Hi, I’m Corey Walden, owner and practitioner of Thrive: Integrated Rehabilitation And Wellness.

I was never a first string athlete. I never had a six pack. I was never actually all that healthy. I’d suffered terrible insomnia for fourteen years on top of what could be at times debilitating chronic fatigue even when I did sleep well for a period. I spent three years where my digestive system was in severe pain and made me painfully sick at least five to six days a week. Even as a kid I was overweight. I had chronic back pain and numerous injuries that are mostly seen in the older population. As I ventured from high school into adulthood my mobility and metabolism declined together. Pre-diabetes, pre-hypertension, back pain, hip pain, the list just goes on. I have spent most of my life being anything but a picture of health. What’s unfortunate for me is fortunate for my clients and patients, as I have been there. Injury, simple discomfort, pain and physical misery on a daily basis, more serious conditions, as well as the highs and lows of going through the medical industry as a patient. I know how to live with these conditions, but I now also know how to get out of them.

Ironically, my own health difficulties are not what got me into the medical world as a practitioner. I have always been a born analyst; I’m profoundly interested in learning how something works, fixing what’s wrong, and then making it even better than before. I started on this track working in marketing, and other than the fact that it’s like building a sand castle as the waves are washing over you, I always disliked the inherent misleading if not dishonest nature to the whole industry, and am 100% against being even remotely ‘salesy’. Telling someone; “I have the solution to that problem, so let me know if you want me to take care of it for you,” isn’t really the most successful sales approach. Following my own personal passion for health, movement and physiology ended up bringing this all together for me.

An inexhaustible curiosity and desire to perfect whatever it is I’m doing, with the freedom to operate how I see best in private practice has led to my business being made by referrals of people who know that I can fix problems and do so extremely well. This lets me take that laid back non-sales based approach and address my clients and patients concerns in the most effective way possible without the pressure of a sales manager over me. The combination of love for what I do giving me drive and keeping me interested, my own personality’s strength as an analyst and perfectionist helping me figure out my patients and clients obstacles and formulating the best solution, mixed with the freedom to go about it the right way has kept me and my patients and clients very happy.

I started in the health industry offering personal training, simply thinking I would help peoples health, and my own, by getting them moving and exercising. This was truly transformative, moving into natural and functional movement to offer even more to the people I worked with, and I quickly found that there is a huge gap in patient care in our culture. Not only are we stuck chained to a desk or other chair for almost the whole day and find ourselves almost entirely without movement, when injury does strike and someone is even lucky enough to even go through physical therapy, it is almost always very brief in duration and very limited in what they can work on (typically the symptom and not the reason it happened). Personal trainers are rarely trained very thoroughly, but even when they do there is a big gap between fitness/exercise/movement education and physical therapy. There are few practitioners who are trained well enough to bridge that gap, and who also have the freedom to work on what needs to be worked on. I threw myself directly into this gap, using a range of movement therapy skills which have worked wonders for things as simple as poor mobility and back pain to complex neurological conditions.

The movement side of my practice was really only be the beginning, and while I’ve continued building those skills by themselves I have been constantly adding, evolving and integrating my skill set. When a mentor introduced me to Neurokinetic Therapy, I fell down a rabbit hole I’d never be able (nor want to!) pull myself out from. Even in the beginning the results I got for my patients were better than any physical therapist I had known, and now almost all of my potential competitors for results are colleagues with similar skill sets hundreds of miles away. After that first step into NKT I threw myself into more advanced physiology research, especially focused on functional neurology and the real controlling mechanisms of our pain and dysfunction, a clinical program in manual therapy at the University of Western States, and any other complimentary skill set I could get into my brain. For most, someone’s professional life story is almost certainly a bore, especially if it’s not in their line of work, but for me this has been a dream come true and a roller-coaster. I get lost in research when I’m not working with my patients, and when I am, I’m simply having fun. The work and the results are rewarding, especially as unfortunately so much of the fitness and rehab world are based on false premises which can be pointed out with a few sentences showing the errors and inconsistencies, let alone the disparity of results in what I can get compared to other trainers, chiropractors and physical therapists in the given fields. This is work that is needed, especially in this combination of skills instead of seeing separate practitioners who rarely integrate or collaborate effectively, if at all.

These days I work with a range of clients and patients, from simple fitness and general health, to sports performance, to returning someones independence and getting rid of pain, as well as acutely clinical conditions like car crash victims, people living with fibromyalgia,cerebral palsy, or are staring down the barrel of major surgery. In the end, I’m very good at what I do, and don’t know anyone closer than Seattle who can compete with the results I offer. Right now I am reorganizing how I conduct movement therapy, involving more neurological techniques, as well as some cranial manipulation work.

Outside of the office, me and my wife are avid hikers and backpackers, spending every Saturday at minimum on the trail (hence not being open on Saturdays and many Sundays!), and we are planning on doing the entirety of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019 (2660 miles from Mexico to Canada). I am also an aspiring photographer.

Credentials And Experience

  • Bachelors of Science from Portland State University.
  • Certificate in personal training from The National Personal Training Institute of Portland.
  • Certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
  • Certified Neurokinetic Therapy practitioner.
  • Neurokinetic Therapy assistant instructor.
  • Certificate in massage therapy from The University of Western States clinical massage therapy program.
  • Massage therapy and chiropractic assistant intern Health Centers of UWS 2015-16.
  • Massage therapy intern Compass Oncology 2016
  • Massage therapy intern Warner Pacific athletics program 2016
  • Oregon Licensed Massage Therapist: #22299.
  • University of Western States guest lecturer in rehabilitation topics.
  • Certified Rock Tape Fascial Movement (1&2) Taping practitioner.
  • Integrated cranial therapy training with Jordan Shane Terry.
  • I currently contract at Skyline Integrative Medicine, focusing primarily on acute injury care.
  • I currently contract at Matthew House, a constant care facility for the medically fragile.
  • My focus of research is in a range of functional neurology skills and the pure research behind it, including manual, movement, and more pure neurological applications. I also study a range of pure manual and movement therapy/exercise topics.