Karen Barker LC.S.P. (Phys.) Integrated Therapies

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I helped deliver this beautiful baby Jasmine February 2015, to help me understand the process a woman anad baby go thru delivery. Grateful to her mom Jamie...and Dad.

I helped deliver this beautiful baby Jasmine February 2015, to help me understand the process a woman and baby go thru in delivery. Grateful to her mom Jamie…and Dad.

My personal experience of chronic pain in varying degrees throughout my lifetime has brought me to the work I do today. Born with necrotic femoral arteries the hip joint was compromised in its development which caused severe osteoarthritis at the young age of 14. It took perseverance and strength of will to find a surgeon who would operate on a 36 year old woman. By this age I was crippled.

In 1996, I was gifted with two hip replacements. Pain free for the first time in my lifetime I was facing a new learning curve.  I had to teach myself how to walk properly and retrain my mind to accept this new reality.

2013, with 9 complicated hip surgeries behind me I feel this chapter of my life is completed. It has become a personal passion to inspire others to find within themselves the peace of mind, joy and beauty of who they are.  The choice we have in our minds to live a harmonious life.  I truly felt a component to my brilliant recovery was the journey of training my mind to accept, receive and choose to embrace the positive.

Visceral Manipulation and Cranial Therapy

by Karen Barker

Baby Jasmine 4.5 months

Baby Jasmine 4.5 months

Dr. Jean Pierre Barral, an osteopath in Grenoble, France, developed Visceral Manipulation in 1971. Dr. Barral was treating a patient who had back pain. The patient confirmed he felt relief when “an old man” he’d been going to “pushed on his abdomen”. Dr. Barral noticed increased movement in his spine. This sparked his curiosity in the body’s internal relationship with the spine.

After years of research, thousands of clients, and his profound knowledge of the anatomy, he developed Visceral Manipulation. Europeans undergo vigorous testing in VM before earning their diploma on the internal structures.dr. Barral will often say “IF YOU ARE CAUSING PAIN YOU ARE NOT DOING THE WORK CORRECTLY..THE BODY HAS HAD ENOUGH PAIN”. I have found to make permanent change the brain needs to be “Wooed.”

There are 4 factors that they have found influence the function of the viscera. The soft tissue that is to be referred to as the viscera is the nerve tissue, blood vessels, organs and the brain.

Physical Factor: encompasses motor vehicle accidents, birth, falls surgery and abuse both physical and sexual.

IMG_7788 (1)Chemical: includes excess alcohol, smoking, poisoning and exposure to toxic substances, drugs, and infections be it viral or bacterial.

Thermal: heat exhaustion, sunstroke, frostbite, hypothermia, burns.

Emotional: increased stress, anger, depression, and fears.
IMG_7776 (1)The viscera is governed by the involuntary nervous system and does not differentiate between physical and psychological pain. For example receiving news of the death of a loved one can cause real physical symptoms of nausea, stomach pain, dizziness, etc.

In a treatment loose clothing is worn. The internal structures have a different tension in gravity than in lying down, so assessments are done in standing and in sitting.

 

The brain in also classified as viscera. The cranial osteopathic techniques release strain patterns in the membranes surrounding the brain therefore restoring balance in the environment around the brain. Yes, it directly affects the cerebrospinal fluid as in the craniosacral work of Dr. John Upledger. Since 1985, the Upledger Institute only offers Dr. Barral’s Visceral Manipulation exclusively. Many therapists are well versed in the cranial sacral therapy.

IMG_7818 (1)I have had the pleasure of completing all of Barral’s classes and have been studying under him since 1997. In October 1999 I travelled to France to the International Osteopathic College to study the urogenital work. I see amazing results in Visceral Manipulation and have had the personal experience through my chronic pain journey of this profound work. I see it as a key to wellness….Naturally. Unique benefits in the treatment of:

  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Whiplash of Falls
  • Sports Injuries
  • Joint and Ligament Injuries
  • Scar Tissue resulting from injury, post radiation or surgical adhesion’s
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Sensory Changes; tingling, numbness, nerve pain, sciatic, spinal cord injury
  • Degenerative conditions, osteoarthritis
  • Migraines, Headaches
  • Post partum Conditions and Difficult Deliveries

IMG_7826 (1)Unique Benefits in Providing Assistance with Childhood Conditions such as:

  • Birth Trauma (moms can benefit too)
  • Delayed Fine or Gross Motor skills
  • Seizure Activity
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity
  • Poor Sleep Patterns
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Digestive Difficulties and Colic

gentlely

Treatment Sessions

Mobility tests are generally assessed in standing and seated positions as the body holds itself different in gravity than in lying down. The evaluation is done with the patient clothed as needed. The client’s history and symptoms are then discussed. The more in depth clinical findings are shared at the end or during the treatment session followed with recommendations.

Insurance Coverage

Some treatments may be partially or fully covered. Please check with your Insurance Representative for details if you have coverage for Registered Massage Therapy.

Cancellation Policy

We appreciate a 24 hour notice of cancellations, otherwise full payment is required. Thank you for your co-operation. For those travelling in winter months consideration is given to weather and road conditions. Prices vary in various office locations.

 

 

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