Mobilization with Movement (MWM), developed by Brian Mulligan FNZSP (Hon) of New Zealand, is recognized world-wide in manual therapy approaches. His concept is the application of manually applied accessory joint glide with concomitant pain-free active movement. Brian Mulligan’s 1984 chance discovery while treating a patient that had failed previous manual therapy techniques led to a treatment approach that is based on application of pain-free passive movement and simultaneous active movement. Many manual therapy approaches use passive mobilization and measure improvement of the patient’s movement restriction after the bout of mobilization has been given. In contrast, a MWM outcome is determined quickly by an immediate and measureable change in the patient’s restriction. As with any manual therapy approach, functional and long-lasting improvement is desired.
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