Mobilize Your Joints with Physical Therapy!
This method of treatment entails the passive movement of specific joints in combination of active movements from the patient with the use of a specific application of force, direction, and technique.
A common limitation to movement or range of motion is due to joint dysfunction. We will assess your joint mobility and function and determine if joint mobilization is indicated to restore your motion.
How do joints work?
A joint is anywhere two or more bones meet each other. Your joints are supported by a wide range of physiological structures, including ligaments, tendons, capsules, cartilage, and muscle fibers.
All of these structures can be injured but can also benefit from physical therapy treatments, including joint mobilization.
You have hundreds of joints in your body that come in a variety of shapes and sizes (such as a “hinge joint” in your elbow, a “ball and socket joint” in your hip, or a “saddle joint” in your thumb). Your joints depend on a combination of stability and mobility to help you function efficiently and comfortably.
The specific type, magnitude, speed, and frequency of joint mobilization performed depends on several factors, including the goal of treatment, the type of joint being targeted, and even your unique anatomy.
The benefits of joint mobilization include the reduction of pain, improved range of motion, and improved quality of the joint movement itself (known as arthrokinematics).
Your joints could be causing you pain without you even realizing it!
An irritated, swollen, or misaligned joint may occur as a result of an injury, stress, poor posture, repeated movement, or even age-related wear and tear.
When this happens, the joint can become rigid and painful because it does not move smoothly.
As a result of attempting to support or stabilize the injured joint, nearby structures such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments may become tense or injured. Joint mobilization helps to restore functional movement in your joints to reduce the stress of surrounding structures.
We will also provide you with additional tools to supplement and improve the effects of joint mobilization, such as therapeutic exercises for stability and range of motion, at Central Park Physical Therapy. Certain modalities or postural neuromuscular retraining can also be applied to the treatment plan if our physical therapist finds it necessary.
Ready to add joint mobilization to your treatment plan?
Do you think joint mobilization may be right for you? If so, schedule an appointment at Central Park Physical Therapy today to learn more about our wide range of physical therapy services that we offer.
Drug-free relief from joint or muscle pain is possible. Get started on your healing journey today!