Joint mobilizations/manipulations can serve multiple purposes clinically. While this treatment technique has been used for centuries the neuromuscular effects of joint mobilizations/manipulations are unknown. Following an extensive literature review, we concluded there does not appear to be an overwhelming consensus with regards to the physiological changes made as a result of joint mobilization/manipulation. Therefore, based upon our findings we believe that mobilizations/manipulations are a valuable clinical tool for treatment of various patients, but we would not utilize these techniques for the sole purpose of improving muscular recruitment.
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