I had been in pain from a bulging disk pressing on my spinal cord for about 2 years when a freind suggested that I go to see Karen Pullum
for a rolfing session. I had a huge knot in my shoulder that was more
than extremely painful. Karen worked on me for 12 weeks and got the knot
almost completely gone. I was in MUCH less pain and my posture improved
dramatically. I highly recommend rolfing to anyone who is in pain or
just wants to stand up straighter and feel great!
For too many years - 25 or so, I had suffered with chronic hip, back and
neck pain. This was the direct result of a bicycle accident.
I recieved physical therapy many times and learned to stretch my body
through yoga, and recieved massage therapy on a regular basis. I also
took ibuprofin - as much as 1600mg. per day. As an RN, I knew this was
not good, but I needed to control my pain.
I learned of Karen Pullum
through a relative, and since I had not tried Rolfing, I thought why
not? I went through the complete head
to toe session over a the course of a few months. I began to experience
relief while decreasing the ibuprofin. For nearly a year I have been off
all pain meds, and see Karen monthly for maintenance sessions. I will
always need to keep my body stretched and flexible - that is my
responsibility. Karen does the rest, and I thank God I took my cousin's
In the Spring of 2001 I had a strange accident where I actually tore my
left bicep tendon due to a standard blood draw for a life insurance
policy. I immediately went back to work (I am a personal trainer) and
continued to tear my tendon as my day wore on. The next morning I awoke
and my left arm was black and blue and very tender to the touch. This is
when I finally realized the severity of the injury. I went to my Doctor
and had some tests done and she confirmed that yes indeed my tendon was
torn. I was ordered not to use my left arm for a 4-6 week period.
However, I couldn't take that much time off of my job so I forced myself
to work using my right arm only. This proved to be a bad decision. Not
working my body evenly caused old scar tissue in my back to tense up and
eventually spasm. A week or so later this scar tissue in my trap muscle
got so inflamed that it actually cut off blood circulation in my left
arm. When my arm turned blue from the lack of oxygen I rushed myself to
the doctor and received cortisone shot to immediately reduce the
swelling. I was then put on muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory
medicine to try and control my pains.
In January of 2003 a good friend of mine referred me to Karen Pullum
She explained what Rolfing was all about and thought that she could
help me with my problems. Needless to say in about 6 months time Karen
was able to rid me of all of my muscle relaxants and other drugs. She
truly loosened up all of the tight connective tissue from my injuries
and gave me my life back. Karen is a professional in every sense of the
word. She listened to me during our first phone consultation and was
prepared for my first visit. Karen then managed to “tune-in” to my body
and start the healing process. I couldn't believe how much better I felt
after just the first visit! For the first year I saw Karen twice a
month and progressively got better. I have not had a flare-up in almost a
year and I still get rolfed every 4-8 weeks for a tune-up. Not only do I
still go and believe in her methods but I have sent my wife and in-laws
well and they all swear by her.
-Michael D. Little
Dynamic Personal Fitness
After years of experience with both
conventional medical healing as well as alternative therapies in both
my professional and personal lives, I highly recommend Dr. Karen Pullum
and her work to anyone and everyone in need of mind, body, or spirit
healing. She performs her structural integration techniques with
unbelievable strength and compassionate insight. Through her
electromagnetic rolfing she demonstrates an amazing talent for
manipulation of the body's energy fields towards restoration of balance.
Dr. Pullum respects the parameters of each individual's personal
approach to healing, while placing the variety of her healing techniques
and her gift for designing individual programs at one's disposal. Her
work discovers and enriches the mind, body, and spirit continuum and
enhances whatever additional therapies the individual already has in
process. The end result is a journey through a complete healing process
that challenges the mind, engages the body, and heals the spirit.
-Teresa Andreone, M.D., Ph.D., Critical Care Physician
As an adult I have
looked for help from many professionals personal trainers, mainstream
doctors, physical therapist, chiropractors with treatment that ranged
from muscle relaxants to counseling because to I was viewed as being too
anal but again, no help with the major issues. The personal trainer
told me over 20 years ago that he thought rolfing would help, well it
took a long time to find one but once I did you know he was dead on
On the phone Karen Pullum
said she thought rolfing could offer some benefits, in person I think
she may have been amazed by what living like this for decades this could
do to a person, my problems were complex to say the least. With bad
balance and an inability to get muscles too work for me the muscles of
my right arm and legs morphed into two dimensional limbs more like flaps
.Presently I am just barely half way through a full session of rolfing
and the changes I have experienced so far are profound both physically
Karen knew upon seeing me that my issues were real she was able see, touch and address these issues,
She has given the missing dimensions back to me body and
spirit. I believe that with issues or without everyone would benefit
from being rolfed. And I know you would hard pressed to find a more
caring, dedicated or insightful practitioner than Karen Pullum.
How fortunate it has been for me Karen that you chose the path you're on.
With the guidance, assistance, and work of Dr. Karen Pullum,
I have changed my approach to life as a whole. I am more balanced in my
work, both physically and mentally, what I eat the importance of the
purity of what goes into my body and the total maintenance and well
being of my body as a whole.
To any one who suffers from chronic pain and has been told
by their Doctor that medicine for the rest of their life is the answer,
you must look at Rolfing. I would hope that you would take the time to
understand that the cost of the pain and prescriptions that you are
currently paying will be greatly offset by this treatment. You must
commit yourself to it, the reward you will reap far out ways what you
are going through today.
Sandy James, DeSoto.