Manipulation is defined as a form of manual therapy, which involves movement of a joint past its usual end range of motion. This can be applied to any joint. The patient is first positioned in a way that the involved joint or joints can be isolated from the others. Then, the doctor uses their hands to apply a gentle force to the joint. This adjustment moves the joint surfaces, and usually results in a popping sound.
Many times, back and neck pain is the result of joints that are not moving properly. Imagine a door that only opens halfway because of a stuck hinge. You could still use it, but it is more troublesome than a door that opens fully.
Joint mobilization is an applied passive force to move a joint in a desired direction. It is usually used to improve motion and normalize joint function. Any joint that is lacking proper motion may be mobilized. It can be used on all regions of the spine, pelvis, and extremities (shoulder, wrist, hand, hip, knee, foot and ankle).
What Benefits Are Derived From Joint Mobilization and Manipulation?
– Improved joint mobility
– Decreased muscle spasms & tension
– Decreased pain