Skip to content

Mulligan Manual Therapy Concept

Find a Physical Therapist who specializes in Mulligan Manual Therapy

What is Mulligan Manual Therapy Concept?

The Mulligan Manual Therapy Concept is a manual therapy approach developed by Brian Mulligan, PT, F.N.Z.S.P. (Hon), Dip. M.T., of Wellington, New Zealand. The technique involves manual “repositioning” of the affected joint by the therapist in order to restore function and remove pain as the patient moves through their range of motion.

How does it work?

The core of the Mulligan concept is the Mobilization With Movement (MWM). During the examination the therapist will determine if a joint restriction, range of motion loss, or pain is being generated by a joint. Then, the therapist will reposition of that joint, using their hands or a belt, in order to provide a situation that allows the patient to move further through the range of motion and reduce pain.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of this technique are an immediate reduction in pain, an improvement in range of motion, and a long lasting effect.

Who is it suited for?

This treatment approach may benefit any patient with a joint related pain and/or a range of motion restriction related to a joint problem.

What conditions/injuries does this treat?

This treatment and treat joint pains, range of motion restrictions, and there are a few techniques that can even help patients affected by radiating back or neck pain, as well as headaches.

Who can perform Mulligan Manual Therapy?

The Mulligan Concept is only taught as post-graduate continuing education coursework through the Mulligan Concept Teachers Association. A therapist that has completed the Upper Quarter course, Lower Quarter course, Advanced course, and has passed the rigorous written and practical examination is considered a “Certified Mulligan Practitioner” or “CMP.”