The Theory of Joint Play: Distance and Coherence

  • H. D. Wolff
Conference paper


The term “joint play” is important in the theoretical understanding of manual medicine in Europe. Joint play is the sum of the passive involuntary range of movement in a joint. There are two kinds of involuntary movements: passive movement in the same direction as active angular movements, and uncontrolled movements along a plane tangential to the joint surface in directions not given (translatory movements).


Joint Surface Technical System Passive Movement Involuntary Movement Manual Medicine 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

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  • H. D. Wolff

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