Joint mobilizations are techniques utilized by physical therapists to increase or improve arthrokinematic motion at a joint. They involve the therapist using hands to stabilize a joint as well as applying motion through the joint surfaces passively as the patient relaxes. Joint mobilization can be performed on virtually any articulation in the body from the temporomandibular joint to the spine and from the fingers to the toes.
Manual therapy also includes soft tissue techniques, such as myofascial release, to stretch connective tissues and positional release to reset nerve receptors in the muscles and tendons to reduce tension. These techniques aid in restoring normal tissue mobility, decrease pain, and allow improved ability to resume full activity symptom-free.
Manual therapy is typically followed by specific strength exercises to improve and maintain joint stability and stretching exercises to maintain the appropriate joint motion.
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