Mulligan Concept is an active hands-on mobilization with movement technique. The physical therapist will assist the joint to be repositioned with special techniques while the patient is moving the joint in a specific way. The result will be immediate, both motion and pain will resolve due to the repositioning of the joint.
Mobilization with Movement manual therapy techniques was discovered and developed by Brian Mulligan F.N.Z.S.P. (Hon), Dip. M.T., Wellington, New Zealand. This simple yet effective manual approach addresses musculoskeletal disorders with pain-free manual joint “repositioning” techniques for restoration of function and abolition of pain.
Mobilization with movement is a manual therapy approach utilized by Physical Therapists specializing in the care of the patient with musculoskeletal pain. Physical therapists trained in the Mulligan Concept can assist individuals in improving movement restrictions, pain with movement, and functional restrictions. Mulligan practitioners seek to improve patient’s movement with the application of pain-free hands-on techniques. Both the clinician and the patient can quickly assess the value of this approach. If the technique(s) are indicated an immediate improvement in pain and movement will be observed. The Mulligan Concept is not a passive treatment approach and many individuals benefit from self-treatment at home.