Monday, 7 December 2009


What is mobilisation?

Slow, controlled, preferably unloaded movement of a joint through a full ROM (pain free) in all available planes of motion.

Mobilisation will improve/maintain mobility of a joint

Remember: Psychologically people might refrain from certain movements because it has hurt them in the past. Passive movements can promote confidence and encourage them to start moving the joint again :)

Contraindications to joint mobility work:

  • Pain
  • Heat/inflammation (swelling)
  • Recent unstable fractures
  • Neurological symptoms (spasms, numbness, pins & needles, dead shoulder = nerve impingment)
  • Mechanical blocks (e.g. bursas trapped under acromion head)

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