Brain R. Mulligan- The Man Behind the Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy

New Zealand resident Brian R. Mulligan is an award winning physiotherapist, world renowned lecturer and the founder of the Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy. After graduating from the NZ School of Physiotherapy in 1954, Brian began work in private practice in Wellington a mere two years later. Brian was introduced to manual therapy in the early 60’s and it has been his special interest since. Brian started lecturing in 1972 and has taught in 91 cities within the United States and 20 countries worldwide. In 1985, Brian went on to create the Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy which has become one of the most popular techniques in manual therapy for disorders effecting the musculature and skeleton, also known as musculoskeletal disorders. This concept utilizes mobilizations with movement (MWMs) in the extremities and sustained natural apophyseal glides (SNAGs) in the spine to relieve pain and increase range of motion. Due to the high demand of his teachings by therapists and medical practitioners alike, the Mulligan Concept Teacher Association (MCTA) was created in 1996. The near 50 accredited members teach the Mulligan concept internationally. These teachers are trained in manipulative/manual therapy up to a standard set by IFOMT. Brian was made an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists in 1996 and was made a life member of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy in 1999. He also holds an Honorary Teaching Fellowship at the University of Otago, New Zealand. In early 2010, the 6th edition of his book Manual Therapy: NAGS, SNAGS, MWMS, etc., was released. This book, which has been declared as a must for physical therapists working in the musculoskeletal field, teaches that when the Mulligan Concept is applied correctly, it can significantly reduce joint pain and increase movement. Brian has said himself, “I don’t want the pain to be better, I want the pain to be gone.” In addition, multiple DVD’s and CD-ROMs are available online for home exercise purposes. Mulligan Home Exercise DVD is currently available in English, Spanish and German on the MCTA’s website. Since retiring in 2000 from active clinical practice, he has continued to teach at seminars internationally. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and can be found frequently on the golf course. After over 50 years of marriage to his loving wife, Dawn, three children and six grandchildren, Brian lives a healthy and productive life to this day.

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