Joint mobilization is a manual therapy intervention used to manage musculoskeletal dysfunction. The therapist manually moves the joint , gently through natural level of resistance , using skilled passive movements, that are applied at varying speeds and amplitudes, that may include a small- amplitude/ high velocity therapeutic movement.
Every joint is classified on a five grade scale of range of motion. Grade I and grade II are used predominantly to reduce pain and stiffness. Grade III, IV, V are used to increase mobility and joint play.
- Improved joint mobility and range of motion
- Decreased muscle spasms & tension
- Increased freedom of movement
- Decreased pain
- Improve tissue extensibility (muscles, joint capsule )
- Induce relaxation
- Improve blood circulation
- Reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation or movement restriction