Sports Injury Management and Sports Massage

Joint Mobilisations

Joint mobilisations are a form of manual therapy. Gentle passive movements work through Maitland’s grading system and can restore range of motion and function, and reduce pain. Following an examination and assessment, the restricted range of motion is worked into whilst the injured joint is fully supported. They may sound daunting but the results can be fantastic.

MAITLAND CONCEPT:

There are 5 grades of motion. Each determines the amount of movement targeted during the treatment.

  • Grade 1 – small movements of the spine or joint within the joints resistance.
  • Grade 2 – larger movements of the spine or joint still within the joints resistance.
  • Grade 3 – large movements of the spine or joint performed into the joints resistance.
  • Grade 4 – small movements of the spine or joint performed into the joints resistance, normally at end of range.
  • Grade 5 – a high velocity movement performed into the joints resistance, also know as joint manipulation.

The grade of mobilisation used depends on the severity and irritability of the joint pain. All joint mobilisations are performed in a pain free manner. Constant re-assessment throughout the treatment ensures the chosen joint mobilisation is having the desired effect.

BENEFITS OF JOINT MOBILISATIONS:

There are many known effects of joint mobilisations, including the following:

  • Reduced joint stiffness.
  • Reduced joint pain.
  • Increased range of motion at a joint.
  • Realigns joint structures following an injury.

So if you have a lower back injury, neck pain, ankle stiffness, or a frozen shoulder, there is a joint mobilisation to help restore movement and reduce pain.