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Joint Mobilisation And HVT

  • Joint Mobilisation And HVT

    Joint mobilisation is a technique often used by osteopaths to improve the function of a joint. It aims to gently increase the range of motion and restore movement. It is considered a "hands-on" modality of treatment which requires the therapist to passively move a joint while the patient is relaxed. There can be some very mild discomfort associated with mobilisation techniques but over time they can help improve the mobility of a patient.

    HVT or high velocity thrust technique is a rapid single manipulation used to restore a joints function and help reduce pain. Patients often describe a "clicking" sound during this treatment. The skill-fully applied thrust is mostly painless and usually performed so swiftly that it is completed mostly before the patient is aware that it has begun. This treatment modality should only be performed by properly qualified therapists such as Osteopaths who have undergone years of training to apply this correctly and safely. HVT's are usually only performed when a joint fails to achieve full mobility after mobilisation. HVT's are a wonderful tool to aid a patient's recovery, however there are not always necessary. Many factors such as diet, medical history, age, weight and type of problem will determine if this is suitable for you. Your practitioner will discuss the use of HVTs, however, will only proceed with this particular technique if deemed suitable and if he patient is happy to do so.

    Does it hurt after mobilisation or HVT treatment?

    There can be some mild to moderate discomfort after treatment. This is relatively normal. Some will never experience any sort of discomfort at all. If an individual experiences discomfort, this usually lasts for approximately 24 to 72 hours.

    I dont like the idea of being "clicked" do i have to have HVT?

    No, you don't have to have HVT if you are not comfortable with the idea of it. Osteopaths at this practice will give alternative modalities of treatment.

    Can i have multiple HVT's in one treatment?

    Yes, if the Osteopath feels that multiple joints are affected, they will discuss this and suggest HVT for all affected joints. There is no limit to how many HVTs performed in one session, however this has to be discussed as part of your treatment plan.