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Karrie Malan

Physiotherapist & Owner

Karrie is a dynamic physiotherapist with a real passion for helping people move freely, feel better, and understand their own bodies.  She values spending time with patients, allowing her to offer personalised attention, thorough assessment and optimal treatment.

After working for 11 years as a physio in private practices, her passion and enthusiasm for her work and helping her clients has only grown, and you can see the buzz she gets out of seeing them improve, and also reviewing more complex patient presentations with her physio  colleagues.

Karrie’s special interest areas include neck and shoulder pain, hip and lower back issues.  These areas lend themselves to the art of observing, analysing and retraining movement patterns, where she incorporates her expertise in Clinical Pilates and exercise therapy, which she balances with hands on skills, including dry needling.

In the past few years she has particularly enjoying seeing "2nd opinion" clients to find the root cause of persistent issues, from RSI to pelvic pain, hypermobility related issues, and those who haven't succeede with regular physio.

Karrie is a Watson Headache®Certified Practitioner, having completed levels 1, 2 and 3 over the past 2 years.  She is excited about the seeing the effectiveness of treating both headaches and migraines using a unique and research based approach - the Watson Headache® Approach.  

There can be a large interplay between neck pain, posture, shoulder pain and arm pain.  Karrie enjoys the challenge of teasing out these injuries, and addressing each aspect of the problem step by step.  

Combining thorough shoulder assessment with neurodynamic testing and exercise therapy means she can help track and explain symptoms that extend up into your neck or down into your arm, wrist or hand.

Similarly, hip pain, lower back pain and groin pain can sometimes become a complex picture to assess or treat as a physio.  

She believes that understanding and explaining to patients how these puzzle pieces fit together empowers clients to start changing habits and solving the underlying issues that are causing the pain.

With a keen interest in recreational running herself, Karrie really enjoys analysing and improving running technique and treating running related injuries, and she does most of our Running Screenings at FLEX.

Having worked in sports focused practices, alongside bootcamps, football and netball teams, Karrie enjoys the fast paced, decision driven world of sports physio, returning clients to sport quickly, and allowing them to play at their best.  

As an ex dancer herself, and with extra physio training in this area, Karrie treats many dancers.  She does our Pre-Pointe Dancing Screenings and understands the specific challenges that dancers face with their injuries, as well as the hypermobility related issues.

She's also a "bit" of a nerd, attending lots of professional development courses, and reading physiotherapy journal articles for fun.

Karrie is currently working part time as she juggles the joys (and challenges) of mothering little Jamie and Amelie.  She enjoys being outdoors, running, bushwalking, netball, pilates and keeping fit in her "spare" time.