Joint mobilization, performed by a physical therapist, is a gentle and safe alternative to joint manipulation, performed by a chiropractor. Joint mobilization is done when a bone, or individual vertebrae, is moved in order to release painful tension, stiffness, chronic pain, and in some cases to improve the range of motion of a joint.
The mobilizations themselves are performed by a practitioner in various pressures for example grade one mobilizations are gentle movements meant to initiate a full range of movement, grade two mobilizations are applied with slightly more pressure for pain relief, and grade three mobilizations are a little more intense in order to relieve pain and improve a joints range of motion. Finally, grade four mobilizations are rather intense stretches meant to relieve tension in chronically damaged joints.
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