joint mobilization

Joint Mobilization

Joint mobilization is a manual therapy intervention, a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at a ‘target’ synovial joint with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect.

Joint mobilization techniques are utilized when the articular structures limit the motion of joints; producing arthrokinematic (sliding distraction, pivoting) movements that need to occur with normal motion. The therapeutic use of the therapist’s hands produce a combination of distraction and gliding in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spine, may be effective in relieving pain, increasing joint mobility and increasing muscle flexibility.

Examples of Joint Mobilization Techniques

  • Heat Therapy
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Stretching & Flexibility Training
  • Resistance Training
  • Kinesio Taping