Foot Mobilisation Therapy (FMT) is a technique that improves the function and alignment of the foot through gentle mobilisation in conjunction with exercises. Treatment is tailored to the patient, depending on the level of care needed. Unlike other treatments, FMT does not prescribe a patient’s footwear. It allows freedom of choice when it comes to shoes and to activity, and it improves quality of life. Foot mobilisation addresses the cause of the issue and helps to make the patient self-sufficient in the long term.
The practice of FMT is a specifically developed form of manual therapy aimed at improving your foot and leg function. FMT targets joints of your foot and ankle, which may be stiff, poorly aligned or dysfunctional, and aims to restore the way they work gradually. This is achieved via a series of hands-on treatment sessions in conjunction with a specific exercise regime that we prescribe for you.
Where did FMT originate?
Used extensively in the areas of physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy, FMT originated from a type of treatment called manipulative therapy.
Foot mobilisation techniques have evolved from combining the podiatric biomechanical understanding of foot and leg function with the manual therapeutic experience of physiotherapy and chiropractic.
Dr John Martin Hiss from North America was the pioneer of manipulative techniques for feet and ankles. With the help of a collaborative team of MDs, osteopaths, podiatrists and chiropractors, Dr Hiss set up clinics across the US in the 1920s to treat foot pain.
A student of Dr Hiss, Dr Harvey Lampell further refined the technique and taught the improved version to Ted Jedynak. Jedynak worked extensively with Lampell before refining the technique still further and introducing FMT to Australia and Europe.
This approach differs to podiatrists in the following ways:
- Our practitioners apply FMT to work with the cause of your foot and leg pain. We provide long-term care solutions, which require treating the origin of your pain.
- No surgery, medication or orthotics are employed in your treatment.
- FMT promotes your body’s natural repair process. Because there are no orthotics, you don’t need to limit your choice of footwear.
- We provide post-treatment care involving useful information and easily implemented exercises that maintain the repair process and prevent future pain and problems.
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