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Upper Quarter Course – Kirkland, WA

February 10, 2018 @ 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
February 11, 2018 @ 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


$425.00 3 Tickets Available
MCTA Upper Quarter Course

Spinal and Peripheral Manual Therapy Treatment Techniques For Upper Quarter

This two-day course will present the Mulligan approach to manual therapy for the Cervical and Thoracic spine as well as for the upper extremity.

    • PRO CERT 13 CCUs: Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) accepted in: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
    • NATA Board of Certification CEU Provider P3566
    • Certificate of attendance for 13 hrs of instruction
  • Please contact Organizer for registration information
  • On-site registration will take place at 8:00 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.


Spinal and Peripheral Manual Therapy Treatment Techniques For Upper Quarter

This two-day course will present the Mulligan approach to manual therapy for the Cervical and Thoracic spine as well as for the upper extremity. It will include lecture, patient demonstrations, and lab time to give the participants a thorough and in depth coverage of the Mobilization With Movement approach for the upper quarter. 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.


Learning Objectives

    • By the end of the course the participant will be able to accurately:
      •  List 3 key manual components of Mobilization With Movement for the treatment of upper quarter.
      •  Demonstrate 3 shoulder MWM techniques for shoulder elevation impairment.
      •  Demonstrate 2 elbow MWM techniques for loss of motion and tennis elbow.
      •  List 2 indications for wrist/hand taping procedures for the proximal row of carpals and the metacarpals to reinforce an MWM technique.
      •  Demonstrate 3 key variables that may need to be modified for pain-free effective MWM of the upper extremity, cervical and thoracic spine.
      •  Demonstrate 3 manual upper cervical techniques used for the alleviation of cervicogenic headaches
      •  Demonstrate 3 manual upper cervical techniques used for the alleviation of cervicogenic dizziness
      •  Demonstrate central and unilateral manual SNAG techniques for the pain-free improvement of cervical and thoracic ROM.
      •  Cite at least 2 RCT studies that support cervical snags for headaches and dizziness
      •  Cite at least 2 RCT studies that support the MWM approach to Tennis elbow

Agenda/Outline : Instruction in the MWM Concept including lecture, demonstration and lab practice – Two Day Course 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

(it is sometimes necessary to go longer on day 1 and shorter on day 2 to accommodate travel.)

DAY 1:

8:00-9:00      Introduction, theory and pre-test

9:00-10:00    Cervical demonstration and lab practice: NAGs, Reverse NAGs.

10:00-10:15   Break time

10:15-12:00    Cervical demonstration and lab practice: MWM principles, SNAGS for flexion,                                       extension, rotation, sidebending, HEP techniques, transverse snags

12:00-1:00     Lunch   

1:00-1:15         Upper Cervical: Lecture: evidence for eval / Rx of upper cervical pain, headaches and                           cervicogenic dizziness.

1:15-2:30        Headache/Upper Cervical: demonstration and lab practice: assessment and                                             treatment techniques

2:30-2:45      Break time

2:45-3:15      Upper Cervical lab practice for Headache/Cervicogenic Dizziness treatments                                          continued; cervical and thoracic traction techniques

3:15-4:00      Thoracic demonstration and lab practice: SNAGs for rotation, flexion, SB,                                                 extension; Ribs demonstration and lab practice: MWMs for ribs 1-12

DAY 2:

8:00-9:00    Hand demonstration and lab practice: IP, MCP, Metacarpals, Carpals, and taping                                   techniques

9:00-10:00    Wrist demonstration and lab practice: MWMs for flexion, extension, supination,                                     pronation, and taping

10:00-10:15    Break time

10:15-11:30     Elbow demonstration and lab practice: flexion, extension, proximal radioulnar jt,                                   tennis elbow, HEP

11:30-12:00   Shoulder demonstration and lab practice: manual and belt MWMs for elevation

12:00-1:00    Lunch

1:00-2:00      Shoulder demonstration and lab practice: IR, ER, functional activities, HEP

2:00-2:30      Acromioclavicular joint & 1st rib demonstration and lab practice: MWMs, and taping

2:30- 2:45     Break time

2:45- 3:30     Cervical demonstration & lab practice: Spinal Mobilization with Arm Movement

3:30-4:00     Review, Post Test and Closing


Wear loose, comfortable lab clothes. Bring mobilization belt & foam or contact pad, if possible.


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.

Also recommended:

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. (Get 10% off by entering PROMOTIONAL CODE: BAL6E70486 at checkout !! )



Don Reordan - MCTA

Don Reordan

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.


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Special location instructions:

The ATI Kirkland West Clinic is located on the 4th floor of the Evergreen Health Plaza building


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. Practitioners who implement the Mulligan Concept into their clinical evaluations, acute care, and rehabilitation programs will experience significant improvement in their clinical practice. 

Don Reordan has outstanding knowledge of, and experience using, the Mulligan Concept. He is able to translate his expert knowledge and clinical reasoning in a manner that is effective for both novice and expert learners. He also displays a genuine excitement and joy for teaching the Mulligan Concept, which creates a fun learning environment. I highly recommend taking Mulligan Concept courses from Don.

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


Feb 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am
Feb 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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Don Reordan
(541) 899-8179


Don Reordan


ATI Physical Therapy
11800 NE 128th St., Suite 400
Kirkland, WA 98034 United States
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