Joint Manipulation & Mobilizations


Joint manipulation and mobilization techniques are frequently utilized by physiotherapists in the treatment of their patients. Manipulation involves a “skillful high velocity low amplitude thrust of either a spinal joint (neck, mid back, low back or pelvis) or peripheral joint (ie. wrist, ankle, elbow)”. Often there is a click/pop associated. For many patients the research strongly supports physiotherapy manipulation as an integral component in the management of their musculoskeletal disorder.

Some potential effects of manipulation include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Increased mobility and range of motion
  • Improved functional outcome

The vast majority of patients will be provided with an exercise program after the manipulation to maintain the benefits of the technique and allow for a progression toward independently managing their condition.