Structural Energetic Therapy® (SET) is a full body therapy that treats musculoskeletal problems with a combination of techniques: kinesiology (muscle testing), postural analysis, Cranial/Structural bodywork, directed myofascial unwinding, emotional energy release, trigger point therapy, scar tissue and adhesion release and other therapeutic bodywork techniques. The medical establishment recognizes that structural imbalances are responsible for over 90 percent of the pain held within the body. Pain arises from distortions in the body structure. Structural imbalances can be as minor as muscle strain and as major as herniated discs.
SET begins by treating the core distortion. Identified and named by Don McCann, MA, LMT, LMHC, CSETT, the core distortion is present from fetal development. The distortion causes a rotation in the pelvis, a structural weight bearing weakness at the base of the spine, exaggerated spinal curvatures and compensating strain patterns in the body. Accidents, illness, stress, emotional challenges, injuries, and other life activities cause the body to collapse further into this distortion, causing pain, limitation and dysfunction. SET protocols are designed to release the primary core (spiral) distortion and and unwind soft tissue holding distortion sub-patterns and structure.
The SET therapist begins by evaluating the patient through a postural examination and then uses applied and functional kinesiology to verify the distortion, conducting muscle testing from the cranium down to the feet, to identify imbalances and weaknesses. Over 39 years of developing SET, McCann evaluated the structural alignment of many clients from a standing posture, viewing their bodies from the anterior, posterior, left and right sides. He observed a consistent anterior rotation of the left ilium and posterior rotation of the right ilium, a consistent pattern from the head down the spine to the feet that showed a spiraling twist going around and through the body. He verified these core distortions using functional and applied kinesiology.
Cranial/Structural Core Distortion Releases (CSCDR) incorporate a cranial motion, which releases structural imbalances throughout the body all the way to the feet, and begins the process of unwinding. Additional SET techniques complement CSCDR process. The ultimate goal of SET is to restore balance, strength and pain-free function in the body.
After undergoing three sessions of SET to treat my frozen shoulder, I found it helped improve my range of motion and lesson the residual pain. The therapist suggested adding regular core strengthening exercises, like Pilates, to my workout routine. Complete healing requires time, and ongoing physical well-being requires self-discipline with regards to physical activity and balanced nutrition.
In Part 5, we will explore pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapies, which incorporate biofeedback..