Spinal mobilisation refers to the movement of a joint through either a graded pressure applied through the skin and soft tissues by the therapist or through the passive movement of the patient’s body to cause movement at a specific joint.
Physiotherapists use this mobilisation technique to improve the tissue tension around the stiff or fixed joint and to improve the natural glide and movement at a specific joint.
This will result in an increased range of movement and reduced muscle tightness.
Spinal mobilisation can assist in reducing pain around a specific site in the spine by reducing muscle spasm causing the pain and also by reducing sensitivity at an area. Your physiotherapist will determine a grade or amplitude of spinal mobilisation that will meet your treatment needs.
Occasionally your physiotherapist may manipulate your spine otherwise referred to as “cracking your back”. This may occur spontaneously during treatment or may be used as a specific technique with your consent. We will not perform spinal manipulation on your cervical region.