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How you can incorporate Spinal Mobilisation into your soft tissue work

Updated: Jan 8

What is Spinal Mobilisation?


Spinal Mobilisation is a manual therapy technique used to help with increase joint function and decrease pain. For example, muscle imbalances occur due to strain and sprain, repetitive injury, immobility, resulted in limited joint mobility leading to decreased nutrients within the joint cartilage. Other adjacent joints start to compensate for this joint dysfunction/stiffness by moving excessively, making these adjacent joints overuse and resulting in joint deterioration. Muscles supporting the stiff joint become tight and unable to contract and relax, lactic acid produced within the muscle unable to drain out causing pain and stiffness of the joint.


By taking the joint to the restrictive barrier and slightly beyond, using a slow and rhythmic manner. The practitioner is able to increase quality and quantity of joint motion, thereby decrease muscle tension and spasms, decrease pain and discomfort and promote muscle relaxation, increase fluid dynamics of joint to restore joint function.




Some conditions may prevent the use of Spinal Mobilisation techniques:


• Hypermobility (Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes)

• Fracture

• Nerve compression

• Rheumatoid arthritis

& patients on anticoagulant medication

• Severe infection

• Fused joints


Spinal Mobilisation is a safe and effective tool as part of a broader manual therapists’ treatment plan in easing pregnancy-related low back pain. Wu.W.H et al (2004) demonstrated the effectiveness of mobilisation techniques to the spine, during the third trimester.



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