Joint injuries are a common source of pain. Overuse or sprain of a particular joint can lead to inflammation and discomfort. Therapeutic mobilisations carried out by the physiotherapist passively moves and relaxes these particular joints by mobilising the fluid within them know as synovial fluid. Mobilisation aims to restore normal mechanical movement of a joint returning it to its normal resting place thus reducing pain.
Joint manipulation is often characterised by a ‘popping’ or ‘clicking’ sound and is commonly used for pelvic and lower back issues. It is a type of passive movement whereby the physiotherapist uses high velocity low amplitude thrusting manoeuvres on joints to elicit a pain relieving effect. Manipulation also ‘unlocks’ stiffened joints, improves joint range of motion and relieves musculo-skeletal pain.