Mulligan Concepts Lower Quarter Course Review

So I have spent the last 2 days studying the Mulligan Concepts in relation to the Lower Quarter with renowned Physiotherapist and Mulligan Concepts Teacher Kim Robinson.  Kim was an excellent educator who provided not only great teaching in regards to the Mulligan Concepts for the lower quarter, but also gave us some great insight into how it can be clinically applied.

Brian Mulligan is a well known and highly respected Physiotherapist from New Zealand who developed his own approach to the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions.   He coined the terms NAGS (natural apophyseal glides), SNAGS (sustained natural apophyseal glides) and MWMs (mobilisation with movement).

The better part of the last 2 days was spent applying these technique strategies to the Lumbar Spine, Sacroiliac Joints, Hips, Knee, Foot and Ankle.  We applied SNAGS to the spine regions and MWMs to the peripheral joints.  In addition to this, we also covered Mulligans approach to taping the Sacroiliac Joint and periphery.  The great thing about the Mulligan Approach is that when applied, it should not reproduce pain, should infact help reduce ones pain and improve range of movement and give almost an automatic response as to whether it is indicated as a form of treatment.  So, not only will the practitioner know if it will be useful, but the patient will also feel better almost immediately.  The Mulligan Concepts have been expanded to include home based exercises, all of which are easy for the client to perform, ensuring a longer lasting effect.

Some of the best things that I have learnt over the last 2 days of the course include the MWM of the hip joint using the Mulligan Belt, Taping Techniques for Patellar Femoral Pain, Achilles pain, Plantarfasciitis and soft tissue injuries.  MWM to patellar femoral pain, superior tib fib and distal tib fib pain, ankle sprains and foot and ankle conditions.

Typically the Mulligan Concept is performed by Physiotherapists, as it is largely taught by Physiotherapists to Physiotherapists.  However, this course we attended had a great mix of professionals ranging from Osteopaths to Chiropractors and Physiotherapists.

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