Peripheral and Spinal Mobilisations

What is mobilisation?

Mobilisation is a hands-on manual therapy designed to restore joint movement, power, and range of motion. The therapist gently coaxes joint motion by passive movement within or to the limit of a joint’s normal range of motion. The therapist’s movement of the joint is very precise and is limited by the amount of joint play, which may be less than 1/8th of an inch.

The overall goal of mobilisation is to restore normal joint function including the surrounding soft tissue (e.g. muscle, ligaments, fascia).

Peripheral Mobilisations can be performed at the majority of joints to improve the normal physiological range of movement through direct techniques and indirect techniques that target the accessory movement that is often lost when injury occurs but is essential for normal healthy ranges of movement.

What part of the spine is treated?

In the spine, any of the facet joints and/or the costovertebral articulations (thoracic spine and ribs) may become stiff causing joint dysfunction. When a joint is unable to move freely, a cycle of muscle spasm, pain, and fatigue may begin.

What causes joint dysfunction?

Joint dysfunction can be caused by poor posture, trauma, spinal disease, or congenital problems. Left untreated, joint dysfunction can affect the surrounding soft tissue and may lead to a loss of strength and flexibility.