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Using Physical Therapy for Joint Mobilization

Physical therapy has long been known as an effective non-surgical and non-medicinal pain management technique. Its meteoric rise is partially linked to the opioid overdose epidemic that has engulfed the USA.

The CDC states that the number of opioids that are prescribed to Americans has quadrupled since the 1990s; however, there hasn’t been a correlated fall in cases of chronic pain. This brings us to the conclusion that it’s time to move away from opiates and to safer alternatives like physical therapy.

Other than pain management, physical therapy is also immensely useful for improving mobility and muscle activation. The act of manipulating muscles to realign them and help them regain movement is called joint mobilization.

What does the process entail?

Joint mobilization is a manual therapy technique in which practitioners administer a series of specialized movements to the joints in the target area. The pressure is applied at carefully calculated, varying speeds and amplitudes. The oscillating movements are therapeutic.

In a nutshell, the practitioner is mimicking the movement that takes place when the bones naturally glide. By doing so, they realign them, managing musculoskeletal dysfunction. The practitioner first determines the source of the pain before carrying out the procedure. They do this by evaluating the intervertebral mobility of the cervical segment, as well as that of the surrounding tissues.

How does joint mobilization help?

The main purpose of joint manipulation is to break the adhesions that disrupt joint movements. Most doctors suggest this therapy when the range of motion in the tibia or the femur is lacking. Loss of movement can occur as a result of musculoskeletal disorders, diseases, trauma, injuries, or aging. Joint mobilization therapy increases the range of joint mobility to enhance your overall mobility.

Other than restoring motion, the technique also has neurophysiologic effects, such as pain and spasm reduction. As per studies, controlled movement and stress also help joints heal by allowing for optimal regeneration and tissue growth.

The same study also states that joint mobilization facilitates elbow rehabilitation and reduces stiffness in joints. This, in turn, reduces nerve adhesion and nerve-related pain.

If you’re based in New York and New Jersey, head over to a NJ Pain Recovery Center like PAIN+Recovery for a wide range of therapeutic treatments including joint mobilization and Neuropathic pain NJTake a look at our services here. 

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