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Karen Morgan

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An Arthritic Knee: Jan’s Story

An Arthritic Knee: Jan’s Story

Thanks to Nathan Dumlao for his photo  A Visit This past weekend longtime friends from south of Seattle visited us. Jan and I have been dear friends since college days at CSULB in California and I am very familiar with her arthritic woes.  But as she...

Lessons Learned: a New Chapter

Lessons Learned: a New Chapter

New chapter? Wait? What? Was there a book?    Before you get excited, no. When I go through something big, something that takes up a lot of headspace and energy, I look at that as a new chapter. These are usually unexpected or unwanted. As we’re rolling into...

How to Listen to Our Bodies

How to Listen to Our Bodies

In J. Barrie Shepherd’s book, Faces at the Manger, he offers that perhaps one of the reasons the holy family was visited by a ragtag group of shepherds, and not more important sophisticated guests, was because the shepherds were the only ones who listened and...

Can We Re-Design the Healthcare Setting?

Can We Re-Design the Healthcare Setting?

“Do you serve dinner?” My last patient of the day enjoyed her evaluation experience at the clinic so much she was reluctant to leave. "I had to ask. I mean, this is so great." THAT is what you want in a clinic setting. Recently, I've been invited into a lively...

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...

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....

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.

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. Her sense of humor was delightful. Nevertheless, I wasn't prepared for her amusing exclamation, “You have a high butt!” Insert...

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...

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...

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...

Tracy’s Story – On Fascia and Forgiveness

Tracy’s Story – On Fascia and Forgiveness

by Karen Morgan | Jun 7, 2021 | Pain Management 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...

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...