Plane View Services was first established by Brian Mulligan, the developer of the Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy in 1984. The company was created to sell Brian’s textbooks on his concept “Manual Therapy NAGS, SNAGS PRP’s etc” and “Self treatments for back, neck and limbs.” Plane View got its name from the view of airplanes leaving Wellington Airport from Brian’s office window. Brian also thought the name was appropriate as his techniques dealt with joint planes. “Manual Therapy NAGS, SNAGS PRP’s etc” is now in its 7th edition and includes Brian’s latest C0/1, C1/2, C2/3 technique for the upper cervical spine restrictions and headaches.
In early 2019 Brian sold the rights to publish his books to Jillian McDowell, a fellow Mulligan Concept teacher, and Plane View Services 2019 Ltd (PVS) was established. PVS now operates out of Invercargill, New Zealand. PVS aims to continue to provide Brian’s seminal works to physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, and orthopaedic doctors, both nationally and internationally, into the future. As the primary workbook recognised by the Mulligan Concept Teachers Association, it is designed to be used along-side training courses on Mulligan Concept Part A (cervical thoracic and upper limb), Part B (lumbar spine and lower limb) and 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.
Jillian McDowell and Brian Mulligan
Books on offer for sale
Mulligan BR. Manual therapy “NAGS”, “SNAGS”, “MWMS” etc. 7th Edition. Wellington, NZ: APN Print Ltd.; 2018.
Mulligan B. Self treatments for back, neck and limbs.
3rd ed. Wellington: Plane View Services; 2012.
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Equipment for sale
Thoracolumbar snaggers $37 (incl gst) each
Cervical snaggers $27 (incl gst) each
Treatment belts $30 (incl gst) each
Silicon contact pads – Pack of three $30 (incl gst) each
The Mulligan Concept
The Mulligan Concept of Mobilisation with Movement (MWM) is a unique manual therapy treatment approach combining mobilisation with active movement or function. Fundamentally a patient’s pain, restriction or functional loss is eliminated when appropriate mobilisation forces are applied during movement.
First developed by Brian Mulligan F.N.Z.S.P. (Hon), Dip. M.T., in Wellington, New Zealand, this simple yet effective manual approach has been taught since 1984.
The Mulligan Concept Teachers Association (MCTA) was established to provide excellence in Mulligan Concept training. The MCTA now promotes the concept and it has 53 accredited teachers available to run courses for physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, and orthopaedic doctors internationally.
Principles of Mulligan Concept
Initially trained by Kaltenborn, Brian Mulligan took traditionally sustained translations and added patient generated active movement to achieve pain free movement and function. Brian Mulligan’s concept of mobilizations with movement (MWMS) in the extremities and sustained natural apophyseal glides (SNAGS) in the spine were revolutionary due to this concurrent application of both therapist applied forces and patient generated movement.
With the concept rule of “pain free, instant and long lasting” underpinning all clinical reasoning, no other form of manual therapy offers real time decision making and safety. The paradigm is patient centred and patient controlled and has an extensive body of self-treatment options.
As Brian Mulligan has said: “There is no other concept in the field of manual therapy, that is applicable to the entire musculoskeletal system and that when indicated gives you an instant pain free result. There is no other concept in the field of manual therapy that only requires 2 to 3 minutes to establish if it is indicated. A bonus is that when indicated it is diagnostically significant.”
A building body of evidence is now proving the efficacy for this approach for musculoskeletal conditions.
If you are interested in the Mulligan Concept please visit our International MCTA website www.bmulligan.com
About Jillian McDowell
MNZSP, Dip. Phys., Reg. Physio Acup., Post Grad. Cert. Sports Med., Dip. M.T., Cred. M.D.T., Cred. Mulligan Concept, MNZCP (Acupuncture), MNZCP (Manipulation), MPhty, MCTA
Jillian is a New Zealand physiotherapist with 28 years of physiotherapy experience. As a co-director of a private physiotherapy practice she works primarily as a clinician, in addition to her teaching roles. She has taught acupuncture for 23 years in New Zealand more latterly Mulligan Concept, both nationally and internationally, for 9 years. Previously tagged for both Manipulative Therapy and Acupuncture by the NZ College of Physiotherapy, she completed a master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2007. She is the current Research Officer on the executive of the Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand and sits on the Physiotherapy New Zealand Professional Development Committee. Jill is also the current International Chair of the MCTA. She has 8 publications and has contributed to two editions of Mulligan Concept techniques textbook, including the annotation section. Her areas of interest are adverse reactions, western acupuncture neurophysiological clinical reasoning, and treatment of the sacroiliac joint/pelvis and headaches.
A list Jillian’s publications can be found here.
If you are interested in booking Jillian for Mulligan Concept teaching, please email
If you would like to join one of Jillian’s courses her upcoming events are listed here.
Diploma of Physiotherapy Diploma of Manipulative Physiotherapy Register of Physiotherapy Acupuncturists Postgraduate Certificate of Sports Medicine (Otago) Credentialed Therapist, McKenzie Institute Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy Tagged Member of New Zealand College of Physiotherapy (Manipulation) Accredited Sports Medicine New Zealand – Physical Conditioning Level 1 Tagged Member of New Zealand College of Physiotherapy (Acupuncture) Masters of Physiotherapy Otago (with Distinction) Accredited Mulligan Concept Teacher (MCTA)
Physiotherapy New Zealand
Sports Medicine New Zealand
Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of
New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association
Other Positions Held:
Accredited Mulligan Concept Teacher and International Chair of Mulligan Concept Teachers Association Research Officer, Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand
Tutor for Physiotherapy Acupuncture Association of New Zealand
Independent Advisor to the Health and Disability Commissioner of New Zealand Professional Development Committee Physiotherapy New Zealand
Auditor Physiotherapy New Zealand