Manual therapy, otherwise known as manipulative therapy, is a form of physical therapy used by many massage therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, occupational therapists and osteopaths in order to help treat musculoskeletal pain and injuries. It entails the manipulating and kneading of muscles in order to help the patient with improved and pain-free mobility.
Brian Mulligan, a registered Physical Therapist with an established private practice in Wellington, New Zealand, is most known for favoring this specific form of therapy and applying it on his patients. He is also a famous lecturer in his field, and has been traveling the world to share his extensive knowledge of this form of therapy. To date, he has visited approximately 78 different cities worldwide, in countries including, the U.S., Canada, the UK, Germany, Singapore, The Netherlands and Australia.
He was first acquainted with manual therapy in the early 1960’s. He credits Stanley Paris, Freddy Kaltenborn, Robin McKenzie and many others for contributing to the expansion of his knowledge in physical therapy.
Brian Mulligan is also an author. He wrote a textbook describing his personal techniques on manual therapy which was republished as a fourth edition in 1999. He has also produced video’s in which he demonstrates the techniques which have helped him gain notoriety in this field. Watching a few clips, you gain insight into why he is so successful in his practice, as he displays a sense of humor as he teaches. He is also quite charismatic and knowledgeable, which shows, as he performs live demonstrations on people who suffer from some form of pain or injury. Hearing the audience laugh lightly and seeing the patient’s smile on stage, show not only that he enjoys what he does, but that his techniques are also effective.
In 1995, due to an overwhelming demand from therapists around the globe to gain more insight into his techniques, he formed an international organization called the Mulligan Concept Teacher Association or MCTA, which accredits teachers who can master and share his techniques to others in the field looking to master the therapy. There are currently 34 MCTA members who have met the criteria, but that number is growing.
In 1996, Brian Mulligan was awarded Honorary Fellow of The New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists, for his contribution to the physical therapy field. In 1999, was made a life-time member of the New Zealand College of Physiotherapy.