Practitioner Spotlight Physiotherapist Karin Hilfiker...

Hi Karin, welcome to Team FIX!

A little on Karin…

Karin has over 10 years experience treating musculoskeletal conditions in the private sector. Karin earned her Master Degree in Physiotherapy in 2005 and completed a certification in Functional Manual Therapy from the US-based Institute of Physical Art in 2013. She recently spent 18 months in Delhi, India treating patients and mentoring a team of Indian therapists at a centre dedicated to Functional Manual Therapy. Karin has treated a wide variety of clients from professional ballet dancers, Broadway performers, recreational weekend athletes, to the more sedentary desk worker.

Hi Karin, first of where are you from?

I grew up in Washington D.C., but since then have moved around a lot within the States as well as abroad. I spent many years in New York where I did my physio training.

What led you to physiotherapy training?

I've been dancing since I was a kid including ballet, modern dance, contact improv and latin dancing so the desire to help people move better was a natural one.

Going into physiotherapy, with its heavy science prerequisites and medical training, is the long route to this but in the end I'm happy I spent the time because I feel well prepared to handle a wide range of diagnoses and situations. The trick is to then combine this medical knowledge with a more subtle understanding of how the body moves and how impairments in one area can lead to compensations elsewhere.

While injuries can be extremely frustrating, they also provide the injured person with a unique opportunity for self-discovery. When someone commits to a process of self examination and exploration, they frequently emerge from their injury with greater self-understanding and perform better than ever.

Tell us more about your time working as a physio in Delhi?

In 2013 I completed my manual therapy certification with the U.S.-based Institute of Physical Art (IPA) which is a rigorous process that took me eight year to complete! Following certification, I was given the opportunity to join a physio clinic in Delhi, India treating patients and mentoring a team of Indian therapists in the IPA approach. It was a fantastic experience to be able to live in India and still practice much as I would at home.

Fun Fact: Karin is a salsa queen! London Salsa club recommendations please?

The best salsa clubs are friendly, unpretentious and packed with great dancers from all over the globe. London has not disappointed...the best spot so far is Tito's in London Bridge.

Karin doing salsa!

Karin doing salsa!

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