Hi, here’s my bio of where I started my journey to be doing what I am today a physiotherapist, bio-mechanical geek, a postural obsessed self professed expert, clinical pilates instructor and somatic movement educator. I’m also a businesswoman, a wife and a full-time mother of three. I’m not sure which is the most work.
I have over a decade’s experience with pelvic floor and lower back troubles. In that time I’ve repeatedly witnessed amazing improvements in the strength, posture, movement and well being of women who have made the connection between mind and body.
I love helping women lead healthy, energetic and passionate lives through a unique blend of Pilates, Mindfulness Movement and Physiotherapy.
- Additional Qualifications and Courses
- Healing Massage and Aromatherapy Diploma 2001
- Hot Stone Massage 2002
- Pain Management 2005
- Hands free massage 2006
- Explain Pain, Lorimer Mosley 2006
- Internal Derangement of the Knee 2006
- Physiotherapy BSc (HONS) 2007
- Musculoskeletal Trigger Points 2007
- Statistics 2007
- APPI Pilates Mat 1 2007
- APPI Pilates Mat 2 2008
- Foundation in Acupuncture for Pain 2008
- Biomechanics in Low back Pain 2008
- Manual therapy in the Cervical spine 2009
- Manual therapy in the Thoracic spine 2010
- Acupuncture for Headaches 2011
- APPI Ante & Post Natal Pilates 2012
- Myofascial Pain 2014
- Acupuncture & Musculoskeletal Pain 2015
As Chartered Physiotherapists we receive a scientific based university 4 year training within a hospital setting. I underwent over 1000 hours hospital based training in all areas of Physiotherapy; cardio-respiratory, neuro-rehab, paediatrics, geriatrics, musculoskeletal and women’s health. Just like a junior doctor, physiotherapists rotate departments in a hospital setting as part of their early career.Most then choose a preferred area and go to specialise. Unlike physical therapists (UK & Ireland) who do not under go university led courses and have no training in a medical setting. Physiotherapists are regulated by the ISCP. Physical therapists are unregulated.
To maintain the high standard of training and professionalism within the Physiotherapy profession a clear line of merit must be drawn by the Irish government. It is like a police officer being likened to a post man. The level of training is not comparable. This is very confusing for the general public as it seems both professions are the same.
My area of expertise is musculoskeletal, biomechanics and women’s health.
Physiotherapists are experts is posture analysis, in depth analysis of the biomechanics of the body. Alongside a detailed medical history this paints a picture that you can use to change and re learn movements that will leave you feeling pain free and aligned, in control. This assessment and treatment is something everyone should have available to them. I’m excited to be able to offer you this expert analysis on my website. I will show you how you can gain control of muscle again, a child like reconnection with the body requires lengthening of shortened tight muscles and a mobility that begins with the middle of the body – the pelvis. To start a bio-mechanic assessment you will need to fill out a brief Q&A.
More on what I do
Dry needling is a common treatment technique used by Physiotherapists for pain relief in myofasical (muscular) trigger points (knots within muscle). Outcomes are overall very positive in lessening pain, tension within the muscle and referred pain symptoms (pins and needles, headache, shoulder, chest and leg pain). Without effective treatment ‘trigger points’ will persist and continue to cause pain and discomfort. From a physiotherapy perspective, trigger points are a constant source of pain. Dry needling reduces local and referred pain, improves range of motion and muscle activation pattern, and alters the chemical environment of trigger points.
Pain in a muscle is caused by a reduction in blood flow because the shortened fibres of a muscle are too tight to allow free flowing blood flow, reducing oxygen to that particular part of a muscle. Dry needling works by enabling the blood flow (oxygen) to return to that part of the muscle. A qualified physiotherapist has an expert medical training in anatomy and physiology of the human body. A physiotherapist is trained in placing acupuncture (very fine) needles into the knot in the muscle (trigger point) which fires the muscle involuntarily. This is not painful, but it is best described as mini electric shock. The result is the fibres within the muscle of the shortened muscle are able to relax and lengthen to a resting state, blood supply returned to normal and pain is effectively irradicated. This process has been shown under ultrasound in many medical and scientific studies. For anymore information regarding this process or to book a session, Contact Karen 087 6728232 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org