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Brian Mulligan: Creator Of The Mulligan Concept Of Manual Therapy


Brian Mulligan is a trained physiotherapist from New Zealand who is best known for creating the Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy. He began his career as a qualified physical therapist in 1954 after completing the required courses at the NZ School of Physiotherapy. Two years after receiving his qualifications, Mr. Mulligan opened his own private practice which was located in Wellington, New Zealand. He continued to treat patients at his practice until his retirement in 2000.

During the 1960’s, Brian Mulligan, FNZSP, Dip MT, was introduced to the field of Manual Therapy by Stanley Paris. Mr. Mulligan had the chance to attend a clinical presentation during that time regarding the use of mobilization with movement. This chance presentation is what enabled him to develop the concept even further and to create the Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy. The Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy is a physical therapy program that is typically taught to those in entry level courses up to postgraduate studies in universities around the world. The courses are taught by teachers who have studied the concept and have the necessary credentials to teach it to others. Brian Mulligan has even created a textbook for classroom use based on his concept.

Throughout his career, in addition to being a practicing physical therapist, Brian Mulligan is also an educator. He has published several articles regarding his profession. Mr. Mulligan has also taught classes around the world. Since he began teaching in 1972, he has taught in over 75 cities in countries such as the United States, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Singapore. His classes are still in high demand all over the world. In 2007, Mr. Mulligan received the International Service to the Profession Award from the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. This prestigious award is given out about every four years and it is given to physical therapists who have made a substantial contribution to their field of work over their career.

Brian Mulligan still resides in New Zealand where he enjoys spending time with his family, and outdoors.

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