MindBody Physiotherapy & Wellness Clinic

  • 107 Hawthorn Way Unit 6, Leduc, AB T9E 0B1
  • Mon to Fri 9:00am to 6:00pm

Joint Mobilization

Joint Mobilization

Mobilize Your Joints and Get Moving Once Again!

Are You in Need of Our Joint Mobilization Services?

Joint mobilization is an extremely helpful treatment option; however, many patients don’t know about the benefits of it.

Our expert physiotherapists specialize in joint mobilization therapy. They will perform this manual therapy at our Leduc, AB physiotherapy clinic.

With joint mobilization, your physiotherapist can use his or her hands to mobilize an affected joint. Or they may decide to use certain tools, including straps, to help deliver the desired treatment effect.

This form of treatment involves the passive movement of specific joints using the skilled application of force, direction, and technique.

If you believe you could benefit from our joint mobilization techniques, contact Mindbody Physiotherapy today for more information!

What should I know about joint mobilization?

Joints are formed by the articulating surfaces of two or more bones. They depend on a combination of both stability and mobility in order to help you function efficiently and comfortably.

There are a wide variety of physiological structures that support joints. These structures include capsules, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and muscle fibers. Physiotherapy will help if you injure these joints.

You have hundreds of joints in your body. They come in a variety of types and sizes (such as a “hinge joint” in your elbow, a “ball and socket joint” in your hip, or a “saddle joint” in your thumb).

The specific type, magnitude, speed, and frequency of joint mobilization performed depends on several factors, including the goal of treatment, the type of joint being targeted, and even your own unique anatomy.

The benefits of joint mobilizations include pain reduction, improved range of motion, and improved quality of joint movement itself (known as arthrokinematics).

How do I know if joint mobilization will benefit me?

Sometimes, a joint can become irritated, swollen, or misaligned. This can be a result of injury, stress, poor posture, repetitive movement. Or even as a result of age-related wear and tear.

When this happens, the joint may not move correctly and become stiff and painful. Nearby structures including muscles, tendons, and ligaments may become tense or injured as a compensatory effect of trying to support or stabilize the injured joint. This can lead to muscle weakness or even impingement and damage to nearby nerves.

Joint mobilization isn’t appropriate for all patients, and our skilled and experienced physiotherapists can determine if it’s right for you or a loved one.

Specific conditions which our physiotherapy team successfully manage with joint mobilizations include:

  •      1. Facet joint locking and other types of spinal misalignments
  •      2. Medial or lateral epicondylitis (golfer’s or tennis elbow, respectively)
  •      3. Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  •      4. Arthritis (especially of the shoulder, spine, elbow, hip, and knee)
  •      5. Sciatica and other types of nerve impingement syndromes
  •      6. Rotator cuff tears and sprains
  •      7. Ankle sprains
  •      8. Whiplash

Joint issues are often the hidden underlying factors driving other types of injuries and ailments including muscle strains, ligament damage, and bursitis, so this is why we strongly encourage you to consult with an Leduc, AB physiotherapist with any type of acute or chronic dysfunction.

Your joints could be contributing to your pain without you even realizing it!

How will I know what my sessions will look like?

If you come to see a physiotherapist at MindBody with acute or chronic joint pain, then you can first expect to be thoroughly evaluated on an initial examination.

We’ll be assessing and evaluating everything from your range of motion, strength, coordination, pain level, posture, and even relative tissue tension in order to devise an accurate diagnosis.

Based on our exam findings, as well as the information we glean from questioning you about your current and past medical history, we’ll be able to devise a customized treatment plan to meet your unique needs.

Since joint mobilization techniques have been shown to be effective for a variety of conditions, we very well may decide to implement this type of manual therapy in your plan of care.

To prepare for a physiotherapy session with joint mobilization at MindBody, be sure to wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing.

Your therapist will need to be able to see or at least easily palpate (feel) the specific joint he or she is mobilizing (keeping in mind of course, that your privacy and comfort are of utmost concern to our staff).

Your physiotherapist will also be sure to offer you clear details on how to sit or lie during the session, what you should expect to feel, as well as what to do following your session in order to maximize effects and prevent recurring pain or dysfunction.

To complement and optimize the effects of joint mobilizations, we’ll also instruct you in additional services, which may include therapeutic exercises for strengthening and range of motion, modalities, and postural and neuromuscular retraining.

Get started with MindBody Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic today!

Are you wondering if joint mobilization is right for you?

If so, book an appointment at MindBody Physiotherapy today to learn about our wide range of physiotherapy services we offer.

Drug-free relief from your joint or muscle pain is possible. Get your healing journey started today

Source: Principles of Joint Mobilization

"UNLOCKING SOLUTIONS, EMPOWERING WITH ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS."


  • What is physiotherapy, and how can I benefit?

    Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession focused on improving and restoring movement and function to individuals affected by injury, illness, or disability. Physiotherapists utilize a variety of techniques, including exercise prescription, manual therapy, and modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation, to address musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary conditions. The benefits of physiotherapy are vast and can positively impact individuals of all ages and abilities. By addressing pain, improving mobility, and restoring function, physiotherapy can help you recover from injuries faster and prevent future recurrences. Additionally, physiotherapy plays a crucial role in promoting overall health and well-being by enhancing physical strength, flexibility, and endurance. Whether you're recovering from a sports injury, managing chronic pain, rehabilitating after surgery, or seeking to improve your mobility and quality of life, physiotherapy offers personalized care and support tailored to your unique needs. By working closely with a physiotherapist, you can optimize your physical function, enhance your independence, and achieve your goals for a healthier, more active lifestyle.

  • Can I see a physiotherapist even if I'm not injured or experiencing any pain?

    Yes, you can see a physiotherapist even if you're not injured or experiencing pain. Physiotherapy isn't just for injury recovery; it's also highly beneficial for injury prevention and overall wellness. Here are some reasons to visit a physiotherapist without being injured: Injury Prevention: Physiotherapists can identify potential risk factors and biomechanical issues that may lead to injuries. They can design personalized exercise programs to strengthen weak areas and improve flexibility and balance, reducing the risk of future injuries. Performance Enhancement: Athletes and fitness enthusiasts can benefit from physiotherapy to enhance their performance. Physiotherapists can provide sport-specific training, optimize movement patterns, and offer techniques to improve strength, endurance, and agility. Posture and Ergonomics: Many people suffer from poor posture due to sedentary lifestyles. Physiotherapists can assess your posture and recommend ergonomic adjustments and exercises to improve alignment and reduce strain on your body. General Well-being: Regular physiotherapy can help maintain overall musculoskeletal health, manage stress, and promote relaxation through techniques such as massage therapy and guided stretching. Visiting a physiotherapist proactively can help you maintain optimal health and prevent potential issues from developing.

  • What does the initial consultation involve?

    The initial consultation in a physiotherapy setting, particularly for Advanced Sports Physiotherapy, involves several key steps to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the patient's needs and to establish an effective treatment plan. First, the physiotherapist conducts a detailed medical history review, including any previous injuries, surgeries, and current health conditions. This is followed by a discussion of the patient's goals, whether it's injury recovery, performance enhancement, or injury prevention. Next, a physical examination is performed. This includes assessing posture, gait, range of motion, strength, flexibility, and functional movement patterns. For athletes, sport-specific assessments may be conducted to identify any biomechanical issues or imbalances. The physiotherapist may also utilize diagnostic tools such as ultrasound or other imaging techniques if necessary. Based on the findings, the physiotherapist develops a personalized treatment plan, outlining recommended therapies, exercises, and lifestyle modifications. They also provide education on injury prevention and strategies to optimize performance. Finally, the consultation includes setting realistic goals and discussing the expected timeline and outcomes of the treatment. Contact MindBody Physiotherapy & Wellness Clinic to schedule your initial consultation and start your journey to optimal health and performance.

  • What does a treatment or follow-up session involve, and how many sessions will I need?

    In a treatment or follow-up session at MindBody Physiotherapy & Wellness Clinic, the process begins with a reassessment of your condition. This includes reviewing your progress, evaluating any changes in symptoms, and adjusting the treatment plan accordingly. A typical session may involve a combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, modalities such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation, and education on injury prevention and self-management strategies. The number of sessions needed varies depending on the nature and severity of your condition, your progress, and your individual goals. Acute injuries might require a few weeks of consistent sessions, while chronic conditions or post-surgical rehabilitation could extend over several months. Generally, the initial phase involves more frequent visits, which may taper off as you make progress and gain strength. Your physiotherapist will provide a personalized treatment plan and timeline after the initial assessment, ensuring that you receive the optimal amount of care to achieve a full recovery and prevent future injuries. For a tailored treatment plan, contact MindBody Physiotherapy & Wellness Clinic today.

  • Do I need a doctor’s referral to come to Physiotherapy?

    No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to come to physiotherapy. You can directly book an appointment with a physiotherapist, who will assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan. However, some insurance plans may require a doctor’s referral for reimbursement purposes. It's advisable to check with your insurance provider to understand their specific requirements. Regardless of insurance stipulations, seeing a physiotherapist without a referral can expedite your access to care, allowing for quicker intervention and recovery. If you have any concerns or need further clarification, contacting your physiotherapy clinic directly can provide the specific guidance you need.

  • What should I expect during my first appointment?

    During your first appointment at MindBody Physiotherapy & Wellness Clinic, you can expect a comprehensive assessment to understand your specific needs and goals. The session will begin with a detailed discussion of your medical history, current symptoms, and any relevant sports or physical activities. This will be followed by a physical examination, including posture analysis, range of motion tests, and strength assessments. Based on these findings, your physiotherapist will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your condition. This plan may include manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and recommendations for at-home care. The goal is to provide a clear path to recovery, optimize your performance, and prevent future injuries.

  • How many treatments will I need?

    The number of treatments you will need varies depending on the nature and severity of your condition, your personal health goals, and how your body responds to therapy. For acute injuries or issues, you might require a shorter treatment plan, typically ranging from a few sessions to a few weeks. Chronic conditions or more severe injuries may necessitate a longer-term approach, possibly involving several months of regular sessions. Your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment during your initial consultation to create a personalized treatment plan. This plan will outline the recommended number of sessions and their frequency. Regular evaluations will be conducted to monitor your progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed to ensure optimal recovery and performance enhancement.

  • How long will I be in the clinic for each session?

    The duration of your session at the clinic can vary depending on the specific treatment plan recommended by your physiotherapist. Typically, sessions range from 30 minutes to an hour, encompassing a combination of assessment, treatment, and therapeutic exercises tailored to your individual needs. During your initial consultation, your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment to identify the nature of your condition, assess your range of motion, strength, and functional limitations. Based on this assessment, they will develop a personalized treatment plan and discuss the expected duration of each session with you, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of what to expect and how long each appointment will last.

  • Does my extended health care cover physiotherapy treatment?

    Determining whether your extended health care covers physiotherapy treatment depends on your specific insurance policy. Many extended health care plans do cover physiotherapy to some extent, but the extent of coverage can vary widely between plans and providers. Some plans may cover a certain number of sessions per year, while others may have a monetary limit or require pre-authorization for treatment. It's essential to review your insurance policy or contact your insurance provider directly to understand the details of your coverage, including any deductibles, co-payments, or restrictions that may apply. Additionally, speaking with your physiotherapy clinic can help clarify how they can assist you in navigating your insurance coverage to access the treatment you need.

  • How soon can I get an appointment?

    At MindBody Physiotherapy & Wellness Clinic, we understand the importance of timely access to care. We strive to accommodate our clients' schedules and offer flexible appointment options. Depending on availability, you may be able to schedule an appointment within a few days of contacting us. Our friendly staff will work with you to find a convenient time slot that fits your schedule. Contact us today to inquire about our current availability and book your appointment for Advanced Sports Physiotherapy in Leduc. Your journey to optimal health and performance starts here.

  • Do I need to see my doctor before booking a physiotherapy assessment?

    It's generally advisable to consult your doctor before booking a physiotherapy assessment, especially if you're experiencing significant pain, have recently undergone surgery, or have a pre-existing medical condition. Your doctor can provide valuable insights into your overall health and any specific concerns that may impact your physiotherapy treatment. Additionally, they can offer guidance on whether physiotherapy is the appropriate course of action for your condition or if further medical evaluation is necessary. While a doctor's referral is not always required to see a physiotherapist, it can streamline the process and ensure that you receive the most effective care tailored to your individual needs. Physiotherapists work closely with medical professionals to coordinate care and optimize outcomes, so consulting your doctor before booking a physiotherapy assessment can help facilitate a collaborative approach to your treatment plan.

  • If I've already undergone an assessment with my physician, what's the necessity for a physical therapy assessment?

    While a physician's assessment focuses on diagnosing medical conditions and prescribing treatment, a physical therapy assessment provides a specialized evaluation of musculoskeletal function and movement patterns. Physical therapists are experts in identifying biomechanical imbalances, muscle weaknesses, and movement dysfunctions that may contribute to pain or impair function. Additionally, physical therapy assessments often include functional testing to assess mobility, strength, and flexibility, providing valuable information to guide treatment planning and rehabilitation. Therefore, even after seeing a physician, a physical therapy assessment is essential for developing an individualized treatment plan aimed at optimizing function, reducing pain, and preventing future injuries.

  • How many treatments does it take to get better?

    The number of treatments required to achieve recovery varies depending on the individual's condition, severity of the injury, and response to therapy. In many cases, improvement can be noticed within a few sessions, especially with acute injuries or conditions. However, chronic or complex issues may necessitate a longer treatment plan. Physiotherapists tailor treatment frequency and duration based on ongoing assessment and progress monitoring, aiming to optimize outcomes while minimizing the duration of therapy. Ultimately, the goal is to empower individuals with the tools and techniques to manage their condition effectively, promoting long-term recovery and wellness.

  • Do you provide treatment for clients injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs)?

    Yes, at our clinic, we provide comprehensive treatment for clients injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). Our experienced team of physiotherapists specializes in assessing and treating a wide range of injuries resulting from car accidents, including whiplash, soft tissue injuries, and musculoskeletal pain. We offer personalized rehabilitation programs tailored to each client's specific needs, focusing on pain relief, restoring mobility, and improving overall function. Our goal is to help clients recover fully from their MVA injuries and regain their quality of life as quickly and effectively as possible.

  • What if I injured at work or in a car accident?

    If you're injured at work or in a car accident, it's crucial to seek prompt medical attention. Notify your employer or the relevant authorities immediately, and if necessary, seek medical attention to address any injuries sustained. In cases of workplace injury, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits, while car accidents may involve insurance claims. Consulting with a legal professional experienced in personal injury law can help you understand your rights, navigate the claims process, and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages incurred as a result of the injury.