What is Mobilisation?
When referring to the joints of the body, the term mobilisation refers to a gentle moving of individual joints to achieve their best range of motion. When movement at a joint is reduced for a period of time, the fibres within the surrounding connective tissues ‘overlap’ and ‘tighten’ preventing the joint from moving to it’s full potential.
Mobilisation stretches these tight connective tissues by the practitioner applying pressure to move the joint in the way that it should move. Mobilisation of the joints, combined with stretching and strengthening exercises, gradually restores the connective tissues to their proper length and improves joint movement.
When is Mobilisation Useful?
Movement of a joint may become reduced as a result of an injury, or from repetitive stress placed on the joint from incorrect footwear or certain activities. This reduced movement can lead to pain and dysfunction within the affected joint, or in other areas of the body which are compensating for the lack of movement. It thus makes sense to try to restore motion within joints that have become “stiff”. This is what joint mobilisation aims to do.
How does mobilisation work?
When movement at a joint is reduced for a period of time, the fibres within the surrounding connective tissues ‘overlap’ and ‘tighten’ preventing the joint from moving to it’s full potential.
If you suffer from one of these conditions and it is related to a restriction of movement at a joint, mobilisation may be an effective treatment option for you. At Soul Podiatry we offer mobilisation treatment plans aimed to improve the functioning of your feet and treat foot conditions such as those outlined above.
Foot Mobilisation and Orthotics
Orthotics can be a valuable tool in correcting foot function. However, if the joints of the foot are stiff and unwilling to change, orthotics can be uncomfortable and ineffective.
Foot mobilisation can not only improve the results achieved with orthotics, in some cases it may eliminate the need for orthotics at all!
Mobilisation of the Foot
One foot contains approximately 26 bones, and over 30 joints. Many of these joints move only a very small amount, up to a few millimeters, which is virtually impossible to detect when looking at the foot. This may make them seem insignificant, however, a displacement or reduction in motion at one of these joints, can have a profound effect on the structure and function of the whole foot, especially if left untreated for a long period. Some foot pathologies that can be related to reduced motion include:
Tibialis Posterior Tendonitis
If you suffer from one of these conditions, mobilisation may be an effective treatment option for you. At Soul Podiatry we offer mobilisation treatment plans aimed to improve the functioning of your feet and treat the cause of foot pain.