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The Mulligan Manual Therapy Concept is a manual therapy approach developed by New Zealand physical therapist Brian Mulligan. This simple yet effective treatment combines mobilization of the affected joint by the therapist with active movement by the patient in order to remove pain and restore function.

Who is it suited for?

Any patient with restricted motion caused by an orthopedic or joint issue, including arthritis, post-spinal surgery pain, headaches, and dizziness, can benefit from Mulligan techniques.

How does it work?

During treatment the therapist will determine if a joint restriction, range of motion loss, or pain is being generated by a joint. The therapist will gently reposition the affected joint in order to allow the patient to move further through their range of motion with reduced pain.

What are the benefits?

Application of Mulligan Manual therapy can reduce pain and stiffness, improve range of motion, and provide a long lasting effect.

Who can perform Mulligan Manual Therapy?

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

Information courtesy of: Mulligan Concept – Manual Therapy (


I lived in horrible pain from a frozen shoulder for a few months before being referred to physical therapy in hopes of avoiding surgery. I can’t thank a Mark and Danny enough for their patience, kindness, compassion, encouragement and expertise.  Without them, I would NEVER have been successful persevering through over six months of therapy (especially in the early days when I cried in about one of every two or three sessions). The fact that they cared so much about me as a patient and as a person made me want to work harder and never give up.

Because of therapy, with Mark and Danny, I have my life back. I don’t live in pain. I can do daily activities, exercise, and play sports. I can’t thank them enough for the difference they have made in my life.

I have heard it said that a great physical therapist is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget. Fortunately, for me, they weren’t hard to find, but they sure are difficult to part with, and I’ll never forget them! I am forever grateful for physical therapy with Mark and Danny at Phoenix!”

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