The purpose of Joint Clearing Technique (JCT) is to increase joint mobility of the upper and lower extremities. When a joint is injured it often becomes inflamed. Inflammation is part of the normal healing process. When inflammation persists however, arthrofibrosis (scar tissue) in the joint occurs.
Arthrofibrosis is defined as a complication of injury or trauma where an excessive scar tissue response leads to painful restriction of joint motion, with scar tissue forming within the joint and surrounding soft tissue spaces and persisting despite exercises and stretches. Scarring adhesions have been described in most major joints, including knees, shoulders, hips, ankles, wrists, hands, and feet. Excessive scar tissue is a serious medical condition that can occur from a number of causes and can affect a variety of places in the human body.
Scar tissue consists of contracted, tangled connective tissue that is fibrous and dense. When someone suffers from an excess buildup of scar tissue, they can experience extreme pain, immobility, and arthritis in the joints. Excessive scar tissue can cause limping, heat, swelling, popping, grating, or weakness. Sometimes the scar tissue only occurs in part of the joint, so pain and stiffness may only be felt during certain activities. This condition which is still a large mystery to the medical community can cause silent problems and no pain at all, which complicate matters even more.
JCT utilizes short, calculated movements of the joints within the normal range of motion to shear scar tissue adhesions. This often leads to improved joint mobility, flexibility, movement, and decreased pain.