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Joint Mobilization & Manipulation

Joint Mobilization is where the therapist would move the joints either through it’s normal range of movement  (physiological movement) or glide the bones of the joints through the plane of the joint (accessory movement). There are 4 different grades which are normally used to either treat pain (grade I and II) or stiffness (grade III and IV). These are less aggressive techniques and are less dangerous but are effective in achieving the desired effect of either reducing pain or stiffness.

Joint Manipulation is actually a further advancement of joint mobilization. It’s sometimes also known as a Grade V mobilization. A manipulation is normally done if the joints are too stiff and/or are not responding to the mobilization techniques. It involves a quick, sharp movement at the end of the accessory range of the joint. It is a rather aggressive movement and carries it’s risk due to the speed at which this technique is done. Risk of manipulation (documented risk is about 1 in 10,000) would include fractures, damage to soft tissues (eg. ligaments, blood vessels, cartilage and muscles). Excessive manipulation has also been known to expedite degeneration of your joints. However, our Physiotherapists would advise and inform you of the risk before executing the manipulation and it is your decision whether to proceed with the treatment.

About Our Physiotherapist

Calvin first started his physiotherapy training at Nanyang Polytechnic, graduating in 2003 with his Diploma in Physiotherapy. He later went to complete his degree with The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) in 2004 and proceeded to complete his Master of Manual Therapy from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2006.

Through his years as a physiotherapist, Calvin had experience working with both local and international athletes, recreational and elite across multiple sports. Calvin had also served on the Singapore Physiotherapy Association Committee as the Co-Chairperson for Membership in 2014/15.

Calvin had also served as a Part-Time Lecturer and Clinical Instructor in Nanyang Polytechnic’s Physiotherapy Program.