Mulligan’s mobilization-with-movement, positional faults and pain relief: Current concepts from a critical review of literature

Bill Vicenzino, Aatit Paungmali and Pamela Teys

There are an increasing number of reports espousing the clinically beneficial effects of Mulligan's mobilization-with-movement (MWM) treatment techniques. The most frequent reported effect is that of an immediate and substantial pain reduction accompanied by improved function.  This article provides an overview of the literature concerning the clinical efficacy, effects and putative mechanisms of action of the MWM approach in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. The literature regarding the mechanisms of action in both the biomechanical and pain science paradigms is covered herein by reviewing all available scientific evidence from laboratory-based studies. Limitations of reported studies and directions for further research are also considered.

Manual Therapy, Volume 12, Issue 2, May 2007, Pages 98-108

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Neck Pain

Out of all 291 conditions studied in the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain ranked 4th highest in terms of disability and 21st in terms of overall burden.

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