Pain often arises because joints seize up. Stiff joints ache due to a lack of secretion of joint lubricating fluid (synovial fluid) which nourishes the joint cartilage. Stiff joints are also known to develop premature arthritic changes.
Unfortunately, if you have restricted movement in a given joint your body will automatically compensate for the lack of movement elsewhere leading to secondary injuries. This is the basis of most of the dysfunctional movement patterns we end up seeing every day.
Gentle joint mobilisation techniques can be applied by The Body Clinics physiotherapists to restore normal movement of your stiff, achy joints. In cases where joints are very stiff a manipulation may be required. This is where the joint is carefully positioned by the therapist and gently thrusted to restore full movement. Often the patient will feel or hear a small pop or click as the joint is manipulated.
Joint mobilisation and manipulative techniques are safe and effective in the correct hands – our hands!
What We Can Do
Our physiotherapists are highly trained in a wide range of modalities, which most patients will find effective at providing pain-relief and restoring function. Our individually tailored treatment protocols will typically involve one or more of the following modalities.
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