Joint mobilisation is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint
It is usually aimed at a ’target’ synovial joint with the aim of restoring movement and decreasing pain. When applied to the spine, it is known as spinal mobilization.
Mobilisation is a manual therapy intervention and is classified by five ’grades’ of motion, each of which describes the range of motion of the target joint during the procedure. The different grades of mobilisation are believed to produce selective activation of different mechanoreceptors in the joint.