Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM)
Article by John Miller
What is Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation?
Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM) is an innovative concept that involves mobilising your spinal and peripheral joints via a mechanical spring loaded instrument according to physiotherapy principles.
Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation is a safe measurable and extremely effective joint mobilisation technique provided by specially-trained physiotherapists. With only select number of PIM-trained physiotherapists, it is a unique joint treatment approach to ease your pain quickly and loosen any joint stiffness.
Due to the small number of PIM-trained therapists available, they attend some but not all of our PhysioWorks clinics. If you are particularly interested in the Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation treatment approach please ask the receptionist who uses the PIM treatment approach when booking your appointment at PhysioWorks.
How Does Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation differ to the Chiropractic Activator Method?
Despite the Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation instrument looking similar to the activator instrument used by some chiropractors, its actual use does vary significantly.
Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation use strictly follows the physiotherapy model of spinal and joint mobilisation rather than the chiropractic activator philosophy. In short, a PIM-trained physiotherapist will treat you differently based on what physiotherapists strongly believe is a superior rationale.
The development of the Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation (PIM) concept is based on longstanding orthodox articular physiotherapy and osteopathic approaches. These including Kaltenborn's Nordic concave-convex methodology, Maitland's combined movements, Mulligan’s concepts of mobilisation with movement and positional faults, plus Osteopathic upslope/downslope or Type I or II dysfunction methodology.
As physiotherapists, we value methodologies and rationales that have sound scientific basis to assist you achieve your best result as quickly as possible. PIM is an approach that works extremely well when it is incorporated with other evidence-based treatment tools in your physiotherapist's holistic and multi-system clinical approach.
Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation assessment utilises physiotherapy palpation skills, neural tension testing and neurological testing to apply mobilising and manipulative techniques along clearly defined treatment planes with greater reliability, specificity and safety than other manual techniques.
Australian physiotherapists have found that Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation provides excellent outcomes for the TMJ, headaches, vertigo, neck and back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, elbow and shoulder pain and foot pain such as plantar fasciitis just name a few.
If you haven't tried a Physiotherapy Instrument Mobilisation treatment approach and you are still suffering pain, we recommend that you seek the advice of a PIM-trained physiotherapist to see if they can assist you.
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