Muscle Energy Technique

Presenter:  Tom Ockler, PT
2018 dates TBD/Check back for updates!

Northwest Hospital Main Campus and Outpatient Center/Seattle, WA

TIPI:  Tapping into the Primal Instinct for the Reversal of Central Sensitization and Chronic Pain

M1:   Muscle Energy Technique for the Pelvis, Sacrum, Lumbar Spine, and Hip Muscles

M2:  Muscle Energy Technique for the Ribs, Upper Extremity, Thoracic, and Cervical Spine

TIPI:            $245 prior to /$265 on or after .
                     $225 If registering together with either  M1 or M2 up to .

M1 or M2:  $599 prior to /$615 on or after

Both M1 and M2 Courses:  $580 each course prior to /$615 each course on or after May .

Contact Hours:  TIPI:  8; M1 16; and M2 16​

Who Should Attend:  Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Athletic Trainers, Licensed Massage Practitioners, and Chiropractors.  All levels of clinical competency are welcome.

  • Please Note: Courses may be taken in any order i.e.:  M2 or ​​M4 may be taken before M1​.
  • Register Early:  Our Muscle Energy continuing education courses tend to fill quickly.  ​​
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Muscle Energy Technique:

Muscle Energy Technique is one of the most effective and valuable manual techniques for the identification and correction of somatic asymmetry and hypomobility. Fred Mitchell Sr. D.O. who is considered one of the patriarchs of Muscle Energy Technique, was a pioneer in forward thinking as he searched to develop an alternative to manipulative therapies. These techniques have been refined over the years and are even more accurate, efficient and effective than in their original form. These techniques can be used immediately to find and correct the causes of all types of pain. These are not cover up procedures, but rather, techniques that cure the problem with dramatic results.

Muscle Energy is based on EVIDENCE BASED NEURO-PHYSIOLOGY that the joints are held out of place by muscles which have too much tone.  The technique positions the joint in the direction of restriction of motion and recalibrates the precise muscle spindles which are holding the bone in a less than optimal position.  The muscle returns to normal resting length, tone and excitability thus allowing the joint to return to the normal position.  By re-calibrating the spindle and correcting the cause of the dysfunction, the techniques will correct all types of biomechanical / orthopedic problems.  Each two-day course involves a mix of theory, demonstration and hands on practice. Actual evaluation and treatments will be performed by each participant using the methods learned.  Plenty of time is allotted for hands on practice as well as questions and discussion.

Thomas K. Ockler, PT

Thomas K. Ockler P.T. received his B.S. P.T. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1978. In his 32 plus years of uninterrupted clinical practice, Tom has focused much of his attention on the correction of somatic dysfunctions using Non-Manipulative Manual Therapy Techniques. He has extensive teaching experience including a month in Australia, throughout the United States and Canada. His background in bio-mechanics along with orthotic fabrication has been integrated with NON-MANIPULATIVE TECHNIQUES to find cures for difficult musculo-skeletal disorders.

In 1999, Tom founded Alternative HealthCare Solutions, a solo practice devoted to the identification and correction of the most stubborn and complicated somatic dysfunctions. His practice draws patients from all over the USA as well as Canada and Europe. As a teacher, Tom has earned the nickname “The Patch Adams of Physical Therapy” due to his unique style of, injecting humor into complicated subjects. He has developed teaching methods that explain very complicated subjects in easily understandable formats. Tom’s four books and two DVDs MET I for Pelvis, Sacrum, Lumbar Spine and Lower Extremities, MET II for Ribs, Upper Extremity, Cervical and Thoracic Spine, MET III: The All External Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome, and MET IV: Rotten to the Core have been hailed as the most user friendly, useful instructional manuals ever.  To preview or order manuals or DVDs Go to:

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Feedback from Muscle Energy Attendees

Therapists are known for leaving candid feedback after courses and seminars.  Tom’s courses consistently receive all “very good” and “excellent ratings from attendees.  In addition to multiple choice ratings, he also receives lots of thoughtful and positive written feedback.  We are honored to host such an excellent speaker!  Continue below for a sample of comments… Continue reading Feedback from Muscle Energy Attendees

Muscle Energy Course Objectives

Muscle Energy Technique courses are hands-on, live interactive workshops.  Each course is thoughtfully and meticulously organized so each attendee leaves feeling they understand overall, as well as, minute concepts of Muscle Energy principles and lab techniques.  Tom patiently walks everyone through each objective (12-20 per course) whether attending for the first time or taking as… Continue reading Muscle Energy Course Objectives