740The comprehensive set of tools and techniques taught in our APM Programs allow students to make a powerful contribution to the treatment of pain and structural dysfunctions. The capability of the APM Therapist to easily treat long lordotic, kyphotic, and scoliotic curves found anywhere along the spinal column, and to also gently reset the facet joint mechanics between any two vertebra of the spine opens the realm of possibilities for the treatment of pain caused by the impingement of nerves exiting the spine and of all the structures innervated by these nerves; the body takes nerve impingement of any kind very seriously and compensatory strain pain is often the unfortunate result. The key to releasing the soft tissue permanently and treating this compensatory strain pain involves assessing dysfunctions of the skeletal structure underneath the soft tissue which may be causing the soft tissue to become hypertonic based upon being physically compelled to work within a smaller than normal space or being stretched unnaturally and becoming tensile. Correcting the spine allows for a superior soft tissue release because the impetus for the muscles to tighten in the first place is removed. The MET, or gentle hold-and-release stretching that is employed to accomplish this task is extremely efficient because it not only allows for the lengthening of hypertonic muscle tissue which is coordinated with the brain due to the proprioceptive nature of the technique, but it trains the muscles around the offending bony structures which prevents them from pulling the bones out of the support position. Therefore, the symbiosis between the soft tissue and the skeletal structure of the body is respected and both are treated simultaneously, creating lasting results for the client.