What is Joint Mobilization?
Joint mobilization is a manual therapy technique used to target a joint and its surrounding tissues. To help better understand this treatment, first let’s define a joint. A joint is where 2 bones meet and share common tissues such as ligaments, joint capsule, and other connective tissues.
How does Joint Mobilization work?
During a joint mobilization, the therapist will apply a graded force to one of the bones of the joint while the other bone remains stationary. This will result in the gliding and opening of the joint space which is critical when it comes to a joint’s ability to be mobile.
What are the benefits of Joint Mobilization?
Joint mobilization is an evidence-based treatment method. The proposed benefits include:
- Immediate reduction in pain
- Improved mobility and range of motion
- Improved quality of motion
- Proprioceptive enhancement
What conditions would benefit from Joint Mobilization?
At CMPT, the Physical Therapist will perform a movement screen. During this movement screen, any mobility deficits that are thought to be joint related will benefit from joint mobilization therapy. Some of the more common conditions that we use joint mobilization techniques include:
- Adhesive Capsulitis / Frozen Shoulder
- Neck pain
- Facet Syndrome
- Low back pain
- Adhesive Capsulitis of the hip / “stiff hip”
- Ankle sprain
Would Joint Mobilization therapy be good for me?
If you are someone who has noticed a loss of mobility, anywhere in your body, you may benefit from joint mobilization therapy! An assessment is critical in determining whether this would be an appropriate treatment. If you are unsure, and would like to speak with a member of our staff please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 508-852-3700.