Joint Mobilization Fundamentals

presented by Joseph Muscolino

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The purpose of this course is to familiarize the therapist with an understanding of the hands-on treatment technique known as joint mobilization, as well as the hands-on assessment technique known as motion palpation.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Joseph Muscolino, DC

    Dr. Joseph Muscolino graduated from Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC) in Portland, Oregon with a wide breadth of assessment and treatment technique knowledge and has been in private practice as a licensed chiropractic physician since 1985. He has been teaching musculoskeletal and visceral anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, and palpation and assessment courses for 24 years. He also runs numerous advanced study workshops, including those on deep tissue, body mechanics, stretching, joint mobilization, and Anatomy in Clay®; cadaver labs; and in-services for Pilates and yoga instructors of manual and movement therapies. He has introduced CE home study courses on muscle and bone palpation, kinesiology, and the muscular system, and has also written extensively about manual and movement therapies. He is the author of numerous articles and textbooks, including The Muscle and Bone Palpation Manual, The Muscular System Manual, and Kinesiology and currently teaches anatomy and physiology at Purchase College, SUNY. He also writes a regular column article entitled Body Mechanics for the Massage Therapy Journal and has written articles for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies and numerous books on anatomy and kinesiology.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction

    1. Introduction

    The first chapter of this course introduces the five grades of joint mobilization, as well as indications and contraindication for joint mobilization.

  2. Performing Joint Mobilizations

    2. Performing Joint Mobilizations

    In this section, Dr. Muscolino demonstrates the three steps necessary to perform joint mobilization, as well as the guidelines for performing joint mobilization techniques.

  3. Axial Versus Non-Axial Motions

    3. Axial Versus Non-Axial Motions

    In this chapter, Dr. Muscolino discusses and demonstrates the difference between axial and nonaxial motion, and discusses guidelines for both types of motion.

  4. Joint Mobilization Concepts

    4. Joint Mobilization Concepts

    In this chapter, Dr. Muscolino dives deeper into joint mobilization concepts, and discusses the concepts of spin, roll, and glide, as well as the concept of convex/concave kinematics.

  5. Convex/Concave Examples

    5. Convex/Concave Examples

    The final chapter of this course takes a closer look at the convex on concave concept introduced in Chapter Four. Dr. Muscolino demonstrates this concept using the the glenohumeral and MCP joints.