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Kirkland, WA – Upper Quarter Course

Jan 22, 2022 @ 8:00 am Jan 23, 2022 @ 4:30 pm PST

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.

  • Certificate of attendance is provided for Continuing Education (CE) credits
  • NATA Board of Certification Approval #P3566


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 time to refine their manual skills with 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

  • 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 1 RCT study that supports cervical snags for headaches and dizziness
  • Cite at least 1 RCT study that supports the MWM approach to Tennis elbow


  • Hand: IP, MCP, Metacarpals, Carpals, and taping techniques.
  • Wrist: MWM’s for flexion, extension, supination, pronation, and taping.
  • Elbow: flexion, extension, proximal radioulnar joint, tennis elbow treatments, HEP, taping.
  • Shoulder: manual and belt MWM’s for elevation, IR, ER, functional activities, HEP.
  • Acromioclavicular joint: MWM’s.
  • Cervical: NAGs, Reverse NAGs, SNAGs for flexion, extension, rotation, SB, HEP techniques, traction techniques, Transverse SNAGs, Spinal Mobilizations with Arm Movement, Headache/Upper Cervical assessment, and treatment techniques.
  • Ribs: MWM’s for ribs 1-12.
  • Thoracic: SNAGs for rotation, flexion, SB, and extension.


Wear loose, comfortable lab clothes. Bring mobilization belts, mobilization pads, if available.

Recommended Reading

Manual Therapy: NAGS, SNAGS, MWMS etc. – 7th EditionManual Therapy : Nags, Snags, MWMs, Etc. – (7th Ed), 2018

As the primary workbook recognized by the Mulligan Concept Teachers Association, it is designed to be used along-side training courses on Mulligan Concept Upper Quarter (Part A – cervical thoracic and upper limb), Lower Quarter (Part B – lumbar spine and lower limb) and Advanced (Part C – advanced techniques) courses. Written with Brian’s own colloquial style, the 7th edition is easy to read (and often humorous), and is a key reference for any manual therapist working clinically today.

The Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy: Textbook of Techniques

The Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy 2e
Textbook of Techniques

An essential reference for the manual therapist seeking to improve patient’s movement using pain-free hands-on techniques.

Designed as a companion to Mulligan Concept training courses, the text is divided by: Body regions with techniques highlighting key information to assist with clinical reasoning and assessment. Patient and practitioner positioning, guidelines for application and further adjustments.


Don Reordan
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 with his wife Lynn and his son Bret. 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 internationally.


Airport :

Seattle Tacoma International Airport: Seattle, WA – SEA

Hotel Options :

The Heathman Hotel Kirkland: (888) 264-5494 or (425) 284-5800

Baymont by Wyndham Seattle/Kirkland: (425) 947-1030


This course will be held at the Kenmore location of Lake Washington Physical Therapy.

Student Reviews & Testimonials

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

MCTA Upper Quarter Course


Don Reordan

Event Organizer

Megan O’Connell



6704 NE 181st St Suite 101 8
Kenmore, Washington 98028 United States
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