Therapist-Recommended Tips on How to Rehab a Weak or Injured Shoulder

Did you know that the shoulder is one of the most unstable joints in the body? 

Although the shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in our bodies, giving us a wide range of motion to allow us to accomplish necessary tasks of daily living, maintaining adequate stability and mobility is key to preventing injury. 

The good news is that whether you’ve been previously injured or are looking to improve your shoulder joint strength or mobility to avoid injury altogether, there are several exercises that can help you achieve greater comfort through a full range of motion in the weeks, months, and years to come. 

Follow along to find out which 3 shoulder mobility exercises we recommend to help you address muscle imbalance, treat pain, and restore function. 

Anatomy of the Shoulder

The shoulder is a functional yet incredibly complicated joint made up of several important structures that contribute to its strength and flexibility. 

The shoulder joint is formed where the humerus (bone of the upper arm) meets the scapula (shoulder blades), fitting together like a ball and socket. Other important bones involved include the acromion and coracoid bones (both attached to the scapula), along with the clavicle (collarbone). 

Essential soft tissue structures that keep the shoulder joint intact include the rotator cuff which combines the following:

  • a selection of muscles and tendons
  • a bursa which is a small fluid-filled sac to cushion the tendons in the shoulder
  • multiple ligaments
  • cartilage (also known as the labrum) that forms the “socket” for the head of the humerus to fit inside 

When any of the complex structures that make up the shoulder joint become stretched, torn, or detached, you become more vulnerable to injury. 

The Most Common Shoulder Injuries 

Research has found that shoulder pain affects 18-26% of adults making it one of the most common regional pain syndromes. Living with chronic pain or joint stiffness can make it challenging to carry out activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, driving, and dressing. 

Among the many types of a shoulder injuries, studies have recognized the following to be the 4 most common: 

1. Rotator cuff disorders

Rotator cuff disorders are proven to be the most common cause of shoulder pain in young to middle-aged adults. This type of tear may be the result of repetitive overhead activity, prolonged bouts of strenuous lifting causing tendon irritation or damage, or the shear stress from a single incident during a fall or accident (i.e. car accident injury).  

2. Glenohumeral disorders

Glenohumeral disorders such as frozen shoulder and glenohumeral arthritis are two common joint issues that contribute to pain and immobility. Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is characterized by stiffness throughout the joint that may gradually worsen over time if not resolved through rehab treatment.   

3. Acromioclavicular joint disease 

Acromioclavicular joint injury or disease is generally secondary to trauma or osteoarthritis. This type of injury can cause pain, tenderness, and swelling inside the joint which restricts the range of motion and can lead to further complications such as shoulder impingement. 

4. Referred neck pain 

Referred pain describes a type of pain that’s perceived at a location other than the site of injury. In this case, referred neck pain describes the pain or discomfort in the lower neck region that causes referred pain in the shoulder joint. This type of injury contributes to stiffness and immobility through the shoulder capsule and upper back region. 

Other common injuries that cause shoulder pain include: 

  • Shoulder dislocation (an injury where the humeral head loses contact with the socket causing a dislocation of the joint)
  • Shoulder separation (an injury to the ligament between the shoulder blade and collarbone)
  • Fractures (i.e. humeral head, scapular, clavicle, etc.) 
  • Cartilage tear
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Bursitis 

What is causing my shoulder stiffness?

Depending on your lifestyle, you may be experiencing tightness throughout the shoulders and nearby muscles including your neck and upper back for various reasons. 

Those who live an active lifestyle, have physically demanding jobs, or play recreational or competitive sports may experience pain or tightness from stress, tension, or overuse of their shoulders. On the other hand, shoulder tightness can also be caused by a lack of use in those who sit for extended periods of time, sleep in uncomfortable positions, or have poor posture. 

No matter the cause of your stiff or weak shoulders, mobility exercises will be your best friend! 

Top 3 Mobility Exercises for Weak or Immobile Shoulders 

Whether you’re experiencing muscle tightness, soreness, or weakness in the shoulder joint, these 3 exercises use different movement patterns to help you build strength and stability throughout the shoulder while improving your functional range of motion.

Movement #1: Wall Slides

The first progressive shoulder rehab exercise is known as the wall slide. Used to increase a controlled range of motion throughout your shoulder complex, wall slides are an excellent starting point to check for any discrepancies in your movement patterns. Plus, it doubles as a great shoulder stretch! 

Here’s how to do it:

  • Stand facing a wall (your nose should be almost touching the wall) 
  • Press a piece of paper onto the wall with one hand next to your body and with your elbow by your side (your palm should be flat against the paper)
  • Without letting the paper drop, slide it from the starting position up towards the sky, then back to the starting position, and again in an upward diagonal position, etc.
  • Continue this movement as you create the outline of a “star shape” on one side of your body
  • Repeat the exercise on the other side

Movement #2: Banded Rotations

After working on your range of motion through the shoulder with the wall slide exercise, the next step is to enhance stability. Banded rotations encourage you to accomplish external and internal rotational movement against constant resistance. 

Here’s how to do it:

  • Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold a band up over your head with your elbows slightly bent
  • Extend the band outward by squeezing your shoulder blades together until you feel slight tension in the resistance band
  • Rotate the band down below eye level as you rotate your shoulders in a downward direction (forearms parallel to the ground) 
  • Rotate the band back to the starting position as you rotate your shoulders back 

Movement #3: Kettle Bell Carries

It’s time to challenge our shoulder joint with a bit of tension. Kettlebell carries are a functional exercise that helps build shoulder, thoracic, and wrist strength and stability. 

What makes this exercise so unique is the use of uneven weight distribution. In preparation for real-world situations such as carrying off-balanced loads of groceries or reaching for heavy objects with one arm, kettlebell carries force us to stabilize our shoulders, core, and legs to help maintain balance throughout the movement. 

Here’s how to do it:

  • Raise a kettlebell up beside your head with your shoulder and elbow bent at a 90-degree angle
  • Walk 10-15 steps in one direction, turn and walk back to your starting point 
  • Repeat the exercise on the other side

Check out our Instagram page to find all the shoulder rehab exercises live in action!

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain

If you’re struggling to rehab your shoulder on your own, it may be necessary to reach out to a trained professional to help get you back on track to recovery. 

At Wildewood Health, our team of Kinesiologists and Athletic Therapists are here to help you recover from injury, address tight shoulders, and help monitor the muscles and joints surrounding this area. 

Active rehab specialists will work one-on-one with you to: 

  • Create individualized programs to target pain, weakness, and injury 
  • Address and resolve specific sources of shoulder pain using guided manual therapy techniques 
  • Monitor and manage symptoms throughout sessions to prevent long-term damage to the joint 
  • Restore function, mobility, strength, and stability of your shoulders and related structures 

The Bottom Line

Exercising the shoulder is essential to preventing injury, minimizing joint stiffness, and addressing muscle imbalances.  A quality shoulder rehab routine should include exercises that increase mobility (i.e. wall slides), increase stability (i.e. banded rotations), and challenge the surrounding muscles and tissues to support the movement (i.e. kettlebell carries).  If your shoulder pain or discomfort is affecting your daily activities, book an appointment with us today. We look forward to working with you!

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wildewood health is hiring a kinesiologist 

 

what is WILDEWOOD HEALTH?

Wildewood Health is Nanaimo’s leading active therapy clinic opening its doors in 2021. Wildewood Health offers private treatment rooms, a large gym space and state-of-the-art equipment to meet the needs of both the client and practitioner. Our staff of Kinesiologists and Athletic Therapists are leaders in their respective fields and work with a variety of disciplines. Wildewood Health also works with the pediatric population in fine and gross motor programs.  

Wildewood Health is currently expanding in January 2024 into a new facility. Wildewood Health will be looking to advance in the field of performance and diversify their services to include physiotherapy, chiropractic services, massage therapy and more! The new facility will have a private pediatric space to offer Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services.

 

summary 

Wildewood Health is currently seeking a kinesiologist to join their team. We are currently seeking a full-time kinesiologist to join our team to work in the clinic setting with a diverse group of clients and with the pediatric population on gross motor programs. Alternatively, the right candidate could join our team in a part-time capacity and either work in the clinic or in pediatrics, in this case we would be looking for two part-time kinesiologists.  

Based on the interest of the kinesiologist, they will either work in the clinic with a diverse group of clients including rehabilitation, performance, health, wellness and/or with the pediatric population in fine and gross motor programs. The right candidate will love the fast-paced private setting and enjoy seeing their caseload grow and be kept at full capacity.  

Wildewood Health employs their kinesiologists as employees and includes cancellation time, charting time, mileage, travel time, continuing education, benefits and more! The right candidate can be a contractor-employee or an employee.   


education/ certifications/ experience:

  1. Registered with BCAK with good standing and have insurance.
  2. Completed a kinesiology or exercise related degree from a recognized university.
  3. Have 3+ years of experience in a clinic setting or in a field with pediatrics (preferred)
  4. Have additional certifications which could include CSCS, FMS, etc. (preferred)


qualities/values we are looking for:

  1. Career orientated/ looking to advance their career and be part of a growing company.
  2. Team player working within a dynamic team.
  3. Positive attitude with exceptional client relation skills and kinesiology related knowledge.

 

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to admin@wildewoodhealth.com and indicate if you
are looking to apply to work with the clinic populations, pediatric populations, or both!

Application is open until the right candidate is hired. Individuals will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

Occupational Therapist

we are hiring!

wildewood health is  hiring an occupational therapist!

Wildewood Health is currently seeking an Occupational Therapist to join our team. 

 

what is WILDEWOOD HEALTH?

Wildewood Health is Nanaimo’s leading active therapy clinic opening its doors in 2021. Wildewood Health offers private treatment rooms, a large gym space and state-of-the-art equipment to meet the needs of both the client and practitioner. Our staff of Kinesiologists and Athletic Therapists are leaders in their respective fields and work with a variety of disciplines. Wildewood Health also works with the pediatric population in fine and gross motor programs.  

Wildewood Health is currently expanding in January 2024 into a new facility. Wildewood Health will be looking to advance in the field of performance and diversify their services to include physiotherapy, chiropractic services, massage therapy and more! The new facility will have a private pediatric space to offer Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services.

 

SUMMARY

Wildewood Health is seeking an Occupational Therapist to join our team. The right candidate will occupy a
caseload with mainly pediatrics as well as building their caseload in the private sector through ICBC, Veterans Affairs, etc.

The right candidate will be looking for part-time contractor work initially, building into full-time contractor work and employment if desirable.

Training and support are included in the role, new grads please apply!

This role can be done virtually, however in person will be preferred.   


education/ cerifications/ experience:

  1. Registered with COTBC and CAOT with good standing and have clinician insurance.
  2. Completed their master’s in occupational therapy and have a relevant undergraduate degree.
  3. Have 3 + years of experience in a clinic setting or in a field with pediatrics (preferred).
  4. Have additional certifications which could include RASP, CAS, etc.


qualities/ values we are looking for:

  1. Career orientated/ looking to advance their career and be part of a growing company.
  2. Team player working within a dynamic team.
  3. Positive attitude with exceptional client relation skills and kinesiology related knowledge.

 

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to admin@wildewoodhealth.com.

Application is open until the right candidate is hired. Individuals will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

Shirin

kinesiologist

Shirin attended Simon Fraser University, where she graduated in 2023 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Her major in Kinesiology, with a specialization in Active Health and Rehabilitation, showcased her deep interest in exercise prescription and its impact on overall well-being. Inspired by her upbringing on Vancouver Island, where she loved to play games and sports outdoors, Shirin’s love for sports rehabilitation and exercise therapy grew. This passion led her to pursue a kinesiology major, where she gained valuable experience volunteering with diverse populations, including Special Olympic athletes and children with developmental disabilities. This work ignited her desire to create inclusive movement and exercise programs for people of all abilities, emphasizing the importance of enjoyable and manageable physical activity.

Throughout her life, Shirin has played several different sports, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, and golf. Among these, golf emerged as her true passion, leading her to play at the collegiate level for SFU. Under her leadership, the team achieved two victories, including the 2023 Conference Championship . This experience heightened Shirin’s appreciation for the power of athletics and the joy of movement. Motivated by the values of teamwork, camaraderie, competition, and fun, she became an advocate for youth engagement in sports, supporting junior programs at local golf courses. Shirin’s involvement in varsity sports also cultivated her passion for working with athletes and assisting them in their injury recovery and maintenance.

In her spare time, you’ll find Shirin exploring the mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park, camping by a lake, or attempting to learn a new activity such as pickleball or disc golf.

Adult Level 1

Strength & Conditioning (female only)

This program is designed for the adult who knows the benefits of strength and conditioning but has little / none lifting experience or prefers a slower pace to their class.

This program will help the adult learn fundamental movement patterns and how to structure workouts so they feel comfortable doing so on their own. This program is the building blocks for ‘Level 2 – Intermediate’ should the adult want to progress.

How our classes work:

  • Buy a punch pass 10 for $175 or 20 for $310.
  • Sign up for the classes you can make! Should spaces become limited, additional sessions will be added.


What is included:

  • 75 minute strength and conditioning classes offered in the morning and evening time slots.
  • At home mobility program.
  • Small, inclusive environment, up to 5 adults plus coach.
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) leading the programs


Schedule:

Tuesday’s from 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Introduction to Lifting

Strength & Conditioning (female only)

  • Is your daughter interested in weight lifting but you/ her aren’t sure where to start?
  • Are you looking for a small environment for your daughter to start lifting?
  • Is your daughter a multisport athletes and is looking at leveling up hear strength and conditioning?
  • Do you want your daughter to learn strength and conditioning from a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)?


Introduction to lifting is a Semi-private strength development for the female athlete. This program includes 8 weeks of intensive training to cover fundamental movement patterns, fundamental lifting principles and understand the basics of structuring a well ordered strength and conditioning plan.

What does it include?

  • 1 x weekly sessions for 8 weeks
  • 1 x weekly at home sessions to practice each week
  • Weekly check ins with their coach to answer all questions
  • Small, inclusive, female environment with a 4:1 coach to athlete ratio

Administrator

we are hiring!

Job Description 

As the receptionist/ administrator, you would be expected to work the front desk and be the first thing people see! Duties can include but are not limited to: 

  • Answering the phone/ managing the inbox
  • Supporting with billing procedures, month end, etc.
  • Client tracking sheets and support


Qualities / Values we are looking for:

  • Passionate about activity and movement.
  • Can work in a team environment but independently as well.
  • You have a desire to learn and grow.
  • You have a positive, can do attitude, even-keel and drama free.
  • You are looking for a position to grow into and set your roots.
  • You want to be part of a great team, who considers you family.


Your Education/ Experience/ Knowledge:

Asset to have certain skills and a combination but willing to hire the right candidate and train on necessary skills as needed.

  • Previous administrator/ front desk experience
  • Customer service experience
  • Medical administrator experience or direct billing experience
  • QuickBooks experience
  • Jane experience
  • Excel experience


Employment includes statutory holidays, vacation pay, benefits (after 6 months) and more! Wildewood Health
also provides weekly education seminars and continuing education credits.

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to admin@wildewoodhealth.com.

Application is open until the right candidate is hired. Individuals will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

Pediatric Kinesiologist/ Interventionist

we are hiring!

Job Description 

Wildewood Health supports youth across Vancouver Island. We work with youth to develop functional movement skills, fine and gross motor skills and help children accomplish their physical education goals. The right candidate will work with us, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other team members to provide rehabilitation programs to children of varying abilities and skills from ages 3-18+.      

Your role would be to follow treatment plans from physiotherapists and occupational therapists to ensure kiddos with varying abilities and needs are accomplishing their functional goals. Programs might take place in various cities, centers, parks and our clinic space.


Qualities / Values we are looking for:

  • Passionate about working with special needs kids/ children.   
  • Able to work independently but also in a team environment.  
  • Strong communication skills with your team and clients.  
  • Creative to ensure programs and enjoyable AND effective.  
  • You have a desire to learn and grow.  
  • You have a positive, can-do attitude, even-keel, and drama free.  
  • You are looking for a position to grow into and set your roots.  
  • You want to be part of a great team, who considers you family.


Your Education/ Experience/ Knowledge:

  • Previous experience working with the special needs’ population, including those that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, OR working with children of all ages and abilities.   
  • Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or additional education other than Dogwood Diploma or 3 + years of experience.   
  • Worked in a multi-disciplinary place or clinic (an asset)    
  • Have a governing body (BCAK) and hold insurance (an asset).  


Employment includes statutory holidays, vacation pay, benefits (after 6 months) and more! Wildewood Health
also provides weekly education seminars and continuing education credits.

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to admin@wildewoodhealth.com.

Application is open until the right candidate is hired. Individuals will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

Current Job Openings

we are hiring!

Kinesiologist

we are hiring!

Job Description 

We are looking for a kinesiologist to join our team to work with many different populations. Their role could include both mobile and clinic shifts. They will be expected to work with chronic pain clients, pre- and post-surgical clients, life performance, sport performance and more!   


Qualities / Values we are looking for:

  • Passionate about kinesiology.   
  • Able to work independently but also in a team environment.  
  • Strong communication skills with your team and clients.  
  • Creative to ensure programs and enjoyable AND effective.  
  • You have a desire to learn and grow.  
  • You have a positive, can-do attitude, even-keel, and drama free.  
  • You are looking for a position to grow into and set your roots.  
  • You want to be part of a great team, who considers you family.


Your Education/ Experience/ Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or something similar.   
  • In Good Standing BCAK + 5 million liability insurance  
  • Strength and Conditioning certification (an asset).  
  • Masters in Kinesiology/ physiology/ rehabilitation (an asset). 


Employment includes statutory holidays, vacation pay, benefits (after 6 months) and more! Wildewood Health
also provides weekly education seminars and continuing education credits.

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to admin@wildewoodhealth.com.

Application is open until the right candidate is hired. Individuals will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

Athletic Therapist

we are hiring!

Job Description 

We are looking for an athletic therapist to join our team to work with many different populations. This position would start July 1st, 2023 and look like a combination of clinic and field placement work.


Qualities / Values we are looking for:

  • Passionate about activity and movement.
  • Can work in a team environment but independently as well.
  • You have a desire to learn and grow.
  • You have a positive, can do attitude, even-keel and drama free.
  • You are looking for a position to grow into and set your roots.
  • Strong communication skills with your team and clients.
  • You want to be part of a great team, who considers you family.


Your Education/ Experience/ Knowledge:

  • Candidate must be registered with ATABC and CATA with maintained status.
  • Candidate must have at least 5 million general liability.
  • Other certifications an asset!

 

Employment includes statutory holidays, vacation pay, benefits (after 6 months) and more! Wildewood Health
also provides weekly education seminars and continuing education credits.

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter to admin@wildewoodhealth.com.

Application is open until the right candidate is hired. Individuals will be interviewed on a rolling basis.

Travis

Office Manager & Kinesiologist

Travis Michelson is a Kinesiologist who moved from Sunny, South Africa, to the small Island town of Nanaimo, BC. He grew up playing every sport under the sun and being involved in any activity that kept him moving. This passion for moving and being involved in an active lifestyle led him to pursue a career where he can use this love. He completed his studies in 2010 at the University of Johannesburg and has since worked with various individuals to help them enjoy life to the fullest using exercise as a modality. The body was designed to move, and Travis is a big believer in using exercise as a form of medicine to help people achieve their various goals. Your body can become very resilient if stimulated correctly, and you can often achieve much more than you thought by giving your body the correct “medicine.”

Travis has helped various individuals reach their personal goals, such as completing their first triathlon, running their first half marathon, or being able to play with their grandchildren pain-free.

Travis enjoys trail running, swimming, and any sport involving a ball. You might see him running up and down Mount Benson in the snow during the winter or paddling around Neck Point or Westwood Lake with his lovely wife and two beautiful kids in the summer months.

Lauren

Kinesiologist

Lauren graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2023.  Throughout their time as a student, Lauren had the opportunity to work in a variety of multi-sport coaching roles with youth in Nanaimo, most notably coaching female hockey for many years with Nanaimo Minor Hockey Association.

Growing up in Nanaimo, Lauren played any sport that was available and came to high school, they narrowed their focus to hockey and softball. Having led an active lifestyle growing up, Lauren values the importance of fundamental movement skills and fitness and believes that physical literacy is freedom that every person of every ability deserves. Having also had personal experience with sports injuries, they’ve seen firsthand how effective active rehab is to get people back to doing what they love. Lauren is excited to offer exercise as a tool help treat pain and improve performance whether it be for sports or everyday life for all ages.

Today Lauren stays active by training for Olympic weightlifting, playing hockey, and joining in the occasional game of dodgeball. With a competitive spirit and a love for challenge, Lauren is always looking for new sports to play or a new physical challenge to take on.

Jenna

Athletic Therapist & Kinesiologist

Jenna graduated from the Bachelors of Athletic and Exercise Therapy program at Camosun College in 2022. Throughout her time as a student, she had the opportunity to work in a multitude of sports at Shawnigan Lake School. In addition, she worked with high-performance athletes at Rugby Canada, which was an incredible experience and personal goal of hers.

Using exercise as a tool for injury, pain, and lifestyle changes, Jenna is keen to work with all populations. She is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, which is applicable to all the athletes she works with. Jenna has always led a healthy, active lifestyle and knows the importance of this is for people’s happiness, livelihoods, and overall wellness. When working with her clients, she wants to ensure that their bodies don’t stand in the way of doing what they love, whether that be injury prevention, pain management, lifting and so much more.

In her spare time, you can catch Jenna playing for the Cowichan Piggies on the rugby pitch, or with those same teammates attempting to play with a pig skin in flag football. She loves living on this beautiful island, and she is always looking for more suggestions on where to go hiking or paddling.

Katy

Kinesiologist

Katy Wright is a registered kinesiologist living in Nanaimo, BC. She received her Bachelors of Kinesiology at Vancouver Island University in 2020. Katy has lived in Nanaimo for 14 years and is passionate about making a positive difference in her community.

In her youth, Katy enjoyed participating in a variety of sports and athletics. She played on organized sports teams including basketball, volleyball, and softball, and also enjoyed creative activities like dance lessons. Growing up on the island, Katy favored seasonal activities like snowboarding in the winter and kayaking in the summer. Currently, Katy stays active by going to the gym and spending time in the beautiful outdoors of BC.

During her undergrad, Katy had the opportunity to learn about the various fundamental movement skills associated with different activities and sports. She is committed to advocating for inclusive play and adaptive activities for atypical children. She understands the importance of developing lifelong habits like physical activity, nutrition, and mental well-being. Katy has always had the right enthusiasm and energy to work with young children and enjoys getting creative. She is never shy to sing, dance, or get silly! Her interest in human anatomy and fundamental movement skills was what inspired her to pursue kinesiology as a profession.

In her spare time, Katy enjoys practicing her guitar, singing, and dancing. She loves to spend time having fun with her family and friends. Katy has been a vegetarian for the last 7 years and is passionate about sustainable eating practices. She has a little black tabby cat named Lucy who loves to cuddle and play.

Jalin

Athletic Therapist

Jalin Couper is a registered Athletic Therapist here in Nanaimo, British Columbia. She received her Bachelor of Athletic and Exercise Therapy at Camosun College in 2017. Prior to that, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University in 2014. Her passion is getting everyone back to doing what they love from gardening to rec soccer to national competitions.

Her passion for athletics started at an early age, playing a variety of sports. It was a rare night that she was not at some sporting event or another. To this day not much has changed, now instead of wearing a jersey she is there providing medical care for athletes of all skill levels, keeping them on the field of play. Her eagerness to help people return to sport/activity came from dealing with her own injuries which fueled her desire to learn more about the human body along with the best ways to rehabilitate post-injury.

Over the past 10 years, Jalin has been working with a variety of athletes from all skill levels and ages. She works with teams like VI Raiders Football to Sr. B Men’s Timbermen Lacrosse to Rugby Canada’s Youth and Senior National teams.

Jalin’s treatment plans are very hands-on and personalized to the specific needs of the client. She will be with you every step of the way from injury through clinical rehabilitation back to a full return to play or activity, till you have reached your goals.

When not in the clinic you can find Jalin lacing up the skates at the rink or exploring the forests with her pup Nikko.

Lucas

Athletic Therapist & Kinesiologist

Lucas is a graduate from the Athletic and Exercise Therapy (BAET) program at Camosun College in Victoria B.C. Lucas has experience working with a range of athletes, from the weekend warrior up to national level rugby players. You will find Lucas using his knowledge of rehabilitation through a range of manual treatment and exercise therapy.

Lucas grew up snowboarding and playing competitive lacrosse, through which his love of sport and physical activity, as well as personal experience with multiple injuries led him to pursue  Athletic Therapy. Lucas saw the value of exercise therapy first hand and wants to help everybody get back to their full potential, on or off the field.

Lucas has worked as a Student Athletic Therapist with the Jr Shamrocks Lacrosse team on their way to a runner up finish at the Minto Cup, Canadas Jr National Championships. Following that season, joined Rugby Canada in their preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

Lucas works in a goal-oriented style helping you get back to sport or just every day life as quickly and safely as possible. Whatever the end goal, he is there to help along the way.

If he isn’t at the clinic you can most likely find him mountain biking with his dog Kai up in the hills surrounding Nanaimo.

Krista

Kinesiologist

Krista Whittaker is a registered Kinesiologist located on beautiful Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, BC. She received her Bachelor of Kinesiology at UBC, completing in 2016. Krista takes pride in working with many different populations.

As an athlete herself, Krista has always had a fascination for the study of human movement and a great understanding of the human body. Krista has been able to take her passion and mold it into the career that best suits her, an industry-leading kinesiologist. Putting people and relationships first, Krista builds on this to ensure positive and effective intervention.

Krista has gained over 10 years of experience working with children who have learning disabilities. She has volunteered at many different agencies including Soccer Dogs, Special Olympics, Active Start and Claro life. All of these programs have given Krista indescribable experience working with children  and a keen, unique perspective on intervention. Krista is able to build positive relationships with the kids she works with, leading to greater intervention and development. Krista leads with child-centered care, always putting the child first.

Krista is always wanting to learn more and has a constant drive for continuing education. Having her experience and knowledge, Krista has an innate ability to break down movements, apply evidence- based practice and correct movements in fun and creative ways.  She is able to restore dysfunction and/or painful movement patterns. This assists her in all the populations she works with.

When Krista is not practicing, you’ll find her reading, studying and continuing to build on her passions. Krista also likes to explore the great outdoors and does lots of camping, fishing, snowboarding and hiking. When Krista does have a spare second, she often finds herself baking in the kitchen, her specialty being chocolate, peanut butter cupcake.

Certifications

  1. BKIN – UBC (May 2016)
  2. Advanced Exercise Prescription (September 2017)
  3. Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation ( November 2018)
  4. Behaviour Interventionist (May 2019)
  5. Functional Movement Specialist (May 2020)
  6. Soft Tissue Release Certification (November 2020)
  7. Masters of Science in Kinesiology (ongoing)
  8. Strength and Conditioning certification (ongoing)


Wildewood Health
 = When I first started my health care journey, I wanted to practice in senior health and increase independent living. This passion stemmed from my realizing how lucky I was to have all my grandparents alive and well for my childhood. I was even luckier to have two strong, intelligent, whole-hearted grandmas by my side. This is where the name comes from, Wilde being my grannies maiden name and wood being my grandmas. Having their strength, wit and love fuelling me everyday.