Joint mobilization is an extremely helpful treatment option; however, many patients don't know about its benefits.
Fortunately, joint mobilization is a type of manual therapy performed here at Amped. With a joint mobilization approach, your physiotherapist can use his or her hands to mobilize an affected joint or may elect to use certain tools, including straps, to help deliver the desired treatment effect.
This form of treatment involves the passive movement of specific joints using the skilled application of force, direction, and technique.
If you believe you could benefit from our joint mobilization techniques, contact Amped Physiotherapy today for more information!
Joints, formed by the articulating surfaces of two or more bones, depend on a combination of both stability and mobility in order to help you function efficiently and comfortably.
Importantly, joints are supported by a wide variety of structures including capsules, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and muscle fibers, all of which can become injured and potentially benefit from physiotherapy services, including joint mobilization.
You have hundreds of joints in your body, which come in a variety of types and sizes (such as a “hinge joint” in your elbow, a “ball and socket joint” in your hip, or a “saddle joint” in your thumb).
The specific type, magnitude, speed, and frequency of joint mobilization performed depends on several factors, including the goal of treatment, the type of joint being targeted, and even your own unique anatomy.
The benefits of joint mobilizations include pain reduction, improved range of motion, and improved quality of joint movement itself (known as arthrokinematics).
Sometimes, a joint can become irritated, swollen, or stiff as a result of injury, stress, poor posture, repetitive movement, or even as a result of age-related wear and tear.
When this happens, the joint may not move correctly and may become stiff and painful. Nearby structures including muscles, tendons, and ligaments may become tense and sore as a compensatory effect of trying to support or stabilize the injured joint. This can lead to muscle tightness and impingement on nearby nerves, creating more pain and tightness. It is a vicious cycle we want to help you break.
Joint mobilization isn't appropriate for all patients, and our skilled and experienced physiotherapists can determine if it's right for you or a loved one.
Specific conditions that our physiotherapy team successfully manages with joint mobilizations include:
- Facet joint stiffness
- Chronic pain due to musculoskeletal conditions
- Medial or lateral epicondylitis (golfer's or tennis elbow, respectively)
- Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- Postural dysfunctions
- Arthritis (especially of the shoulder, spine, elbow, hip, and knee)
- Sciatica and other types of nerve impingement syndromes
- Rotator cuff tears and sprains
- Muscle pain
- Sports injuries
- Ankle sprain injury
- Neck pain
- Leg pain
- Shoulder pain
- Chronic conditions
- Wrist pain and various other extremity complaints
Poor joint health is often the hidden underlying factor driving other types of injuries and ailments, so this is why we strongly encourage you to consult with an Amped physiotherapist with any type of acute or chronic dysfunction. Your joints could be contributing to your pain without you even realizing it!
If you come to see a physiotherapist at Amped Physiotherapy with acute or chronic joint pain, you can first expect to be thoroughly evaluated with an initial assessment.
We'll be assessing and evaluating everything from your range of motion, strength, coordination, pain level, posture, and even relative connective tissue tension in order to devise an accurate diagnosis.
Based on our exam findings, as well as the information we glean from questioning you about your current and past medical history, we'll be able to devise a customized and effective treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
Since joint mobilization techniques have been shown to be effective for a variety of conditions, we may very well decide to implement this type of manual therapy treatment in your plan of care.
To prepare for a physiotherapy session with joint mobilization at Amped Physiotherapy, be sure to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing.
Your therapist will need to be able to see or at least easily palpate (feel) the specific joint he or she is mobilizing (keeping in mind of course, that your privacy and comfort are of utmost concern to our staff).
Your physiotherapist will also be sure to offer you clear details on how to sit or lie during the session, what you should expect to feel, as well as what to do following your session in order to maximize effects and pain relief.
To complement and optimize the effects of joint mobilizations, we'll also instruct you in additional services, which may include therapeutic exercises for strengthening and range of motion, modalities, postural and neuromuscular retraining, and core stability exercises. Furthermore, your treatment plan may include other techniques such as joint manipulation, soft tissue treatment, Graston technique, deep tissue massage, myofascial release techniques, active release therapy and massage therapy to aid the healing process.
We offer joint mobilization at Amped Physiotherapy because we believe that joint mobilization is one of the best ways to treat pain and injury. When done by a highly qualified therapist with the right training, joint mobilization can help reduce inflammation and increase range of motion. This allows patients to heal faster and recover from injuries much quicker.
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