Joint mobilisation and joint manipulation

Physiotherapist manipulating should joint as treatment of shoulder pain
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How can joint mobilisation and manipulation help?

  • By reducing joint stiffness, pain, and muscle spasm


What is joint mobilisation?

Joint mobilisation technique is one of the most commonly used "hands-on" treatment techniques in physiotherapy. It aims to address joint stiffness, pain, and work towards restoring full-range of pain-free movement. Mobilisation can be carried out on stiff spinal or peripheral joints and are often performed as small, rhythmic, gentle movements and stretches. 

Although mobilisations are primarily used to treat joint conditions, they are also very effective in the treatment of muscle and nerve injuries. It is common to use joint mobilisation in the treatment of frozen shoulder or next and back pain. Mobilisation treatment is particularly effective when used in conjunction with other treatment techniques such as muscle stabilisation and individualised exercise programmes.


Physiotherapist mobilising shoulder joint of a female patient to treat shoulder pain
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What is joint manipulation?

Joint manipulation is a different type of mobilisation characterised by a small but quick thrust or movement on the joint, It is often accompanised by an audible 'click' or 'pop', which we call 'cavitation'. Manipulation can be effective in treating pain and stiffness, if used alongside other therapies such as mobilisations, soft tissue release, and a individualised exercise programme.


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