Mobilization manual therapy techniques may be used by our physical therapists if a joint is hypo-mobile—that is, the joint has restricted mobility that prevents normal joint function. (If a joint is hyper-mobile—that is, there is too much motion—the joint will need to be stabilized or braced.)
Mobilization techniques involve small oscillating movements of a joint. For example, mobilization techniques are often used on the spinal joints and involve the physical therapist using his or her thumbs to push up and down gently or firmly around the spine. Your physical therapist may use one of two mobilization techniques:
Physical therapists use these mobilization techniques to:
Mobilization is particularly effective when combined with other treatment techniques, such as therapeutic exercises and ergonomics training, that address the cause of the dysfunction and provide long-term relief.
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