Spinal manipulation is a high speed movement usually performed on the neck or back. It is performed to reduce pain and improve flexibility. It is the type of treatment often associated with Osteopaths as well as Chiropractors. It is a short, thrust treatment performed at the end of your available range of movement and this approach is often used to break down scar tissue/adhesions, remove a blockage in the joint and to restore full joint movement.
Mobilisation is a gentle, slow movement performed on joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves to reduce pain and improve flexibility. This is a manual technique performed by your physiotherapist and involves graded, oscillatory movements to the specific joint or region to assist restoration of your normal movement, lubricate joint surfaces, decrease your pain and reduce muscle spasm.