soft tissue mobilization

Joint and Soft Tissue Mobilization

What is Joint Mobilization?

Joint mobilization is a manual therapy intervention, a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at a ‘target’ synovial joint with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect.

A “restricted joint” issue often occurs after an injury, such as falling and twisting your back, or wrenching your shoulder. The injury to the joint leads to muscle spasms and restricted movement. A skilled physical therapist practices joint mobilization movements, such as a “glide and slide” of opposing bones, in order to get the joints working properly again.

Joint mobilization techniques are utilized when the articular structures limit the motion of joints; producing arthrokinematic (sliding distraction, pivoting) movements that need to occur with normal motion. The therapeutic use of the therapist’s hands produce a combination of distraction and gliding in the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spine, may be effective in relieving pain, increasing joint mobility and increasing muscle flexibility. Examples of our techniques are listed below:

  • Heat Therapy
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Stretching & Flexibility Training
  • Resistance Training
  • Kinesio Taping

Soft Tissue Mobilization

Soft tissue mobilization, or massage, focuses on muscles, ligaments and tendons. Often if a patient hasn’t had a chance to use a set of muscles due to illness, or has been injured in that area, the tissues can become scarred, and robbed of the precious fluids that promote flexibility. Soft tissue massage focuses on limbering up these damaged areas, while promoting overall wellness.

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