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What is Mobilisation?

Joint mobilisation, a technique that is used by all PEAK practitioners, helps to increase movement in joints which are stiff and tight. Mobilisation uses movements, called oscillations, to promote movement in the stiff joint. The degree of the movement in your joint will assist us to determine the amount of force we apply to any particular joint.

How Does Mobilisation Work?

When a joint is subject to trauma, overuse or dysfunction it can lead to the joint becoming stiff and lacking the ability to perform the necessary movement it was designed to do. Mobilisation aims to passively restore this a result of the techniques used on the joints. There are a wide array of mobilisation techniques which can be used on almost all joints of the body. The location of your injury, your age, the severity of the injury and your previous experience with Mobilisation will assist your PEAK practitioner to determine what technique is used.

Physiological Effects of Joint Mobilisation

Your PEAK practitioner will apply targeted pressure on a joint in specific directions to help improve the mobility of that joint. The pressure used with joint mobilisations is dependent on the desired outcomes and stiffness of the joint surface. Joint mobilisation targets special cells within the tissue, known as mechanoreceptors, which respond specifically to direct pressure. The pressure applied via joint mobilisation creates the following effects on the tissues:

  • Stretching the joint structures to achieve greater flexibility
  • Altering the activity of the nervous system to reduce pain
  • Improves blood supply to the joint

Benefits of Mobilisation

The benefits of mobilisation may be:

  • Reduced pain
  • Increased movement
  • Improved function
  • Less stiffness

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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone who is suffering from a painful or restricted joint may benefit from joint mobilisation.

Foot mobilisation can help to relieve short term discomfort in a joint. Once foot mobilisation is applied your PEAK practitioner will also recommend further exercises and advice to help maintain the effects of foot mobilisation.

Joint Mobilisation provides little if any discomfort. There are different grades of mobilisation which we will apply depending on the level of movement of the joint and use the appropriate, and the most comfortable, level of mobilisation.

In the majority of cases we are able to use lower grades of mobilisation on a sub-acute sprain to relieve discomfort.

A lot! Generally speaking, mobilisation is a passive technique (we do the work) whereas other stretch techniques may be more active (you also do some movements).

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Hawthorne

PEAK Hawthorne opened in 2012 and was extended and renovated in 2020. You see the same team whether we see you at Hawthorne or one of our other clinics.  Hawthorne offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

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New Farm

PEAK New Farm opened in August 2019. You see the same team whether we see you at New Farm or one of our other clinics. New Farm offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

Hawthorne

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Hawthorne, QLD, 4171
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1/15 Lamington Street,
New Farm, QLD, 4005
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