Joint mobilization in another passive technique that your therapist may use to improve range of motion at a joint and decrease pain in the area. During mobilization of the joint, the patient relaxes as much as possible to deactivate the muscles that may be pulling on the tight joint. The therapist applies pressure to the joint in various ways depending on the severity and location of the tension found. The pressure will stretch different areas of the capsule surrounding the joint allowing for improved range of motion and usually some decrease in pain afterwards.
Depending on your therapist and your level of pain, different styles and techniques may be used to mobilize the joint. Some techniques are gentle and subtle, and some are quicker and more forceful. Your therapist will discuss with you the best technique for your particular injury and restriction.