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Advanced Course – Portland, OR

Apr 27, 2019 @ 8:30am - 4:30pm to Apr 28, 2019 @ 7:30am - 3:30pm


MCTA Advanced Course

Advanced Course – Spinal and Peripheral Manual Therapy Treatment Techniques

This unique approach to manual therapy was discovered and developed by Brian Mulligan F.N.Z.S.P. (Hon), Dip. M.T. from Wellington, New Zealand. This simple yet effective manual approach addresses musculoskeletal disorders with pain free manual joint “repositioning” techniques for restoration of function and abolition of pain. This two-day Advanced course will review and fine tune the participants skill level with the Mulligan approach to manual therapy for the whole body.


    • PTs and PTAs will receive 13 CCUs from Procert: State Board of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) for those holding license in: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Note: if your license is not issued by one of the above jurisdictions, see https://www.na-mcta.com/courses/ceus/ for more information to assist in your application for individual CEU credit through your licensing body.
    • ATCs will receive 13 CEUs from the NATA Board of Certification CEU Provider P3566 
    • Certificate of attendance for 13 hrs of instruction 


  • On-site sign-in will take place 8:00-8:30 am on day 1, and course instruction times are planned for 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on day 1, and 7:30 am to 3:30 pm on day 2.


Advanced Course – Spinal and Peripheral Manual Therapy Treatment Techniques

This unique approach to manual therapy was discovered and developed by Brian Mulligan F.N.Z.S.P. (Hon), Dip. M.T. from Wellington, New Zealand. This simple yet effective manual approach addresses musculoskeletal disorders with pain free manual joint “repositioning” techniques for restoration of function and abolition of pain. This two-day Advanced Course will review, present new material and fine tune the participants manual skills with the Mulligan approach to manual therapy for the whole body.

It will provide instruction in the use of Pain Release Phenomenon techniques and compression techniques. It will include lecture, patient demonstrations, and lab time to give the participants an opportunity for depth problem-solving and refinement of technique for this Mobilization With Movement approach. This will also prepare those interested in taking the Certified Mulligan Practitioner Exam.



Learning Objectives

  • Have an advanced appreciation of the concept of the Mobilization With Movement approach.
  • Provide an opportunity to refine and hone manual skills in the MWM techniques for the whole body.
  • Learn the Pain Release Phenomenon and Compression Techniques
  • Fine tune the knowledge and manual skills to successfully apply and integrate the MWM techniques.
  • Better integrate taping techniques with Mobilization with Movement.
  • Understand the guidelines for safe and effective technique selection.
  • Improve clinical outcomes.
  • Prepare for the Certified Mulligan Practitioner Exam.


Two Day Course (13 contact hours) Instruction, Demonstration and Lab Practice for:

  • Pain Release Phenomenon techniques and Compressions.
  • Techniques addressing – MTP joints, EHL tendon, Dequervain’s tenosynovitis, CMC joint, tennis elbow, proximal radiohumeral joint, shoulder joint, hip joint, patellofemoral joint, cervical spine.

Review, Problem-Solve and Refine the Approach techniques for:

  • Hand: IP, MCP, Metacarpals, Carpals, and taping techniques.
  • Wrist: MWMs for flexion, extension, supination, pronation, and taping
  • Elbow: flexion, extension, proximal radioulnar joint, tennis elbow treatments, and HEP.
  • Shoulder: manual and belt MWMs for elevation, IR, ER, functional activities, and HEP.
  • Acromioclavicular joint: MWMs, and taping.
  • Cervical: NAGs, Reverse NAGs, SNAGs for flexion, extension, rotation, SB, HEP techniques, traction techniques, Positional SNAGs, Spinal Mobilizations with Arm Movements, Headache/Upper Cervical assessment, and treatment techniques.
  • Thoracic: SNAGs for rotation, flexion, SB, extension, belt traction.
  • Ribs: First rib technique, 2 through 12 rib techniques.
  • Lumbar: SNAGs, self SNAGs, SLR techs, SNAGS with SLR, and HEP.
  • SI joint: ilial rotations, upslip, plinth and weight bearing techniques, taping techniques
  • Hip: flexion, extension, rotation, non-weight bearing and weight bearing techniques.
  • Knee: Belt MWMs, IR MWM, Squeeze technique for meniscus, proximal tib/fib joint, and taping.
  • Ankle: talocrural, distal tib/fib joint, DF, PF, ankle sprains, and taping techniques.
  • Toes/Feet: IP, MCP, metatarsals, tarsals, plantar fasciitis, and taping techniques.



Course applicants must have completed minimally the Mulligan Concept Upper & Lower Quadrant Courses in the USA from curriculum year 2000 to present.

  1. Introductory Course*
  2. Upper Quarter Course
  3. Lower Quarter Course

* The Introductory course is recommended but not required.
See Available Introductory Courses

Wear loose, comfortable lab clothes. Bring 6th ed. book, mobilization belts, mobilization pads, if available.


The required text for the course:

Manual Therapy : Nags, Snags, Mwms, Etc.







Manual Therapy ‘NAGs’, ‘SNAGs’, ‘MWMs’ etc. 6th edition, by Brian R. Mulligan, 2010.


The Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy: Textbook of Techniques

The Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy: Textbook of techniques by Hing, Hall, Rivett, Vicenzino and Mulligan, 2015. 


Don is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1981. He is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

He has over thirty years of clinical experience emphasizing manual therapy, and currently is in independent practice in Jacksonville, Oregon. Don is an accredited member of the Mulligan Concept Teachers Association and served as Regional Manager in North America from 1999-2013. He has assisted Brian Mulligan on courses since 1994, and has been the principal instructor in postgraduate manual therapy courses since 1998 throughout the United States and Canada.



Airport: PDX – Providence St. Vincent Medical Center is approximately 22 miles from Portland International Airport.

Hotels near Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Please ask for the Providence St. Vincent’s Medical Center Rate if available

Shilo Inn Beaverton

9900 SE Canyon Rd

Beaverton, OR 97225



Doubletree by Hilton
15402 N.W. Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97006


Embassy Suites Washington Square

9000 SW Washington Square Rd

Tigard, OR 97223


Homewood Suites by Hilton
15525 N.W. Gateway Court
Portland, OR 97225


Marriot Courtyard Beaverton

8500 SW Nimbus Ave

Beaverton, OR 97008



Miscellaneous :

The course will be located in the Souther Classrooms located in the East Pavilion on the 1st floor. It is directly to your right when entering the east pavilion. Free parking is available in the East Parking Structure.

Please contact JoAnna Mullet with any questions prior to the course at 503-215-1540. If participants are lost they should call the main number at 503-216-1234 and ask for directions to the Stanley Classrooms. For emergencies they can contact me on my cell phone at 503-307-0561. My cell phone does not work in the hospital, but on mornings of the course I make sure to check it frequently.


Review / Testimonial

The Mulligan Concept is an outstanding paradigm to integrate into your practice as an athletic trainer. The courses and techniques not only improve your direct patient-care skill set, but also improve your clinical reasoning, decision-making, and communication skills. The techniques are simple to implement in practice and will produce immediate improvements across the gamut of injuries and patient presentations we see as athletic trainers. Practitoners who implement the Mulligan Concept into their clinical evaluations, acute care, and rehabilitation programs will experience significant improvement in their clinical practice. 

-Russell Baker, DAT, AT Clinical Assistant Professor, Director, Master of Science Athletic Training Program, University of Idaho


Apr 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am
Apr 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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JoAnna Mullett


Don Reordan


Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
9155 SW Barnes Rd.
Portland, OR 97225 United States
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