How does joint mobilization aid in increasing range of motion?

Leading Edge

After a long period of immobilization, overuse, or trauma, are you unable to move your joints? If this is the case, early treatment is required to restore normal movement to the affected joints. Joint mobilization is one such treatment method. Physiotherapists use this technique to passively move the joint to increase the range of motion and reduce pain. The treatment improves gliding, rolling, spinning, and other movements that occur between the bones after an injury. These are small, unintentional movements that help the joints perform at their best. We’ll talk about the advantages of joint mobilization in this blog. Visit Leading Edge today to get yourself examined  and start a new pain-free life

Joint Mobilization

Well-trained physiotherapists use this technique, also known as manual therapy. The application of graded forces to move a joint in the desired direction is known as joint mobilization. To allow free movement of the joint, the person is placed in a comfortable and relaxed position. Hands are used to locate the joint to be mobilized, and mobilization is performed at a slow speed, with or without oscillations or a stretch, with the hands moving in the appropriate direction. Joint mobilization is graded from one to five. Grades 1–4 are for applying partial movement glides to the end range, while Grade 5 is for manipulation. The treatment is progressed with the use of high-speed mobilizations, which aid in the reduction of pain and the restoration of joint function.

Classification of movements:

Medial to Lateral

Anterior to Posterior (AP)




What Happens When a Joint’s Motion Is Limited?

Because of the limited joint mobility, cartilage nutrition begins to decline within the joint, and other joints begin to compensate for the stiffness of the joint by moving excessively. The adjacent joints deteriorate due to overuse because of this overuse. The muscles that surround the stiff joint become tight and lose their ability to contract and relax properly, resulting in joint dysfunction.

Leading Edge Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation is dedicated to increasing access to high-quality physiotherapy care by utilizing cutting-edge clinics and highly skilled practitioners. Our integrated / multi-therapy approach allows us to maintain a strong focus on the needs of our patients and provide the highest level of patient-centered care with improved outcomes.


  • Decreases pain,
  • Decreases joint tightness,
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Decreases muscle spasms
  • Decreases muscle tension,
  • Induce reflex muscle relaxation,
  • Increases functionality.

Joint Mobilization Indications

To determine when the techniques are needed, the physiotherapist looks at the anatomy, arthrokinematics, and pathology of the neuromusculoskeletal system. To determine whether joint mobilization is appropriate for the specific musculoskeletal condition, the pathomechanics of the condition must first be understood.


Joint mobilization is a successful treatment technique for many types of joint dysfunction, but it must be used with caution in the following situations:

  • Joint hypermobility
  • Osteoporosis
  • Joint effusion
  • Severe scoliosis
  • Fracture
  • joint ankylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Paget’s disease
  • Malignancy
  • Pregnancy

Joint mobilization complications such as tendon or muscle injury, nerve damage, dislocation, and fracture should be avoided. To avoid any unnecessary injuries, these techniques should be performed by a well-trained physiotherapist.

Leading Edge works with you from beginning to end, providing a comprehensive program that incorporates a variety of therapies and modalities. We also provide support and guidance after treatment to help prevent injury and pain from recurring. The joy on our patients’ faces motivates us to keep going.


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *