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Mobilization Techniques

There are two types of mobilization techniques: joint and soft tissue. Mobilization is a hands-on treatment usually performed with the patient resting in a comfortable position. A therapist’s hands are used to locate the area of dysfunction and pressure is applied in the appropriate direction. Techniques are performed at a speed slow enough for the patient to stop the movement. After mobilization, stretching and strengthening exercises are used to maintain joint range of motion and pain relief. Mobilization is safe to perform on most painful and restricted joints and soft tissue; however a therapist will perform an assessment before mobilization begins.

Associated pages

Soft Tissue Mobilization
Joint Mobilization