Joint Mobilisation is used to improve joint mobility and decrease pain by restoring motion, allowing for non-restricted pain free movement. Mobilisation may be used to:
Reduce pain Decrease muscle guarding
Produce reflexogenic effects that facilitate improved muscle tone Improve postural awareness
Stretch or lengthen tissue surrounding a joint
Mobilsation vs Manipulation
Mobilisation – passive joint movement for increasing ROM or decreasing pain. Applied to joints & related soft tissues at varying speeds & amplitudes using physiologic or accessory motions. Force used is light enough that patient can stop the movement.
Manipulation – passive joint movement for increasing joint mobility Incorporates a sudden, forceful thrust that is beyond the patient’s control.
Joint Mobilisation can be used to treat:
Whiplash Ankle sprains Rotator cuff tears and sprains Sciatica and other types of nerve impingement syndromes Arthritis (especially of the shoulder, spine, elbow, hip, and knee) Frozen shoulder Golfers or tennis elbow Facet joint locking and many other types of spinal misalignments