Joint mobilisation and Manipulation
Spinal and peripheral joint mobilisation and manipulation have demonstrated to be effective hands on treatment in the management of pain, stiffness and function. They use varying levels of pressure appied to specific joints and can form an integral part of your treatment when used along side other treatment modalities.
Joint Mobilisation can be described as a gentle-to-firm small movement of a joint made by a therapist to help improve range of motion and reduce pain. It has been shown to be able to relieve pain generated by joint structures as well as helping to soothe and reduce spasm and pain in the soft tissue surrounding a joint.
Manipulation (in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy terms) is a forceful, short, high velocity movement of a joint often associated with a ‘click’ or a ‘pop’ sensation. It can relieve stiffness in a joint that may be tight due to injury and subsequent spasm. Strict safety assessments and informed consent are done prior to this treatment and alternative treatment are available if you have any concerns or worries about this technique.