Congratulations to Our New Mulligan Practitioners

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We’d like to take a moment to toot our own horn and call attention to a few members of our physical therapy team who recently became Certified Mulligan Practitioners. For those not familiar with the term, the Mulligan Concept is a specific form of physical therapy that involves using manual therapy techniques that decrease pain and increase range of motion.

These team members worked so hard and are ready to start showing you the benefits of the Mulligan Concept: Diana Painter, Matt Casterline, David DeHaan, Terri Jeurink, Denise Jongekrijg, Corey Kuipers, Dave Sefton, and Ashley VandenBerg. Our seven new practitioners join Janis Kemper, Gina Otterbein, and Lisa Otterbein-Bolek, who were previously certified.

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Ashley (left) and David (right) practice using the Mulligan concept on other physical therapists during the continuing education course.

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While the course was definitely educational, Matt made sure it was entertaining, too.

In order to get fully certified, our therapists had to complete three clinical courses over the course of two years that focused on the upper quadrant, lower quadrant, and an advanced course. The clinic courses were followed by a written test and practical course. What made this process even more exciting is that we had the opportunity to host these continuing education courses at our Wayland clinic. They were open to any physical therapist who had previously met certain requirements and were ready to fine tune their skill level with the Mulligan approach to manual therapy for the whole body.

Mulligan Practitioners, physical therapy, shoulder painThe Mulligan course took place at our Wayland physical therapy clinic.

So how exactly does the Mulligan Concept work?
The ultimate goal behind the Mulligan technique is to get you to a point where you can move more with less pain by manipulating the muscles and joints a certain way. When your pain goes away it’s a clear sign that the technique is working, if pain persists then the technique gets altered a bit.

Commonly treated conditions include:

  • Back pain, neck pain, or shoulder pain
  • Non-inflammatory pain
  • Acute pain from an injury
  • Rehab following a surgery
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Jaw or TMJ pain and movement restrictions
  • “Tennis elbow” or lateral elbow pain
  • Ankle sprains

Mulligan Practitioners, physical therapy, shoulder painWhile Brian Mulligan, the founder of the Mulligan Concept, was not at the Northern-hosted event, a few team members did have the chance to meet him at a conference.

To learn more about the Mulligan Concept and whether it would be a good fit for you, click here.


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