Joint Mobilization consists of a series of gentle stretches to stiff joints in a smooth, rhythmic fashion. Joint Mobilization may be administered in various gradations grades or degrees of pressure. Very gentle "mobes" are used for very sensitive or acute patients to initiate more normal movement. These are called "Grade One" mobes. "Grade Two's" are administered for pain relief. They are slightly stronger than Grade Ones. "Grade Three" mobes both relieve pain and gently improve the range of motion of stiff joints. "Grade Four's" are for stretching tight tissues and restoring range in more chronic situations.
Tight muscles, stiff ligaments, or problems in the joints capsule s themselves may cause the decreased range of motion. Mobilization stretches stiff joints to restore range. If pain is associated with this decreased movement, loosening up the structure that causes the restriction can often relieve the pain.
Mobilization is safe because it is done slowly and the patient has the opportunity to stop the procedure if it becomes uncomfortable. It is especially preferable for use with the elderly, as their bones are often more brittle, and osteoporosis does not always show up on x-rays unless quite advanced. Overall, mobilization is a safe, gentle, and effective alternative to manipulation.
Joint Mobilization very effective for treating the following conditions;
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Spinal and rib cage pain
Hip, knee & ankle pain
Shoulder, elbow, wrist pain
Temporomandibular Joint pain
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