Joint Mobilization

Joint Mobilization

What is it?

This is a process of using graded forces to move a joint in a focused desired direction. It is not like stretching of a muscle and is specific to the joint capsule itself. Gliding of the joint is usually done to increase functionality of the joint, but it is also a fictional methodology to reduce the symptoms of pain experienced by patients.

Joints focussed on:

  • Shoulder
  • Wrist
  • Hands
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Foot
  • Ankle

How is joint mobilization conducted?

The patient is generally placed into a position of comfort, thus, allowing them to relax and allow the joint to be free moving. The therapist will then use their hands to localise the joint and apply a directed amount of force in an appropriate direction. The amount of force and direction will depend on the patient and the injury.


  • Decrease in tension and spasms
  • Increased Range of motion
  • Reduced pain
  • Better joint movement