Joint Manipulation & Mobilization

At Lifepath Physiotherapy, after a thorough examination of your particular pain and injury, your Lifepath Physiotherapist will determine if a joint in your body requires joint manipulation or mobilization.

These join manipulations and mobilizations are commonly referred to as joints that are “stuck,” “locked,” or “out.” Typical joints that require this kind of care are the spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, and feet.

What is the difference between Joint Manipulation and Joint Mobilization?

Both are considered manual therapy techniques. This means the physiotherapist uses their hands to evaluate, diagnose and treat the joints.

Join Manipulation is where the physiotherapist will use quick, but small thrusts to the joint to provide immediate pain relief. Typically, this is characterized by audible “clicks” or “pops.”

Joint Mobilization is a slower movement of the joint generally in a specific direction. So depending on the injury, your physiotherapist may choose to mobilize a stiff joint first. If the stiffness continues to remain, then they may proceed to joint manipulation.

What are the benefits of Joint Manipulation and Joint Mobilization?

They have been shown to produce the following effects:

  • Reduction or relief of pain
  • Increased joint movement and mobility
  • Decreased tension in the surrounding muscles

By combining your Joint Manipulation and Mobilization treatment with other services at Lifepath Wellness, we can offer a one-stop trip to help treat your injuries and get you moving again!


Call us at (403) 235-6208 to book your Joint Manipulation and Mobilization consultation with us today!