Joint mobilisation and manipulation

Mobilisation consists of small passive movements, usually applied as a series of gentle stretches in a smooth, rhythmic fashion to the individual vertebrae. They are applied at various locations on each of the affected vertebrae, and at various angles, directed at relieving restriction in movement at any particular level of the spine. Mobilisation stretches stiff joints to restore range. It also relieves pain by using special techniques. For example, it is especially effective with arthritic joints. Occasionally when a joint is taken to end of range, it can be manipulated by a short, sharp thrust, this is sometimes accompanied by a popping or clicking sound. We can assure you that your physiotherapist at the Torbay Physio practice has been trained in safe, effective grade 5 joint manipulation.


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