Depending on the desired outcome, joint mobilizations can be performed by a Registered Massage Therapist to the indicated joints of your body. After positioning the patient in a relaxed position of comfort, the therapist will use the right amount of force in the appropriate direction on the affected joint. This is done to achieve one or more the following benefits: – Improving range of motion of the affected joint – Relieving pressure in the joint – Stimulating blood flow to the surrounding tissue – Decreasing painful symptoms – Decreasing muscle spasm – Increasing range of motion in an injured joint
The above benefits are what we refer to as the therapeutic effect of joint mobilization.
It is important to note that there is a difference between joint mobilization and joint manipulation.
Joint manipulation is not a part of our joint mobilization process. Joint manipulation is a different technique than joint mobilization.
Our Registered Massage Therapists will NOT manipulate your joint. We use our hands to mobilize the joint, but do not manipulate it.
Joint manipulation is a treatment that some therapists may perform. It involves the application of a high velocity thrust to the affected joint. This is done with the intention of creating a shift in the position of the joint. The goal is to increase mobility within the joint and to achieve a change in joint position.
This is different than joint mobilization.
Joint mobilization is performed to achieve the effects listed above. Joint mobilization is not used to shift a joint into a different position.
For joint manipulation, the therapist will use a combination of hand and arm movements to create a high velocity thrust. This is done until the joint has shifted into a new position.
This is not the same as joint mobilization.
As you can see, joint mobilization is different than joint manipulation.
There are cases where a joint manipulation may be the appropriate treatment for your injury. When you talk to your therapist about being assessed for joint mobilization or joint manipulation, they will determine if either of these treatments are appropriate for your condition.
We are never trying to hide our treatments. We are upfront about what we do and how we do it. We want you to make informed decisions about your health.
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