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Joint Mobilisation:

Mobilisation is a commonly used, hands-on technique that aims to restore movement to a hypomobile (stiff) joint  and to reduce pain. It is usually performed as oscillatory movements of a joint and will often involve more than one level.

Maximal joint stiffness is actually found in the level above or below the joint producing the patients symptoms.  Manipulations, in contrast to mobilizations, are performed as a single high velocity thrust at the end of the joint range of motion.

A thorough physical examination by your physiotherapist will determine which is the most appropriate technique for your particular diagnosis.

Although primarily used in the treatment of joint conditions, mobilizations can also be extremely effective when dealing with nerve or muscular injuries.

Neural Mobilisation:

Abnormal neural (nerve) tension is found in all genders and age groups in patients with low back pain. Neural tension tests, such as the slump test and straight leg raise, are often restricted and may play an important role in aggravating the patients symptoms.

Correction of joint and soft tissue abnormalities frequently results in an improvement in neural tension and in the range of motion of neural structures. Neural mobilization (stretching) should be performed with considerable caution by an experienced clinician. Excessive use may aggravate the patients symptoms for a period of time.


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