Mobilisation is a technique to improve range of motion of a particular joint.
Joint mobilisation is a type of manual treatment that aims to increase joint range of motion while also lowering discomfort.
What is the mechanism behind it?
To help enhance the mobility of a joint, the therapist manually applies targeted stresses or forces in certain directions. It can be done at various levels of intensity and is directed by the patient's comfort input. The majority of the time, it is painless. Joint mobilisation, when indicated, can be done quickly and over a short distance to cause a cavitation or "pop." This can be utilised to help with range of motion and/or pain relief.
What are the advantages?
Joint mobilisation can help with things like lifting your arm, bending your spine, and walking by increasing range of motion, reducing pain, and improving the mechanics of a joint.
Who is it appropriate for?
Joint mobilisation can help any patient with joint stiffness or pain. Patients with excessive joint flexibility or fused joints should avoid it.
What are the conditions/injuries that this can help with?
Joint mobilisation is effective for a variety of conditions, including frozen shoulder or tendonitis, spine pain and stiffness, stiff ankles immobilised in a boot, and more.