Joint mobilisations are manual therapy techniques that aim to improve joint mobility and flexibility and reduce joint pain.
Joint mobilisation can be applied to many body joints.
There are contraindications that have to be taken into consideration for mobilisation:
- Joint swelling
- Bond Fracture
- Bulge disk (if the mobs are intended on a vertebra)
Mobilisations are applied to any joint and are different from Chiropractic adjustment.
The difference is that Chiropractic adjustments are fast movements, applied with greater pressure.
Mobilisations are constant slow repetitive movements applied to the joint.
What type of mobilisation is given during a Myotherapy treatment?
Along with a Myotherapy treatment, which would be available at Melbourne Thai Treatment from December ’22 onwards, Giovanni would evaluate if mobilisation is the right treatment for your condition.
For example, mobilisation along the spine is the most recommended when someone presents with a stiff back, either in the sacrum, lumbar, thoracic or lower cervical area.
Giovanni would always double-check with you about what the mobs felt like.
The aim is not to reproduce any pain, cracking sound, or sharp sensation.
Indeed, the aim is to reproduce a firm pressure along the vertebrae.
Regarding the thoracic area, if any of those vertebrae, reproduce pain or sharp sensation, it would be better to apply the mobs along the vertebrae/ribs joint.
By doing so, still would be possible to affect spine mobility indirectly.
Other mobilisations for which Giovanni got trained along with his Advance Diploma in Myotherapy at RMIT are for the Big Toe, Ankle, Shoulder, Feet, Hip, Wrist, and Elbow.
Mobilisations at the ankle area are used for improving ankle mobility.
Indeed the aim of improving ankle mobility is to better support during the walk, standing and or running.
Always talking about the feet area, the mobilisation applied to the Big Toes, is used along the Metatasolphalangeal Joint.
This mobilisation is applied by creating a distraction movement within the joint, so pulling the toes away and then applying a passive flexion and extension.
As already mentioned in another blog post, the Big toes are meant to extend up to 65° to 70° degrees.
In fact, the Big Toes are the feet area that should push the most in the feet strike as we walk.
In conclusion, mobilisations are a great way to increase mobility within a joint allowing better movement and improving the range of motion.