Passive joint mobilisation is a safe, non surgical technique frequently used by Osteopaths, Sports Therapists and Physiotherapists. The aim is to improve joint mobility and reduce pain.
Mobility of a joint or “range of motion” is often impaired following injury or surgery and it is imperative that as much mobility is restored as soon as possible. However, this has to be done carefully and gradually with emphasis on correct positioning and function.
Joint mobilisation is a gentle manual therapy, applied at varying intensities or “grades”, depending on the severity of the condition and required outcome.
These grades of mobilisation produce different actions on mechanoreceptors in the joint.
From a gentle oscillatory motion to more sustained movements at a joints’ “end of range”, different receptors can be activated which are aimed at improving the range and fluidity of movement, whilst reducing tension of the surrounding soft tissues and increasing blood flow and lymphatic drainage around the joint.
Joint mobilisation is used where a joint may have been restricted by injury or casting. It is also a necessary part of the rehabilitation following surgery and joint replacement.