Spine and Joint Mobilization is performed by orthopedic manual physical therapists (OMPT’s) and is a specialized technique used when articular structures limit the motion of joints. This normalizes sliding and rolling (arthrokinematic) movements that need to occur with normal motion. These techniques are graded on the acuity of the condition and pain tolerances. The restoration of normal joint mobility early in the treatment process will in turn lead to a quicker recovery and improvement in functional ability. Joint mobilization is commonly used in the cervical and lumbar spine (neck & lower back) which can immediately relieve pain, increase joint mobility and increase overall flexibility within muscles.