All joints are designed to be mobile, but the mobility of any joint will reduce over time due to repetitive strains, injuries, overuse and even lack of use.
Based on their requirements, some joints need more mobility than others, for example:
The shoulder is made up of three bones and the joints between them are highly mobile, giving us a great range of movement, but limited strength.
The foot is made up of 26 bones and the numerous joints between them have very limited mobility, but have great strength (they carry your body weight all day!).
In both examples, the mobility required in all the joints must be available, or the ability to function properly will be reduced, possibly causing restricted movement, pain and/or inflammation.
It is also vital to check and treat if necessary the other joints of the limb and torso, which may be affecting the joint being treated.
Joint mobilisation is usually carried out following deep tissue massage, which is used to loosen the muscles and warm up the ligaments surrounding the joint(s) to be mobilised, to aid treatment. Different mobilisation techniques are used depending on the joint(s) being treated and any specific contra-indications that need to be taken into consideration.
The techniques used are not painful or aggressive, and no ‘High Velocity Techniques’ (also known as manipulation) are used.
If a manipulative technique is mutually thought to be necessary, referral to a Registered Chiropractor or Osteopath would be recommended.
All Joint Mobilisation is carried out by Brian.