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Self-administered hip mobilization
Continuing Education2 Credits

Joint Mobilizations: Lower Body (Self-administered)

Self-administered joint mobilizations for the ankle, knee, and hip. Addressing feet flatten, feet turn out, knee bow in, knee bow out, excessive forward lean, asymmetrical weight shift, and anterior pelvic tilt. Joint mobilizations and traction techniques for lower extremity and lumbopelvic hip complex dysfunction.

Course Description: Self-administered Joint Mobilizations for the Lower Body

This course describes self-administered joint mobilization techniques for the lower extremity (also referred to as joint mobility techniques, joint mobilisations, joint mobs, joint mob, or mobz). The techniques included in this course are intended for the hip joint (acetabulofemoral joint), knee joint (tibiofemoral joint), and ankle joint (talocrural joint).

Joint mobilization techniques are recommended for joints assessed as abnormally stiff and should not be considered solely as treatment for addressing chronic pain. The intent is to increase joint mobility and regain optimal lower extremity motion. Unlike manual therapy, self-administered techniques have the advantage of inclusion in therapeutic exercise programs, corrective exercise programs, home exercise programs, and continued self-management routines. In addition to improving mobility and arthrokinematics motion, research has demonstrated that addressing joint stiffness may have an immediate effect on assessed muscle weakness, improving muscle activity, and muscle strength during functional activity.

The joint mobilization techniques in this course may be particularly beneficial for improving the quality of motion of those individuals exhibiting signs of lower extremity dysfunction, lumbopelvic hip complex dysfunction, knees bow in (knee valgus), knees bow out (knee varus), feet flatten (functional pes planus), as well as treatment for low back pain, hip pain, knee pain, and ankle pain. Sports medicine professionals (personal trainers, fitness instructors, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, etc.) should consider adding these exercises to their repertoire to improve the outcomes of their integrated exercise programs and therapeutic (rehabilitation) interventions.

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For manual therapy versions of the techniques in this course check out:

Introduction

Research Corner

Self-administered Joint Mobilization Protocol

Hip Mobilizations

Knee and Ankle Mobilization

Bibliography

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