What is Manipulation/Mobilisation?
Manipulations and mobilisations are manual techniques used to physically affect a joint and improve the mobility and the function of your soft tissues, muscles, tendons and ligaments. If you are feeling joint pain or stiffness your physiotherapist may decide that manipulations or mobilisations are the best course of treatment. There are a wide range of techniques that can be used to move a joint to increase its range of movement.
How does Manipulation/Mobilisation help?
Manipulations and mobilisations get the joint moving. This often takes place with the individual in a relaxed position. This allows the physiotherapist to move the joint within the desired range. This will achieve movement of the joint that would not be possible by the patient alone due to pain. Manipulation is usually performed as a very fast movement on the neck and back area which leads to a pain relief and an increase in flexibility. Whereas mobilisation is a slower technique performed on joints ligaments or muscle, also used for pain reduction and flexibility improvement. Mobilisation can be gentle or deep depending on what is more appropriate for your condition.
The manipulation or mobilisation gets the joint moving which can:
- Reduce stiffness
- Reduce pain
- Increase range of movement
- Increase function
Who benefits from Manipulation/Mobilisation?
Manipulations and mobilisations are beneficial for many problems such as:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Reduced range of movement
- Joint stiffness