Many manual therapists find mobilization belts useful for enhancing specificity of techniques, increasing the duration for which techniques are performed, and allowing multidirectional mobilizations. A new series of DVDs available from Minneapolis, Minn-based OPTP titled, Mobilization Belt Techniques for Manual Therapy, aims to teache mobilization techniques for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, as well as the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle joints.
A news release from OPTP that describes the DVDs reports each mobilization is demonstrated in great detail by Yousef Ghandour, PT, and includes patient positioning, belt placement and mobilization technique. Ghandour shows how manual therapy techniques can be enhanced using mobilization belts by supporting the patient’s body and/or heavy limbs, stabilizing adjacent body parts, creating fulcrum points, freeing up the therapist’s hands to treat joints or muscles, and more.
The Mobilization Belt Techniques for Manual Therapy series includes two DVDs: The Spine and The Extremities. The Spine DVD has a running time of 32 minutes and demonstrates 15 techniques for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, including effective multi-directional mobilizations—such as thoracic flexion and side bend or cervical flexion with side bend and rotation. The Extremities DVD runs 65 minutes and demonstrates 25 techniques for the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle joints, including multi-directional mobilizations—such as hip distraction with rotation.
According to OPTP the Mobilization Belt Techniques for Manual Therapy DVDs are available individually or as a set.