Hand therapy services

Mobilisation of Joints

Mobilisation of Joints

What is the mobilisation of joints?

When joints become dysfunctional, as a result of trauma, overuse, or disuse, they are unable to perform movement for which they were designed. Joint mobilisation is a technique hand therapists (physiotherapists) use to restore this movement. Joint mobilisation involves moving the joint back and forth in small oscillating movements further and further into range to restore the joints normal movement. It also stimulates the cartilage to produce synovial fluid which provides the joints with the necessary nutrition and lubrication.

Joint mobilisation is beneficial where the joints are tight or restricted in motion.  Sometimes it can help restore the correct mechanics to a joint that is slightly maligned.

What conditions does it treat?

  • Hand/Wrist/Shoulder Pain
  • Trigger Fingers
  • Adhesions and Scars
  • Tendon repairs
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Musician Injuries
  • Neck and Thoracic Spine

Our approach

Our strength is in Diagnosis, Education and Custom Treatment Programs.

Every individual is assessed thoroughly and given an accurate diagnosis from their history and initial presentation of symptoms.  Progress is re-assessed around three weeks to confirm diagnosis. If an injury is not tracking as expected from normal tissue healing time frames and there are no reasons for lack of progress, consultation with the team happens to check diagnosis and progress is accurate.  

Injuries are explained in detail to each patient.  Diagrams are drawn and photos of conditions are given.  Patients are encouraged to ask questions, so they are fully informed of their condition or injury.  Expectations like when to return to work, sport, music, and driving are given.  Our therapists come alongside the patient to develop individual treatment programs, set up in conjunction with the patients’ goals and expectations.  

Every patient contributes to their treatment program and what they are able to do, so they are actively involved in their rehabilitation. 

Other shoulder, arm and hand therapy methods

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Pain Management

Acute pain is when the body is working to heal structural tissue damage. Everything is done to ensure structural and mechanical integrity if maximised of the injured tissues.

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Wound Management

Most wounds recover in the repair phase of healing, which is approximately three weeks. Our therapists (physiotherapists) look after your wounds by providing dressings that are applied with a sterile technique to avoid infection.

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Customisation of Splints/Orthosis

The body naturally goes through a process to heal injuries, however if not supported to enable rest the injury can continue to happening and it takes a much longer time to heal.

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Exercise Prescription

Exercise is the body’s natural way of restoration to improve stability, mechanics, strength and movement to an injury. Whether the injury is from overuse, trauma, disease or surgery exercises are necessary to restore function.

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Stretches

Stretching is extremely beneficial for our joints, muscles and tendons. Not only do they help prepare your body work/exercises they ensure you are working at your optimum energy efficiency.

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Therapeutic Massage

Massage helps to remove these chemicals by improving the blood supply to the injured area so healthy nutrients are supplied to the area so healing is faster. 

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