B.App.Sc.(Phty), Cert Acup, Cert Pilates
Kathryn Cowen is an experienced physiotherapist who enjoys working with her patients to understand not just their pain or injury, but also their lifestyle and interests, which ensures she is working with each patient in a holistic way.
Her treatments are focused on overall wellbeing, and often combine posture assessment, acupuncture, massage, yoga and customised Clinical Pilates programs, along with physiotherapy manual therapy techniques. Kathryn educates her clients so that they have a clear understanding of their problem or pain. She then supports, encourages, and motivates her patients to gain and then maintain a healthy body. It is a ‘hands- on’, active and exercise-based approach to musculoskeletal injury treatment and rehabilitation.
Kathryn has a particular interest in treating spinal problems, especially those related to the pelvis, thoracic spine and rib dysfunction. Her biomechanical approach looks at the body as a whole, often leading to treatment of several areas of the body at the same time. She also has extensive experience working with necks, shoulders, hips and knees. Rehabilitation relating to yoga injuries and treating those with injuries or pain related to hypermobility are also her areas of expertise.
Since the birth of her two daughters, Kathryn has furthered her study in the area of Women’s Health and Pre- and Post- Natal conditions. She offers her holistic physiotherapy approach to help women with pain and discomfort during and after pregnancy, as well as guidance for post-natal recovery and strengthening. Her treatment includes the use of Real Time Ultrasound for transversus abdominus and pelvic floor muscle retraining.
In the past Kathryn has worked as a personal trainer, yoga teacher, sports massage therapist and strapper for West Harbour Rugby Union club. She has also taught physiotherapy group exercise sessions involving yoga and Pilates for many years.
Since 2004, Kathryn has taught Sports Massage at the NSW School of Massage, a course that she co-authored with one of her physiotherapy colleagues. This 2 level course is designed to help massage therapists understand functional anatomy, recognise injury, identify patterns of tightness throughout the body and learn massage techniques to specifically deal with soft tissue dysfunction.
Kathryn is also an avid painter, completing a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) in 2007, with her paintings regularly exhibited at a number of Sydney galleries.