Joint mobilization is a manual therapy technique that involves using passive movement and gentle pressure to improve the range of motion and reduce pain in a joint. Joint mobilization is typically performed by trained physical therapists, chiropractors, or massage therapists.
During joint mobilization, the therapist will use their hands to gently move the joint through its range of motion, applying pressure to the joint surfaces in a specific way to encourage the joint to move more freely. The therapist may use different techniques, such as oscillations or sustained pressure, to achieve the desired effect.
Joint mobilization is commonly used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
Arthritis: Joint mobilization can help to reduce pain and stiffness in arthritic joints, improving mobility and quality of life.
Joint stiffness: Joint mobilization can help to improve the range of motion in stiff joints, reducing pain and improving functional mobility.
Sprains and strains: Joint mobilization can help to reduce pain and swelling in injured joints, promoting healing and recovery.
Post-surgical rehabilitation: Joint mobilization can be used as part of a rehabilitation program following joint surgery, helping to restore normal joint function and reduce pain.
Sports injuries: Joint mobilization can be used to treat a variety of sports injuries, such as shoulder impingement or ankle sprains, improving mobility and reducing pain.
Joint mobilization is considered a safe and effective treatment option for many musculoskeletal conditions. However, it should only be performed by trained healthcare professionals who are knowledgeable in the technique and its indications and contraindications.