Joint Mobilisation Technique

Joint mobilisation is a manual therapy technique that can be a useful and effective adjunct to other foot treatment modalities.  This treatment approach can alter neuromuscular function within the foot improving foot function overall.  It involves gentle, pain-free movements of the foot, ankle and lower leg that can increase joint flexibility and muscle strength.

The foot comprises of 33 joints in total, all of which contribute to healthy foot function through their ability to glide between one another whilst walking, running, standing and jumping. From recent research, range of motion of joints within the foot was previously underestimated and any limitation of glide in any joint may cause a change in the workings of the foot which could lead to tissue stress, injury and possible alteration in the way we walk.

Joint mobilisation techniques can be used to treat a variety of common foot conditions.  In fact, there are very few foot conditions that would not benefit from such treatment.  The most frequent applications for joint mobility would be general pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, inflamed nerves, subluxation of joints (a misalignment), and joint stiffness. Here are some examples of conditions that could be treated:

 

Mobilisation is generally recommended on a weekly basis for a course of around 4-6 30 min treatments.  The effects are often long lasting and will only require a ‘top-up’ every 6-12 months generally but every condition and individual can differ quite considerably.

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