For those of you who have taken Muscle Energy courses before and are still struggling . . .
If you have never taken a Muscle Energy course because you heard it was too hard . . . THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU!
Who should take this course?
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapy Assistants
- Licensed Massage Therapists
- Osteopathic Physicians
- Athletic Therapists and Trainers
- Body Workers
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 the patriarch 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.
Unlike manipulative therapies, which presume joints are stuck out of place by some physiologic glue, Muscle Energy is based on evidence-based neuro-physiological principles that the joints are held out of place by muscles which have too much tone.
Tom Ockler P.T. has extensive teaching experience throughout the United States, Canada, England and Australia. 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. His two books Muscle Energy Technique for Lower Extremities, Pelvis, Sacrum, and Lumbar Spine and Muscle Energy Techniques for the Thoracic Spine, Ribs, Shoulder and Cervical Spine have been hailed by students as the most user friendly and useful Muscle Energy manuals ever.
Video Excerpts from the M1 Course
What are students saying about Tom Ockler's Muscle Energy Courses?
“Tom, you are the Steve Jobs of the MET world. You find new and innovative techiques which makes learning easier and more on target. If you are not a legend yet you will be one day. Can’t wait to learn the rest of the M-classes. I will definitely use this information in my clinic. Thanks so much!” Eitan D, PT, M2 Class Ann Arbor 2013
“I am looking forward to enhancing my patient care skills and using this information. That you again for all of your work in this are and making it less complicated for the rest of us.” Lori G, PT, M2 Class Ann Arbor 2013
“Tom was superb. First CE instructor to cover material at a good pace with rushing at the end. Michelle and Rob very helpful by making sur we had the technique correct. All very intelligent, hard working and kind.” Cyndi J, OT, M2 Class Ann Arbor 2013
"Thank you for the wonderful M2 class in Springfield this past weekend. I was also in your M1 course in Springfield in October. I am especially appreciative of the fact that you have DVDs. With my learning style, the manuals only make so much sense, I need to see and hear it over and over again. I have been working on my breathing and have noticed more energy I passed along your breathing and EFT videos to a craniosacral client who has unexplained hand and foot pain and no one can find anything wrong with her." Christine B., LMT, M1 Class Springfield 2013
"Very enjoyable and informative — great pace of teaching and use of simple suggestions and examples of how to treat. Looking forward to taking other courses." Michael B., PT, M2 Class Springfield OH 2013
"I really enjoyed the course and look forward to using the information soon. I also wanted to say what a great thing it is that you share all your stories with us – I think as PTs we are the only ones who really listen to the patients sometimes, so the more PTs who really understand the link between physical pain and emotional issues the better. We are not just fixing injuries,many times we are "fixing" souls at the same time. It is a huge testament to how effective the EFT work is that you can share your story to so many people and do it so gracefully. I really appreciate your lack of ego in teaching this material also – you present it in such a way that it makes people feel comfortable and not intimidated to do the work." Jill N., PT, M2 Springfield OH 2013
"Tom rocks! Very knowledgeable and explains the reasons behind every technique while making it easy to understand." Student, M2 Springfield, OH 2013
" I truly appreciate Tom's support and encouragement. I often feel like I learn slower than other people and I process so much internally before able to verbalize and apply. Thank you for helping me learn in a safe enviornment." Kim, PT, M2 Class Springfield OH 2013
"Tom, I wanted to extend a personal 'thank you' as I got a tremendous amount from the course this past weekend. I'm really fired up about this technique and I've already attempted new stuff with my own patients. With success!! I'd like to be in the 5% column and truly apply what was taught. Appreciated your time and obvious passion, it was contagious. Take care." Nathan, ATC, M2 Class Seattle, WA 2013
"Tom made me feel very comfortable in the learning process. Very patient and able to communicate well. Loved this course and that I can purchase the DVD to take home to further my learning. Excellent course." Stacy, M1 Class Seattle WA 2013
"I took M2 before M1 which worked but I certainly feel more complete after the M1 course. My toolbox grew immensely with these techniques and I can't wait to master them and help more patients." Jake, PT, M1 Class Seattle WA 2013
"Feel much more comfortable with necs, feel like I have some tools for ribs and T-spine." Margie, PT M2 Class Seattle WA 2013
"You are an excellent teacher – organized, approachable, very helpful to have you show on slides, discuss, then demonstrate, then let us practice. " Student, M2 Class Seattle WA 2013
"Just sharing with you, with much thanks to you… The fabulous responses I am having with MET… Clients that I haven't seen for some time are booking having heard rave reviews for other clients about my NEW techniques… I start with MET then massage and release any little TPs left and needles when required… Less painful treatments overall… Clients love it and the AWSOME results" Lucy C., Australia, M1 and M2 Class 2013
"Absolutely look forward to your courses. By far most applicable info yet to find.” Vonna, PTA, M2 Class Mill Creek, WA 2013
"I really enjoyed the class and will put to use the new techniques right away. It will definitely take practice, but very usable information.” Shelly, PT , M2 Class Mill Creek, WA 2013
"Thank you so much, you allowed me to feel confident as a therapist new to the TOC. It is OK to begin . . . just begin, learn, adust and continue to enjoy the process!” Student, M2 Class Mill Creek, WA 2013
"Thank you for all of your work in this area. I have been to several CE courses over the years and am rarely able to use the techniques. After M3 I began using (the techniques) and will for a long time after this one as well.” Student, M1 Class Ypsilanti, MI 2013
“This was one of the most engaging course that I have been to. I didn’t feel intimidated or nervous to ask questions. Thanks.” Student, M1 Class Ypsilanti, MI 2013
"Very good job proving visual illustrations in order to visualize subject material. Very well put together.” Student, M1 Class Ypsilanti, MI 2013
“Very well taught course, sensitive to pace required by the group (faster or slower PRN). Plenty of hands on time to practice and check with instructor.” Brian, PT, M1 Class Ypsilanti, MI 2013
“Best course I’ve taken – both instructor and assistant very knowledgeable and helpful. Will attend another course in the future.” Student, M1 Class Ypsilanti, MI 2013
“Tom is an excellent teacher and I always look forward to attending his courses. He is very knowledgeable and able to make the information easier to understand. I definitely feel like I can use this info on Monday morning.” Donna S., PT, M1 Class Washington Courthouse 2013
“Opened my eyes to how much is missing in my practice. Excellent knowledge to decrease time/visits with patients.” Student, M1 Class Washington Courthouse 2013
"Thank you for simplifying this technique to be user friendly – much more easy to use immediately then in 1994! You have done a great job of re-analyzing it to teach.” Marty J., PT, M1 Class Washington Courthouse 2013
"Thanks again for the great weekend and instruction. I will see you in June for M2. I used MET for 3 pts today (inflare, ischial up and down-slip, and pubic depression). All resulted in positive outcomes!!" Mark L., PT, M1 Class Univ of Michigan 2013
"Thank you Tom for the great learning experience. Last night I had the chance to try some of the shoulder techniques on my wife who has worse forward head posture than mine. She told me she has had minimal pain and had the best night sleep last night. Thanks to your expert teaching. I also have been pushing the proper breathing techniques to all my patients and to a senior citizen exercise group I lead." Ken L., PT, M2 Class Alpena MI 2013
"This course far exceeded my expectations and I would love to take an additional course with this instructor. You made this very understandable and will be an invaluable tool in my belt for manual work. Can't wait to start using it tomorrow!" Michele S., PTA, M1 Class Jefferson, MO 2012
"Appreciated time spent making sure we are palpating the proper landmarks. Appreciated various ways of explaining the material – You are a great teacher. Great manual – best one I've had in a long time." Debra B., PT, M1 Class Jefferson, MO 2012