When joints become dysfunctional as a result of trauma, overuse or disuse, they are unable to perform the movements for which they were designed. Joint mobilisation is a technique podiatrists use to restore the small, involuntary movements that assist joints to perform to their optimum. Joint mobilisation involves performing a back and forth oscillation of the joint in order to restore motion.
Joint mobilisation is helpful in cases where pain and joint tightness limit motion.
Joint mobilisation has been found to be successful in treating many cases of joint dysfunction, however certain precautions are necessary. Once pain is under control and motion is restored, strength training will be introduced gradually until you are able to resume normal activity.