Sterling Completes Mulligan Concept Manual Therapy Training

Sterling Completes Mulligan Concept Manual Therapy Training

On March 20 and 21, Sterling Physical Therapy presented a two-day manual therapy seminar led by Frank Gargano, PT, DPT, OCS, of the Mulligan Concept Teachers Association. The session was one of three courses required to sit for the certification examination leading to qualification as a Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP).

The Mulligan Concept offers a new and simple approach in manual therapy. It is the application of mobilizations with movements (MWMS) and was developed by Brian Mulligan, M.N.Z.S.P., Dip. M.T. for lower extremity and spinal joint dysfunction.

Travis Sterling, of Sterling Physical Therapy, sought this class based on the clinic’s specialty: manual-based, with an emphasis in orthopaedic, sports, and workers’ compensation cases.

“I found Frank via a website,” said Sterling. “We went to the class in Chicago in November, and after five minutes of him speaking I knew I had to get him to my clinic to teach us more.”

Outcomes of the clinic included:

  • Presentation and application of Mulligan Concept principals of manual therapy
  • Debate about established conceptual models of pathology and treatment
  • Guidelines for proper and safe application of the techniques
  • Review and discussion on anatomy and biomechanics as it relates to treatment
  • Discussion about enhancing assessment & treatment skills of the Lumbar, Sacroiliac, and LE joints
  • Development of psycho-motor skills in the application of manual therapy

Training all staff members at Sterling Physical Therapy in the exact same way (re: the Mulligan Concept) was an important initiative for the clinic.

“Regardless of which staff member is providing the treatment, the patient will be assured a combination of high quality, hands-on care with complimenting exercises to be completed in the clinic as well as at home,” said Sterling. “This model provides for the greatest possible outcome.”

Missed the seminar? No worries—Sterling Physical Therapy is working with Mr. Gargano to set up an exciting follow-up course on the Upper Extremity to be held either fall 2010 or spring 2011.

“Frank is passionate and enthusiastic in teaching others about manual therapy and The Mulligan Concept!” said Patrick Dooley DPT, ATC. “I found Frank and his seminar to be invigorating!”

Interested to know more about how this training for our staff may positively affect your treatments? Contact the clinic with any questions. Email us at or reach the clinic by phone at 641.621.1401.


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