What is Joint & Spinal Manipulation & Mobilisation?
Mobilisation is when a physiotherapist uses a controlled amount of force to move the surfaces of a joint. A mobilisation becomes a manipulation when the physiotherapist performs a high velocity thrust through the joint and a ‘popping’ sound is often heard.
How does Joint & Spinal Manipulation work?
Joint mobilisations lubricate the joint and help to relax muscle spasm. Gentle mobilisations are used for pain relief while more forceful, deeper mobilisations are effective for decreasing joint stiffness. Joint manipulations are primarily to restore normal movement in a stiff joint which in turn results in pain relief.
What conditions is it used for?
Mobilisations and manipulations are very effective means of treating spinal and joint pain and stiffness. Both techniques are very safe with complications being extremely rare. However, a physiotherapist must have the appropriate training to perform manipulations. All our physiotherapists at New Age Physiotherapy have extensive training in this treatment and attend regular courses to ensure that they are using the most up-to-date and safe techniques.