Restricted Mobility

Are you feeling like you’ve lost some mobility in a particular area of your body?

Restricted movement can often be caused by issues with your ligaments, nerves, muscles and the joints surrounding these areas. The restricted movement can cause pain and discomfort and may indicate a health problem or injury.

As your body is designed to move freely and without pain, if you do feel restricted in your movements your physiotherapist will do an assessment to determine the mobility loss, and offer a treatment pathway to get your mobility back to where it should be.

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What Is Restricted Mobility?

Restricted mobility is defined as the inability to move without constraints or restrictions. Joint mobility can make simple activities like getting dressed, writing, eating, or maintaining your balance a challenge.

Common symptoms indicating you may be suffering from restricted mobility include:

  • Pain during normal range of motion
  • Pain with a restricted range of motion
  • A feeling of stiffness

What Causes Reduced Mobility?

Any joint, muscle, ligament, tendon or nerve injury can restrict your mobility. Moreover, joint stiffness can cause your joint to lock, freezing them in an open or closed position.

Usually, a simple control or alignment issue is the cause of your joint moving in an unnatural direction. This is by far the most common cause of the mobility-related problem. Consequently, the method used to treat your restricted mobility will vary depending upon your physiotherapist’s diagnosis.

Reduced Joint Mobility Due To Age

Muscles lose their size and strength and reduce in number as we age. The impact of ageing on your muscles can contribute to weakness and reduced tolerance to exercise and day to day activities. Similarly, muscle tissue is replaced more slowly while lost muscle tissue tends to be replaced with a tough, fibrous tissue.

Your physiotherapists will work closely with you to perform mobility exercises to help increase your range of movement.

Reduced Joint Mobility Due to Sports Training

Injury, inactivity and a lack of sufficient stretching can reduce joint mobility amongst athletes. Inflexible muscles tire more quickly, resulting in opposing muscle groups working harder. Muscle fatigue can lead to muscular injuries and the inability of the muscles to protect joints from more severe injuries.

Failing to include a regular, effective stretching routine in your normal sports training program may cause joint mobility issues.

Physiotherapy can assist in alleviating mobility restrictions through a number of techniques following a personalised assessment and diagnosis. Our physiotherapists enjoy extensive joint pain training to assist them in conducting their assessments.

Some of our treatment strategies include:

  • Gentle Joint Mobilisations using the Kaltenborn, Mulligan or Maitland techniques
  • Mobility Exercises
  • Joint Manipulation
  • Osteopathic-based active joint repositioning using Minimal Energy Techniques
  • Heat and cold pack treatments

Our Approach to Improving Restricted Mobility

At the Southport Central Physiotherapy & Sport Injury Clinic, our experienced team provide thorough consultations which are focused around identifying the cause of your restricted mobility and helping you progress through each stage of recovery.

Planning for your Appointment

Before seeing your physiotherapist, make a list of your symptoms and when they began, even if they may seem unrelated. Jot down your personal information, any recent life changes or major stresses together with your family medical history. You should also list all medications, vitamins and other supplements you are taking. Finally, bring a list of questions to ask your physiotherapist during your consultation.

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Senior Musculoskeletal Consultant


Mr Justin Lin

  • B.Phty 2009 UQ
  • CSMT (Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy) 2010
  • Kinesiotape Level 1 2010
  • M. Phty (Musculoskeletal) 2013 UQ
  • Mulligan Concept Upper Quadrant 2015
  • Mulligan Concept Lower Quadrant

Why choose our clinic

From the moment you book in for your consultation till the completion of your spinal treatments, you will realise the Southport Central Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic difference.

  • Peace of mind
  • Trust
  • Clear communication
  • Dedication and commitment
  • Highest level of care
  • Problem-solving approach
  • Second opinions
  • Non-invasive treatment