As an avid triathlete and adventure racer herself,
Dr. Mullen understands athletes.

Dr. Mullen has treated athletes of all ages and abilities, from recreational to Olympic hopeful to professional. Her practice is largely rehab based, with a focus on building sound biomechanics and on injury prevention. Whether recovering from an injury or as a tool for prevention, building a strong foundation prior to taking on a sport or training program is key to enjoying a lifetime of sports participation.

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Services

Dr. Mullen designs her treatment plans based on the concept of active recovery to keep you training and get you back on the starting line as quickly as possible.

Sport Specific Rehabilitation

Treatment based around functional rehab exercises and manual muscle work to decrease healing time and improve biomechanics.

Chiropractic Care

Gentle mobilization or manual manipulation of spine and extremities when necessary to improve joint mobility.

Active Release Technique (ART)

A highly sought-after technique in the athletic world used to help break down adhesions in muscles and facilitate faster healing.

Running Biomechancis Analysis

Running evaluations and biomechanics analysis to help improve your technique and encourage injury free running.

Injury Prevention Clinics

Dr. Mullen has taught classes in running biomechanics, Trigger Point Therapy techniques, and injury prevention to numerous local groups of athletes. Please contact her for more information on presenting to your training group.

Kinesiotaping

A therapeutic taping procedure used to aid in controlling inflammation of acute injuries as well as increase proprioception and proper joint mechanics.

 

Sport Specific Rehab

Dr. Mullen has experience treating athletes in all of the following sports:

Running

Running

Common Symptoms/ Injuries:
knee pain, hip pain, low back pain, foot pain, achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis/fasciosis, ITB syndrome, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, groin pain, sprains/strains, shin splints, stress fractures

Cycling

Cycling

Common Symptoms/ Injuries:
knee pain, hip pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, foot pain, achilles tendonitis, ITB syndrome, sciatica, piriformis symdrome, groin pain, sprains/strains

Swimming

Swimming

Common Symptoms/ Injuries:
rotator cuff injuries, impingement, tendonitis, bursitis, headaches, neck pain, back pain

Soccer

Soccer

Common Symptoms/ Injuries:
low back pain, spondylolysis with or without listhesis, knee pain, hip pain, chronic ankle sprains, sprains/strains

Gymnastics

Gymnastics/Cheerleading/Dance

Common Symptoms/ Injuries:
low back pain, spondylolysis with or without listhesis, knee pain, hip pain, chronic ankle sprains, sprains/strains

CrossFit

CrossFit

Common Symptoms/ Injuries:
rotator cuff injuries, disc herniations/bulges, sprains/strains, low back pain, knee pain, hip pain, tendonitis

Football

Football

Common Symptoms/ Injuries:
rotator cuff injuries, low back pain, knee pain, hip pain, sprains/strains, neck pain, ACL and/or meniscus tears

Tennis

Tennis

Common Symptoms/ Injuries:
lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, knee pain, low back pain, hip pain

Baseball Softball

Baseball/Softball

Common Symptoms/ Injuries:
tendonitis in forearm/elbow, medial/lateral epicondylitis, rotator cuff injuries, neck pain, low back pain, spondylolysis with or without listhesis, knee pain, hip pain, chronic ankle sprains, sprains/strains

RunLab

RunLab

Building sound biomechanics is the key to injury-free running. RunLab’s Experts can help assess and improve the fundamental building blocks of your run.

Biomechanics

Videotaped running gait evaluations and assessment of form. Useful for new and experienced runners, especially those with recurring running related injuries.

Performance Testing

Lactate & VO2 Max Testing, Resting Metabolic Rate, HR Training Zones, Body Composition, Nutrition Assessment.

Rehabilitation

Running specific rehab including manual muscle work, strength and flexibility assessment and sport-specific exercises designed to minimize recovery time and prevent future injury.

About Dr. Mullen

Kimberly A Mullen, DC, ART

Kimberly A Mullen, DC, ART

Dr. Mullen came to Austin in 2012 from a multidisciplinary sports medicine and triathlon training facility in Portland, Oregon where she worked extensively with cyclists, runners, and triathletes. As an avid triathlete and adventure racer herself, Dr. Mullen understands the unique challenges of endurance athletes and is committed to helping them return to their sport as quickly as possible.

In addition to her chiropractic practice, Dr. Mullen teaches running biomechanics classes with a focus on injury prevention and sound running form. She is heavily involved in the triathlon community and enjoys teaching injury prevention classes to local groups of athletes.

As part of the University of Western States Research Department, Dr. Mullen worked for several years as a treating clinician and rehabilitation specialist for NIH funded low back pain research studies on both adolescents and adults. Dr. Mullen has co-authored several publications on musculoskeletal injuries in the pediatric population and enjoys working with pediatric athletes.

Dr. Mullen is currently practicing as part of a multidisciplinary team within the Catz training facility in North Austin.

Education

Dr. Mullen graduated Cum Laude from Western States Chiropractic College in 2008. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a doctorate of chiropractic, Dr. Mullen has undergone specialized training and received certification in Active Release Therapy and Graston technique.

My Philosophy

I am a competitive athlete. I understand athletes. I have been competing since 1999 in a variety of sports including countless short course triathlon and running events, four full Ironmans, 36 hour adventure races, downhill mountain bike, road bike, and cyclocross racing, trail and road marathons, and indoor soccer. I am a consistent podium finisher in many of these sports and understand the dedication and training hours that are needed to achieve peak performance. It is often difficult to complete the necessary training load to achieve one’s goals while also staying injury free. My philosophy is strongly rooted in an an active approach to care with a heavy emphasis on rehab and patient involvement for rapid recovery. I strive to develop treatment plans which allow you to continue training through the recovery process and to come out of treatment stronger than you went in.

I have treated athletes of all ages and abilities, from recreational to Olympic hopeful to professional. I treat acute and chronic injuries related to a variety of sports. I also enjoy working with patients who are just starting to become active, including adolescents. My practice is largely rehab based, with a focus on building sound biomechanics and on injury prevention. Whether recovering from an injury or as a tool for prevention, building a strong foundation prior to taking on a sport or training program is key to enjoying a lifetime of sports participation. I offer videotaped running evaluations and work with runners of all ages on development of sound running biomechanics.

I also believe strongly in practicing evidence based medicine and, in many situations, the need for a multidisciplinary approach. What this means for you as the patient is that you will receive care which has been backed by sound research and is proven to get you better faster. I often work with physical therapists, coaches, orthopedists, and other medical and alternative care practitioners as needed in order to get you back to your sport in the fastest possible time. My treatment typically includes exercise based rehab, manual muscle work, and chiropractic adjustments as needed. I strive to educate my patients and help you understand how to participate in your own care.

Blog

Dr Kim Mullen Blog

  • Strength Training for New Runners

    90% of you that consider yourselves runners will suffer some kind of injury in the next year. That’s good news for me as your Doctor. That’s not good news for you as a runner. There’s a few ways that you can keep yourself out of my office. One of them is strength training.

  • What is Techneck?

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Contact

Dr. Mullen is more than happy to discuss whether her treatment approach may be right for you, and welcomes a phone call or email to discuss any questions you might have. She accepts cash and most major insurance plans.

Address

700-B South Lamar Boulevard

Austin, TX 78704

Phone

(512) 669-5824