcare practitioners wanting to learn additional skills and new tools: Whether you are a Physiotherapist, Kinesiologist, Athletic Trainer, or Registered Massage Therapist, studying with Dr. Mitchell and Kai Mitchell will dramatically enhance you ability to address any of the following symptoms and conditions on a regular basis:

  • Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
  • Headaches (migraines, tension headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, occipital neuralgia)
  • Balance disorders/Ataxia
  • Neck pain
  • Sports related injuries
  • Post Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Back pain
  • Entrapment syndromes resulting in peripheral neuropathy
  • Post-stroke rehabilitation

Learning Objectives :

Through the use of PowerPoint lectures, clinical demonstrations and hands-on individually supervised practice, at the conclusion of this 4 day course, participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish between manipulable articular dysfunction and adaptive soft tissue responses such as spasm or guarding.
  • Distinguish somatic dysfunction in the context of alternative systems of manual therapy.
  • Understand the mechanisms of symptoms related to somatic dysfunction, and the appropriate sequence for examination and treatment of the patient.
  • Quantitatively and qualitatively assess relevant ranges of motion of any joint from the occiput to the toes and detect manipulable abnormalities.
  • Plan and perform effective Muscle Energy procedures for the correction of any somatic dysfunction in the body. The participants of this course will learn

Course Instruction will Include Specifics On:

WHAT to Treat

  •  Learn some of the general principles of Osteopathic manual therapy and the place of MET within it. As well as learning the neurophysiological processes involved in MET treatment.

HOW to Treat

  •     Learn the necessary principles to apply MET successfully.
  •     Evaluate segmental joint dysfunction by active and passive motion tests.
  •     Develop the palpation and body mechanics to effectively target a restricted segment.
  •     Apply the neurological and mechanical rules of the body to restore an area of dysfunction back to normal function.

WHERE to Treat

  •     Learn tips on effective, time-saving evaluation, usable for all types of treatment.
  •     Identify with newly refined palpation skills both the area of greatest restriction in the body and the key dysfunctional segment within it.
  •    Sequence the corrections so that the body can best accept and maintain them.

About the Mitchell’s

Dr. Fred Mitchell Jr., DO, FAAO, FCA, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy, a Fellow of the Cranial Academy, certified in Neuromuscular Medicine, an internationally recognized authority on Cranial Osteopathy and the world’s foremost authority on Muscle Energy Technique. For more than 40 years he has been actively developing, teaching, researching, and publishing in the fields of Muscle Energy and Cranial Osteopathy. He has taught more that 175 workshops in Muscle Energy or Cranial Osteopathy in the United States, Canada, and Europe since he began working with his father, Fred L. Mitchell, Sr. (circa 1958) and Cranial Osteopathy with the Sutherland Teaching Foundation in 1963. Now, more than 40 years after teaching that first course, Dr. Mitchell will share with you a lifetime of clinical pearls and experience. Dr. Mitchell was recently awarded the A.T. Still Medallion of Honor by the American Academy of Osteopathy. His most recent publications include “The Muscle Energy Manual”, Vol. 1 (1995), Vol. 2 (1998), and Vol. 3 (1999), which he co-authored with his son, Kai Mitchell.

Kai Mitchell is a published Author, Renown Lecturer on Muscle Energy Technique and Rational Cranial Osteopathy as well as the CEO of the Mitchell Institute for Advanced Osteopathy.  His influence and instruction includes 2 Generations of MET Pioneers before him!

Course Outline



▲  Introduction to Muscle Energy, course summary.


-  When should you examine and treat the neck?


-  What is the relevance to a manual practice?


-  Should you start with it?


-  Screening procedures: global and regional


▲  Occipitoatlantal joints: anatomy and physiology, types and degrees of dysfunctions.


-  Precise and specific tests for somatic dysfunction, seated and supine


-  Concepts and principles related to Muscle Energy treatment of the O-A joint


-  Precise and specific treatment techniques for the O-A joint


▲  Atlantoaxial joints: anatomy and physiology


-  Precise and specific tests for somatic dysfunction


-  Concepts and principles related to Muscle Energy


-  Precise and specific treatment techniques for the A-A joint


▲  Self-diagnosis and self-treatment techniques.


Typical cervical joints, C2-C3 through C7-T1. ERS and FRS dysfunctions. Are there “neutral” cervical dysfunctions?


▲  Anatomy and physiology, landmarking cervical vertebrae, mechanisms of manipulable        dysfunctions


- Precise and specific tests for somatic dysfunction, seated and supine


▲  Supine and seated Muscle Energy treatment techniques for segmental dysfunction

of C2-C3 through C7-T1


Supine and seated evaluation of the thoracic and lumbar spines with specific biomechanical details relevant to addressing dysfuncitons in those areas.


MET treatments of ERS, FRS dysfunctions in the thoracic and lumbar spine.


Landmarking specific segments in the thoracic and lumbar spine.


▲  Self-diagnosis and self-treatment techniques.


▲  Landmark oscillations and intraosseous strain; other causes of landmark oscillation.


▲  Remolding bent bones


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