Self Ankle Mobilization for Sprain Recovery | Modern Manual Therapy Blog

Self Ankle Mobilization for Sprain Recovery


I saw a young gymnast a few weeks back recovering from an ankle sprain. She was on week 4 and still had pain with most tumbling and landing. She was positive for

  • lack of stability in a single leg squat
  • inversion stress test painful at mid range
Resisted eversion and dorsiflexion was strong and pain free. All other motions were FN in the tibia, ankle, hip and knee.

I first performed a posterior/superior glide on her lateral malleolus and tweaked the force and direction until the glide itself was threat free. Then I applied the same plantarflexion and inversion force with overpressure and further tweaked the force/direction of the glide until the overpressure was threat free.

After several sets of this, she was able to land from a round off pain free. I then taught her how to do the self mobilization and shot the video below. After she performed it regularly for a few days she was pain free in all tumbling and WB ADLs. We are now focusing on stability training.

Self Ankle Mobilization for Sprain Recovery

Official statement: I learned this concept from a Mulligan Seminar, which I always highly recommend, but I am NOT teaching Mulligan techniques.

I always give credit to where I learned techniques or concepts, but I am not teaching the "official" version.

Want an approach that enhances your existing evaluation and treatment? No commercial model gives you THE answer. You need an approach that blends the modern with the old school. Live cases, webinars, lectures, Q&A, hundreds of techniques and more! Check out Modern Manual Therapy!

Keeping it Eclectic...




Post a Comment

Post a Comment