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Joint Mobilization

What is Joint Mobilization?

Joint mobilization is the careful use of skilled graded forces to move a joint in a desired direction. It is usually used to improve motion and normalize joint function but it may also be used to help control pain.

Which Joints Benefit From Being Mobilized?

Any joint that is lacking sufficient motion may be mobilized. We use joint mobilization on the neck, upper, middle and lower back, sacroiliac and coccygeal joints as well as to all of the joints of the extremities such as the shoulder, wrist, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle.

What Happens to Joints That Lack Motion?

When a joint’s mobility is impaired, structure and function of the region change. Cartilage nutrition starts to decrease within the joint, and adjacent joints begin to move excessively to compensate for the stiff (hypomobile) joint. These adjacent joints begin to break down due to excessive use. Muscles surrounding a stiff joint lose their ability to contract and relax sufficiently and become tight. Soon the whole region is involved in the dysfunction surrounding the stiff joint.

What Benefits Are Derived From Joint Mobilization?

  • Improved joint mobility & joint nutrition
  • Decreased muscle spasms & tension
  • Decreased pain

How Is Joint Mobilization Done?

The person is often placed in a position of comfort where they can relax and allow the region to move freely. The therapist will use his hands to localize the joint in need of mobilization and apply needed force through his hands in the appropriate direction. Soft tissue mobilization, stretching, deep breathing and various resisted motions/exercise patterns may be used at the same time to help achieve the desired results. High speed mobilizations may be administered by more experienced, skilled clinicins.

Joint mobilization is a strength of COASTherapy, especially as applied to the neck, low back & sacroiliac portions of the spine.

Joint Mobilization

What is Joint Mobilization?

Joint mobilization is the careful use of skilled graded forces to move a joint in a desired direction. It is usually used to improve motion and normalize joint function but it may also be used to help control pain.

Which Joints Benefit From Being Mobilized?

Any joint that is lacking sufficient motion may be mobilized. We use joint mobilization on the neck, upper, middle and lower back, sacroiliac and coccygeal joints as well as to all of the joints of the extremities such as the shoulder, wrist, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle.

What Happens to Joints That Lack Motion?

When a joint’s mobility is impaired, structure and function of the region change. Cartilage nutrition starts to decrease within the joint, and adjacent joints begin to move excessively to compensate for the stiff (hypomobile) joint. These adjacent joints begin to break down due to excessive use. Muscles surrounding a stiff joint lose their ability to contract and relax sufficiently and become tight. Soon the whole region is involved in the dysfunction surrounding the stiff joint.

What Benefits Are Derived From Joint Mobilization?

  • Improved joint mobility & joint nutrition
  • Decreased muscle spasms & tension
  • Decreased pain

How Is Joint Mobilization Done?

The person is often placed in a position of comfort where they can relax and allow the region to move freely. The therapist will use his hands to localize the joint in need of mobilization and apply needed force through his hands in the appropriate direction. Soft tissue mobilization, stretching, deep breathing and various resisted motions/exercise patterns may be used at the same time to help achieve the desired results. High speed mobilizations may be administered by more experienced, skilled clinicins.

Joint mobilization is a strength of COASTherapy, especially as applied to the neck, low back & sacroiliac portions of the spine.