BodyCare Ltd, Abingdon. Specialising in sports massage
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0758 101 8414

Spinal Manipulation and Mobilisation
Manipulation is a passive technique where the application of specific direct manual impulses, or thrusts to the joint are applied. The amount of ‘force’ applied depends on the form of manipulation as the goal of the treatment is to relieve pain and improve physical functioning. There is often an audible cavitation (crack) of the spinal facet joint, this sound comes from the synovial joint where by gas bubbles build up in the joint and where release the cavitation is heard. 
The effects of manipulations can: 
              • Relieve back pain by taking pressure off sensitive nerves or tissues 
              • Increase range of motion 
              • Restoring blood flow 
              • Reducing muscle tension 
              • Like more active exercises 
              • Promote the release of endorphins within the body to act as natural painkillers 
Mobilisation is a hands-on manual therapy designed to restore joint movement, power, and range of motion. The joint is gently coaxing the joint motion by passive movements within or to the limit of the joint’s normal range of motion. The movements of the joint are very precise and is limited by the amount of joint play, which may be less than 1/8th of an inch. 
The overall goal of mobilisation is to restore normal joint function including the surrounding soft tissue (e.g. muscle, ligaments, fascia). 
Myofascial release, or soft tissue mobilisation, is a therapy used to release tension stored in the fascia, Fascia are sheets of fibrous tissue that encase and support muscles separating them into groups and layers. fascia also covers joint capsules and ligaments. Following trauma, the fascia and muscles may shorten restricting joint movement and blood flow. The techniques used in myofascial release break up fascial adhesion’s and relaxes muscle tension helping normalize physical motion within the joint capsule. 
Manipulations and mobilizations are only preformed if deemed necessary.
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