Downtown Toronto Chiropractic Mobilizations
Mobilizations, like manipulations, are used to restore motion to a joint. Unlike manipulations, which are very fast, mobilizations involve inducing a slower, oscillating movement to the joint. Because of this, no popping sound it produced.
Chiropractic mobilization refers to the physical adjustment of soft tissue or joints in the body to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, or diagnose the source of discomfort. This type of manual therapy is also commonly used in the spine when the vertebral joints, known as facet joints, have become stiff and are causing prolonged back or neck pain. Chiropractic mobilization is a hands-on therapy that is very precise and gradual, allowing the chiropractor to gently articulate the joint within its normal parameters.
Mobilization vs. Manipulation
While often used interchangeably, chiropractic mobilization and chiropractic manipulation are actually different concepts. Manipulation is a quicker thrust that takes the joint or tissue beyond its typical range of motion to alleviate pressure quickly; mobilization is a gradual adjustment where the tissue is slowly adjusted to reduce tension.
The basic goal of chiropractic mobilization is to restore normal function to problematic joints in the body. This dysfunction can be caused by a wide variety of sources, including:
- Traumatic injury
- Sports-related injury
- Poor posture
- Spine degeneration
- And more
(as defines by the Spine Institute here)