At Hands for Living, we are happy to provide the Mulligan’s Concept for relieving pain and improving joint mobilization for our patients. This form of manual therapy is fairly new, named after New Zealand physiotherapist Brian Mulligan. His concept of manual therapy coined the terms “mobilizations with movement” (MWMS) of the extremities, and “sustained natural apophyseal glides” (SNAGS) of the spine. These terms are crucial to the application of Mulligan’s Concept, using a combination of hand therapist-conducted services, as well as patient-generated physiologic movements.
Through the Mulligan’s Concept, our Lynnwood hand therapists are guided by the simple rule to avoid causing any pain to their patients. Instead, we apply MWMS and SNAGS to mobilize joints and the spine in a more tolerable way. By using this concept, we can reduce pain and stiffness, as well as help correct positional faults and diminish the presence of pain.
The techniques of the Mulligan’s Concept may include, but are not limited to, the use of foam pads or mobilization belts. These techniques are known as “Revenue Reduction Techniques” and aim for quick, effective, and easy recovery that can be replicated at home when you are away from the clinic.
Mulligan’s Concept can be used to treat a large amount of acute and chronic conditions, from a sprain to chronic joint pain. However, much like when considering the application of any other concept, a thorough evaluation of the patient must be completed first. Our Lynnwood hand therapy treatments are advanced and proven to be successful for those suffering from certain conditions. If you are suffering from pain and believe you may benefit from an application of the Mulligan Concept in your treatment plan, contact Hands for Living today to schedule your consultation. We’ll get you back to moving normally again, without the fear of pain!