Like articulation, manipulation techniques are targeted at improving the joint range of movement. The technique in principle is simply a quick impulse. This technique is used on joints that have a certain type of stiffness .i.e. those caused by increased air pressure within the joint space. The quick movement creates a space on the outer covering of the joint allowing air to escape. The process of air being released can create a ‘clicking or popping’ sound [like when one clicks their knuckles]. Once the air is released the joint pressure normalises and the stiffness resolves.
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