Physio Erin from the Plympton practice and Physio Carolyn from the Beverley have completed the Mulligan Lower Limb Course. The Mulligan concept was first developed in New Zealand and the method can be applied to the whole body. The areas covered in this particular event include the lower back, hip, knee, ankle and foot.
The Mulligan concept is unique in that it requires the therapist and the patient to be involved. A common technique used for joints is known as “mobilisation”, where the Physio applies a force to promote movement between joint surfaces.
Using the Mulligan’s approach the therapist applies the appropriate force to the joint and then encourages the patient to perform their painful movement. This promotes increased movement and allows for real time feedback on the effectiveness of the technique. A therapist can be more dynamic and more readily progress the treatment force to encourage optimal pain free movement.
This technique is beneficial for joint stiffness or pain and reduced range of movement. It is particularly useful for clients post joint replacement (hip or knee). Particularly effective movements can often be taught for use at home to continue reaping the benefits between appointments.
If you have any problems in these areas please bring them up with your physiotherapist. The Mulligan concept might be a useful technique in your recovery process. Press this link to make a booking at either of these practices.