In the world of manual therapy there are many notable figures that come to mind. Some of these figures are historical pioneers and some are masters of modern therapy. One notable name that comes to mind would be the hardworking, intelligent therapist, Brian Mulligan.
Mulligan is a physiotherapist from New Zealand.
His early professional life took place at the New Zealand School of Physiotherapy where he qualified in the year of 1954. After two years had passed, he took place in a Wellington based private practice. Mulligan was part of a small combined group who created New Zealand Manipulative Therapists Association in 1968. Within that small group, Mulligan formed a program with his colleagues as well as joining an international teaching circuit. He has taught in 91 cities and over 20 countries around the world.
Mulligan accomplished many certifications, received several awards and recognition for his work and combined efforts with other physiologists. He has received close to ten awards total for his work and research done with manual therapy such as the Ball Dynamics Award for Excellence, Award of Excellence of the World Confederation of Physical Therapists and many more.
Many other therapists in the field make requests to work with Mulligan and he shares with him his knowledge, techniques and teaching. In 1995, he developed an organization to accredit teachers. This program is called the Mulligan Concept Teachers and hold a total of 48 teachers spanning across almost 20 nations.
Mulligan continued his work at the private practice, as well as developing many foundations, until he commenced retirement of active clinical practice in the year of 2000.
Post retirement, Mulligan has continued to do international work and teaching seminars across the country. He is known to be an inspiration and mentor to many physical therapists, medical practitioners and physiologists. He has been married to the love of his life, Dawn, for over 50 years. The two together share a lifetime of amazing memories as well as three children and five grandchildren.
He continues to pave the way for aspiring medical practitioners in the same field, being a notable trailblazer and inspiration to students and colleagues alike.