Joint manipulation and mobilization are manual therapy techniques during which a clinician passively moves a joint through a small amplitude to reduce pain, increase range of motion and decrease stiffness. Joint manipulation/mobilization is not to be confused with stretching. Generally, stretching seeks to maximize muscle length while joint mobilization seeks to create movement within the joint itself. The localized movement elicited within a joint during a manipulation/mobilization technique can facilitate more generalized, macro-level movement. Sometimes joint mobilizations are performed concurrently with larger movement patterns. Healthy joints have a certain “play” or springiness to them. As part of our assessment at Resilient, we evaluate gross movement patterns and localized joint function. When indicated, we utilize joint-centric techniques to restore function and improve performance.

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What is joint manipulation?

Joint manipulation is a process in which joints are passively mobilized to improve range of motion and decrease pain using a high velocity technique.

Does joint manipulation hurt?

If performed properly, joint manipulation should not hurt.

What are the benefits of joint manipulation?

Improved range of motion, decreased stiffness, and decreased pain

Is there anyone who shouldnt have joint manipulation treatment?

People with fractures, dislocations, cancer, infection, and certain arthritic conditions.

Are there any risks with joint mobilization?

If performed improperly or in the wrong person, joint mobilization may worsen a current injury or create a new injury.

Does insurance cover joint mobilization treatment?

It depends on the policy though joint mobilization is often covered under manual therapy.

Why do joints pop?

The current theory is that joints pop from gas in the joint coming out of solution.

What is joint mobilization?

Joint manipulation is a process in which joints are passively mobilized to improve range of motion and decrease pain using a low velocity technique.