This is something that I will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever do again. Oh well, such is life I guess. I will never be an orthopedic physical therapist again because of my physical issues. Someone with a ton of PHYSICAL issues can’t be a PHYSICAL therapist. Well, yes I can, I just can’t ever do what I used to do. But I can still use the knowledge that I have in my damaged brain. So it’s good that I have this blog, it’s proof that I actually know something. Ok, joint mobs. Says ‘mobs’ with a long ‘O.’ That’s how a PT says this. Mōbs is short for mobilizations. When a joint is tight and has less than normal range of motion, you mōb it, mobilize it. This means getting in there and using the bones to stretch out the joint capsule. Mōbs are graded. Here are the grades……………….
Grade 1 = small amplitude rhythmic oscillations performed at the beginning of the range
Grade 2 = large amplitude rhythmic oscillations performed within the range, not reaching the limit
Grade 3 =large amplitude rhythmic oscillations performed up to the limit of the available motion and are stressed into the tissue resistance
Grade 4 =small amplitude rhythmic oscillations performed at the limit of the available motion and stressed into the tissue resistance and………………
Grade 5 = small amplitude, high velocity thrust techniques performed to snap adhesions at the limit of the available motion.
There are different reasons that you would use a certain mōb and certain places you would do a certain mōb to enhance a certain movement. For instance, to get more shoulder abduction(raising your arm out to the side) you would need to mōb the underside of the shoulder joint. Uhhhh, any questions?