Karen has been in private practice since graduating in 1997 from the European School of Osteopathy. She established Shefford Osteopathic Clinic in 2000.
She has been a clinic tutor at the British School of Osteopathy and is on the international teaching faculty at the European School of Osteopathy.
Karen was President and Chairman of the British Osteopathic Association from 2006-2008, which is now the Institute of Osteopathy, and remains a member. She is also registered with the General Osteopathic Council and the British Medical Acupuncture Association.
Karen continues to update her skills and knowledge. In the past 20 years she has completed a large variety of courses and subjects. These include: Paediatric and Cranial Osteopathy, Medical Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Ergonomic assessment and DSE assessor (see our Ergonomic Assessments page), First Aid, and MRI imaging.
The last couple of years she has been:
- training in Systemic/Family constellations – a facilitated process that reveals hidden dynamics and resources that can bring resolution to internal issues within any relational system (personal, professional or organizational),
- studying an online Pain Management course, and
- researching into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how an unresolved trauma may present years later as pain.
“I have been practising now for over 20 years and still thoroughly enjoy what I do.
“Over the years my techniques have become more refined. My understanding of the human being from a spiritual, mental and physical aspect has widened as a result of personal experience and courses/books. This allows my treatments to encompass more than just assessing the area of pain. As a result, some of the most rewarding treatments have been for those who have suffered pain for many years as a result of previous trauma, accidents, traumatic birth for mother or baby, and highly stressful jobs.
“Outside of the Clinic I try to practice what I preach with meditating regularly, practising yoga, growing my own vegetables, playing the piano and spending time with my family and pets.”
We asked Karen:
What do you love about your job?
The wide variety – from different people, what they are looking for help with, the techniques use to treat each person and the patients individual requirements from a session with me. On a daily level the trust that patients put in me to help them with their healthcare – it is always an honour to be a allowed to help.
The opportunity to make a difference in someones life – hopefully always positive.
What is your best piece of lifestyle advice?
Get to know and listen to YOUR body.
It really does tell us what is going on for us, but many of us have forgotten how to listen and the wisdom the body has. Simple things such as going to bed or resting when we are tired. Eating when we are hungry. If we are ill we need to rest and allow our body to fight the bugs and then repair, heal and recover. Many of us feel the need to get back to work a.s.a.p, taking medication to do so, using caffeine and sugar to get us through the day.