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Karen D Durana

Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist

Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist

Arlington, VA
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5.0 of 5 (13)
My daughter suggested a FaceTime session with Karen after hearing how unsettled I was with feeling so isolated from family and friends as Covid-19 began. I know Karen's talents with craniosacral work and touch, but I was skeptical because we were talking about video conferencing. I don't know how she does it, but she was very effective, creating a space for the two of us, checking areas of my body in a way that I was sure I felt her warmth or anchoring. At one point she even asked what happened in a certain part of my body that only I could have noticed internally. I encourage anyone who wants to explore a question, wants help centering, or is concerned about their health to consider the privilege of connecting with Karen remotely during these unprecedented times
Karen is an excellent PT and healer. Karen is well versed in many clinical approaches, and she has superb touch. From my personal experience, Karen is a very gentle and caring soul; you can trust being in her loving hands and know that she will tend to your whole being. In my capacity as a clinical psychologist and acupuncturist, I have recommended her to many of my clients over the last 15 years. I highly recommend her!!
10 years ago I had my jaw broken and was told by doctors I was not healing. I was willing to try anything to avoid a second surgery and having the experience of my mouth being wired shut again. I was introduced to Karen and over the course of that summer she accomplished what the doctors told me was not possible. Because of her training and amazing gifts I did not need the second surgery. It was a miracle and I had X-rays to prove it. She is a great person and words can’t truly describe her talents, they need to be experienced. I still see her to this day and recommend her services to anyone in need of healing on any level. Everyone I have ever introduced to Karen has been not only grateful but in awe of her abilities. I personally experienced first hand that her methods could help when western medicine fails and I highly recommend her services.
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Arlington
4343 Lee Highway, Arlington VA 22207, United States
Mon: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thu: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Karen is an orthopedic manual Physical Therapist with over 25 years of experience.  She brings to each session her breath and depth of clinical experience, creativity, patience and compassion to provide a unique and progressive program best suited for the patient.  

She has a knack at problem solving the most difficult of cases.  Her clinical skills, tenacity, and out of the box thinking have helped many patients out of the most dire of circumstances - impending surgery, difficult post-op rehab, or having had made little progress at another PT clinic.

Karen’s strong and safe therapeutic presence, with empathic discernment provide a steady foundation to engage deep long held issues in the body.  She is an Advanced Craniosacral Therapy (CST) practitioner who has an affinity to work with people who are healing from PTSD, and those who would like to release current or past traumas at the physical/ emotional/ generational/ spiritual levels.  CST is a gentle, light touch treatment that tunes into where soft tissue or fluid restrictions reside in the body.  Using touch and dialogue, Karen is able to engage both physical and emotional blockages you may have, then listen to the body's inner wisdom to guide a process that helps with releasing injury and trauma, discovering a new way of being, and integrate this into your daily life.  And with her training as a Distance Healer, she can support you with CST virtually.


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Karen Durana Reviews
5.0 of 5 (13)
10 years ago I had my jaw broken and was told by doctors I was not healing. I was willing to try anything to avoid a second surgery and having the experience of my mouth being wired shut again. I was introduced to Karen and over the course of that summer she accomplished what the doctors told me was not possible. Because of her training and amazing gifts I did not need the second surgery. It was a miracle and I had X-rays to prove it. She is a great person and words can’t truly describe her talents, they need to be experienced. I still see her to this day and recommend her services to anyone in need of healing on any level. Everyone I have ever introduced to Karen has been not only grateful but in awe of her abilities. I personally experienced first hand that her methods could help when western medicine fails and I highly recommend her services.
My daughter suggested a FaceTime session with Karen after hearing how unsettled I was with feeling so isolated from family and friends as Covid-19 began. I know Karen's talents with craniosacral work and touch, but I was skeptical because we were talking about video conferencing. I don't know how she does it, but she was very effective, creating a space for the two of us, checking areas of my body in a way that I was sure I felt her warmth or anchoring. At one point she even asked what happened in a certain part of my body that only I could have noticed internally. I encourage anyone who wants to explore a question, wants help centering, or is concerned about their health to consider the privilege of connecting with Karen remotely during these unprecedented times
Karen is an excellent PT and healer. Karen is well versed in many clinical approaches, and she has superb touch. From my personal experience, Karen is a very gentle and caring soul; you can trust being in her loving hands and know that she will tend to your whole being. In my capacity as a clinical psychologist and acupuncturist, I have recommended her to many of my clients over the last 15 years. I highly recommend her!!
Working with Karen virtually is just as powerful as working with her in person! That may be hard to believe, but it's true. During the many years I have worked with Karen, she has helped me to heal, gain clarity, and integrate my head and heart. In all of my virtual sessions with Karen, I have felt an incredibly strong connection with her. In fact, it felt as if her hands were on me though we were a thousand miles apart. I felt her energy surrounding me, helping me to feel more grounded and whole. In previous virtual sessions, Karen helped me make the most important decision of my life. During this time of the COVID-19 crisis, it was important for me to have a session with Karen and to feel positive, healing energy throughout my body. Karen knew exactly where I needed connection and support, and she knew what was happening in my body though she was in DC and I was in Ohio. I would definitely schedule another session with Karen. I encourage everyone to give themselves the gift of working with Karen virtually.
Karen does exceptional work. I played sports my entire life and played D1 football. I’ve seen lots of PT specialist over that time and can say that Karen is in the top echelon if not the best. I highly recommend her for any physical therapy needs you may have. You will not be disappointed.
Karen is awesome - she’s a really knowledgeable and skillful physical therapist., and she’s creative and encouraging in working through the challenges of the healing process with you. She has been instrumental in helping me recover from multiple shoulder and elbow injures (mostly due to kayaking) over the years. She was highly recommended by my orthopedic surgeon, and I echo his recommendation.
My sessions with Karen have been remarkable! Previously sessions were in person, but now done virtually. And the virtual sessions are just as impactful. Karen is a true healer and I feel blessed to know her and have her support. I recommend her highly!
I have benefitted from Karen Durana’s care on for two separate conditions, at two points in time. The first time followed shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. The surgeon recommended Karen explicitly – she was the only person he recommended – and her office was close to mine. The amazing thing, to me, about her treatment was not that she gave me a simple course of routine PT exercises to compete nightly, and when I came in the next week she reviewed my progress. It was that she gave me a lymphatic massage weekly. I knew nothing about lymphatic massage. It was a very comfortable and comforting treatment, but a bit mysterious to me. I was amused to learn that it is also used on race horses. But I trusted Karen’s judgement, and she had been recommended by an excellent surgeon. And I recovered completely from the surgery, even though I could barely move my arm immediately afterwards. I mean, I’d been advised to begin pain medication well before the surgical anesthetic wore off! I’d never been through a process like that before. Karen’s skill and kindness made me eager to compete my exercises nightly. I thought of the lymphatic massage as a reward for good behavior. It worked like a charm. Several years later, I commented to my internist that I was beginning to have trouble with my knees. He asked me whether I wanted a prescription for PT. I said I’d love an opportunity to work with Karen again, and he wrote me the prescription. This time things were simpler, but once again the exercises really helped. And once again I was grateful for Karen’s knowledge of PT, her lymphatic massages, and her personal kindness. I trust Karen completely. I recommend her work highly, without qualification.
Karen has helped me recover from a lower back injury, and ongoing upper back and lower back disk issues. Her calm presence, positive attitude and healing hands not only guided me towards recovery, but also helped me to believe in my body's own ability to fully heal. Karen's unique approach, blending both traditional orthopedic PT and craniosacral therapy make her the only bodyworker I would want to go to. I highly recommend Karen to anyone who is experiencing pain, or persistent health challenges that have not responded to traditional approaches.
Karen Durana is extremely careful to provide a safe and clean environment. She is extremely knowledgeable and her therapy is very effective. And she also provides practical tips on how to prevent exacerbating an injury.
There is no question that Karen has a gift. Her healing abilities far exceed those of traditional physical therapists. By utilizing craniosacral therapy and her natural talents as a healer, she has been able to treat and resolve problems I have had over the years, both acute and less so. There has never been an occasion when Karen has not been able to treat and resolve an issue, whether it related to a physical, dental, or even stress-related concern. Simply put, she is able to accomplish what some in the medical and dental professions might view as impossible. My virtual appointments with her have been just as effective as the in-person appointments. I highly recommend her for physical therapy and/or craniosacral therapy.
I first began my healing journey with Karen about 3 years ago. I started with craniosacral therapy and felt such a deep connection with her and within myself that I continue to work with her. The work is transformative and really allows for growth. I have suffered a series of injuries over the last two years and Karen has helped me to not only heal from these injuries but also to better understand the patterns that my body has grown accustomed to that hinder my more integrated self. I completely trust her methodology and have experienced real and lasting results and always look forward to giving myself the gift of her healing touch. I also recommend her movement and meditation classes.
Karen Durana is one of the best physical therapists I know. I have referred people with complex trauma as well as standard orthopedic rehab issues, and her breadth of skills and her heart shine through every time. She gets results and does it with quiet grace.





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