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Karen Morgan

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On Being a Good Patient

On Being a Good Patient

Having practiced physical therapy now for 32 years, with a Bachelor of Science and a doctorate of Physical Therapy under my belt, one would think I know a thing or two about what it means to be a good patient. But recently, after having been hospitalized for nearly 5...

When the Healer Needs Healing

When the Healer Needs Healing

It’s been a moment. A whole lot of moments. I am writing to let you know I am still here😊. My writing focus has changed slightly, as this very active, very healthy PT has become the patient. And great news! My advice on health and healing works well for me too. You...

Pain Management

How Stress & Anxiety Affect Physical Pain

How Stress & Anxiety Affect Physical Pain

This week I have created a guest blog entry at https://well-woman-blog.com . The topic is the effects of stress and anxiety on our experience of pain. Visit Gena's site to read my latest blog and to even read some of Gena's other blog entries. Be well.

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Back Pain, Prayer and Treating a Loved One

Back Pain, Prayer and Treating a Loved One

There are good reasons medical professionals don’t treat those closest to them. Ego, relational dynamics, and just deep caring can obscure the objectivity of both provider and loved one, especially the more that is at stake. As you have learned by now, I care very...

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The Tension between Frustration and Gratitude

The Tension between Frustration and Gratitude

With the holidays past, and a new year rolling along, thoughts on gratitude are not really in season. Still, my thoughts linger there, especially since I had a recent little “aha” moment: I learned it is impossible to be frustrated while simultaneously being grateful....

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When Things Break…Healing Can Happen

When Things Break…Healing Can Happen

Sitting on the living room sofa, I heard the crash in the kitchen. Something was now in a million little pieces.  “That didn’t sound good,” I teased my husband. “I’m sorry, and it’s irreparable too,” John said remorsefully. And he would know, as he is the master of...

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Physical Pain: Who to Turn to?

Physical Pain: Who to Turn to?

Denise’s sharp leg pain, which was produced by a nerve in her low back, was 100% improved from the previous week. Yet, she was fuming. But not at me.  She was frustrated with her medical doctor. “I wish he had sent me to you first.”  This was a dramatic change of tune...

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When Healthcare Is Collaborative, Healing Can Happen

When Healthcare Is Collaborative, Healing Can Happen

What if the healing within a patient wasn’t all about the patient?   What if successful outcomes occur, in part, because we providers get our eyes opened to the bigger picture of the journey traveled by our patient?  What if this enhanced awareness of the person we...

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Abused and Imprisoned

Abused and Imprisoned

​A difficult journey. The sexual abuse began when she was six and lasted for a horrible decade. Her mother chose poorly, turned a blind eye to the character of the men she brought home, and in doing so, obliterated little Jonell’s sense of safety, her self-confidence...

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On Fascia and Forgiveness

On Fascia and Forgiveness

On Fascia and Forgiveness Tracy was a healthy, active woman of fifty, who unexpectedly twisted her knee and fell on the concrete floor of the restaurant where she worked. The impact on her knee was so severe that the cartilage deteriorated quickly, requiring a knee...

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Your Body Has Feelings Too

Your Body Has Feelings Too

Your Shoulder Has Feelings Too An approach to health and healing from inside and outside the Western Medicine box Claire was seeing me for what I determined to be a frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis. Her condition was apparently instigated by a flu...

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Aging

When Aging Makes You Feel Old

When Aging Makes You Feel Old

WHEN AGING MAKES YOU FEEL OLD Our mindset, coupled with pain, steals our energy and youth. It’s ironic to me that our culture spends millions of dollars seeking to evade the aging process, while not truly understanding what aging and youthfulness actually are. The...

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General Health

How Stress & Anxiety Affect Physical Pain

How Stress & Anxiety Affect Physical Pain

This week I have created a guest blog entry at https://well-woman-blog.com . The topic is the effects of stress and anxiety on our experience of pain. Visit Gena's site to read my latest blog and to even read some of Gena's other blog entries. Be well.

read more
Back Pain, Prayer and Treating a Loved One

Back Pain, Prayer and Treating a Loved One

There are good reasons medical professionals don’t treat those closest to them. Ego, relational dynamics, and just deep caring can obscure the objectivity of both provider and loved one, especially the more that is at stake. As you have learned by now, I care very...

read more
The Tension between Frustration and Gratitude

The Tension between Frustration and Gratitude

With the holidays past, and a new year rolling along, thoughts on gratitude are not really in season. Still, my thoughts linger there, especially since I had a recent little “aha” moment: I learned it is impossible to be frustrated while simultaneously being grateful....

read more
When Things Break…Healing Can Happen

When Things Break…Healing Can Happen

Sitting on the living room sofa, I heard the crash in the kitchen. Something was now in a million little pieces.  “That didn’t sound good,” I teased my husband. “I’m sorry, and it’s irreparable too,” John said remorsefully. And he would know, as he is the master of...

read more
Physical Pain: Who to Turn to?

Physical Pain: Who to Turn to?

Denise’s sharp leg pain, which was produced by a nerve in her low back, was 100% improved from the previous week. Yet, she was fuming. But not at me.  She was frustrated with her medical doctor. “I wish he had sent me to you first.”  This was a dramatic change of tune...

read more
How NOT To Be Bitten By A Dog

How NOT To Be Bitten By A Dog

I was midway to the gate, hurrying to the barrier between me and the snarling dog that was straining against its chain. But then it broke free, hurtling towards me like a rocket. Its sidekick, an annoying Pomeranian that fancied itself bigger than it could ever hope to be, was already nipping at my heels. I didn’t mind that as much as the pitbull-German shepherd mix that was wanting a piece of me.

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Kickboxing and Anger Management

Kickboxing and Anger Management

Is your anger a Volcano or a Balloon? I took up kickboxing the week or two before Lockdown March 2020.  It would prove to be an effective method for caring for myself on several levels.  It released my frustration, my mental fatigue, and allowed me to kick the crap...

read more
When Healthcare Is Collaborative, Healing Can Happen

When Healthcare Is Collaborative, Healing Can Happen

What if the healing within a patient wasn’t all about the patient?   What if successful outcomes occur, in part, because we providers get our eyes opened to the bigger picture of the journey traveled by our patient?  What if this enhanced awareness of the person we...

read more
Physical Therapy Is Essential

Physical Therapy Is Essential

And we need it now more than ever What makes PT essential? If you ever had to deal with debilitating pain or struggled to function following an injury, you would probably agree a wholistic physical therapy service is essential. As the owner of a solo outpatient...

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COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 UPDATE Like us all, I have questions. But first, I am not an immunology or epidemiology expert, or a public policymaker for that matter. I appreciate the efforts all of those who are the above. I respect them deeply. I don’t want to go on a rant. What I do...

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Life Journey

On Being a Good Patient

On Being a Good Patient

Having practiced physical therapy now for 32 years, with a Bachelor of Science and a doctorate of Physical Therapy under my belt, one would think I know a thing or two about what it means to be a good patient. But recently, after having been hospitalized for nearly 5...

read more
When the Healer Needs Healing

When the Healer Needs Healing

It’s been a moment. A whole lot of moments. I am writing to let you know I am still here😊. My writing focus has changed slightly, as this very active, very healthy PT has become the patient. And great news! My advice on health and healing works well for me too. You...

read more
How Stress & Anxiety Affect Physical Pain

How Stress & Anxiety Affect Physical Pain

This week I have created a guest blog entry at https://well-woman-blog.com . The topic is the effects of stress and anxiety on our experience of pain. Visit Gena's site to read my latest blog and to even read some of Gena's other blog entries. Be well.

read more
Back Pain, Prayer and Treating a Loved One

Back Pain, Prayer and Treating a Loved One

There are good reasons medical professionals don’t treat those closest to them. Ego, relational dynamics, and just deep caring can obscure the objectivity of both provider and loved one, especially the more that is at stake. As you have learned by now, I care very...

read more
The Tension between Frustration and Gratitude

The Tension between Frustration and Gratitude

With the holidays past, and a new year rolling along, thoughts on gratitude are not really in season. Still, my thoughts linger there, especially since I had a recent little “aha” moment: I learned it is impossible to be frustrated while simultaneously being grateful....

read more
When Things Break…Healing Can Happen

When Things Break…Healing Can Happen

Sitting on the living room sofa, I heard the crash in the kitchen. Something was now in a million little pieces.  “That didn’t sound good,” I teased my husband. “I’m sorry, and it’s irreparable too,” John said remorsefully. And he would know, as he is the master of...

read more
Better Conversations: Pontificating or Being a Pontoon

Better Conversations: Pontificating or Being a Pontoon

At the end of the evening, I asked John “So I ‘pontificate'?”, repeating back the word he had used with our friends earlier in the evening.  He described a recent conversation to them that we'd had with some folks, who had shared their opinions on vaccinations and the...

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A Little Bit about Me (Cuz You Asked)

A Little Bit about Me (Cuz You Asked)

I was asked to share more about myself. “But what do you love?  What are you like? Please share that!” Oh, golly. I love lots. 😀 I love laughing. Especially the kind where you’re doubled over, or the tears are streaming down your face. And you’re gasping for air....

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How NOT To Be Bitten By A Dog

How NOT To Be Bitten By A Dog

I was midway to the gate, hurrying to the barrier between me and the snarling dog that was straining against its chain. But then it broke free, hurtling towards me like a rocket. Its sidekick, an annoying Pomeranian that fancied itself bigger than it could ever hope to be, was already nipping at my heels. I didn’t mind that as much as the pitbull-German shepherd mix that was wanting a piece of me.

read more
You Have a High Butt

You Have a High Butt

Or, How Strong Glutes Help Us I was sitting on my Uplift stool, wobbling away on its rounded base while documenting my patient's progress. She was a colleague whose sense of humor was quickly ushering her into friendship territory. Nevertheless, I wasn't prepared for...

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Kickboxing and Anger Management

Kickboxing and Anger Management

Is your anger a Volcano or a Balloon? I took up kickboxing the week or two before Lockdown March 2020.  It would prove to be an effective method for caring for myself on several levels.  It released my frustration, my mental fatigue, and allowed me to kick the crap...

read more
When Healthcare Is Collaborative, Healing Can Happen

When Healthcare Is Collaborative, Healing Can Happen

What if the healing within a patient wasn’t all about the patient?   What if successful outcomes occur, in part, because we providers get our eyes opened to the bigger picture of the journey traveled by our patient?  What if this enhanced awareness of the person we...

read more
Abused and Imprisoned

Abused and Imprisoned

​A difficult journey. The sexual abuse began when she was six and lasted for a horrible decade. Her mother chose poorly, turned a blind eye to the character of the men she brought home, and in doing so, obliterated little Jonell’s sense of safety, her self-confidence...

read more
Remembering

Remembering

Memorial Day Weekend For me, Memorial Day weekend has become the time that I recall my last hours enjoying time with Mom. It was the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend of 2017. We didn’t know it would be our last time together, but I think she had an inkling. John and I...

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When Aging Makes You Feel Old

When Aging Makes You Feel Old

WHEN AGING MAKES YOU FEEL OLD Our mindset, coupled with pain, steals our energy and youth. It’s ironic to me that our culture spends millions of dollars seeking to evade the aging process, while not truly understanding what aging and youthfulness actually are. The...

read more