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Reciprocal Inhibition/Muscle Spindles MET - Confused


Diana48
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Hello all, new to this site and new to the world of soft tissue therapy, currently in training. Studying METs at the moment but confused on 'Reciprocal Inhibition' (RI). I understand the 'contraction of the opposing muscle to the one being stretched', but I am reading a lot of contradictory stuff on the web. Example I'm wanting to stretch the hamstrings so I use RI which will result in the client contracting the quads, this is what i believe is correct but am reading different in some areas of the web. Finally a quick question on the muscle spindles are they only activated during RI? Apologies for such bone questions. Regards

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Hello all, new to this site and new to the world of soft tissue therapy, currently in training. Studying METs at the moment but confused on 'Reciprocal Inhibition' (RI). I understand the 'contraction of the opposing muscle to the one being stretched', but I am reading a lot of contradictory stuff on the web. Example I'm wanting to stretch the hamstrings so I use RI which will result in the client contracting the quads, this is what i believe is correct but am reading different in some areas of the web. Finally a quick question on the muscle spindles are they only activated during RI? Apologies for such bone questions. Regards

Read Leon chaitow. Very simple and clear explained.

No, spindles not only activated by ri.
Refresh function of Golgi tendon apparatus.... it regulates tension and contraction/relaxation of muscle

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