Daehan Kim
Our Philosophy
Daehan Kim
1min read

Our Philosophy

We believe in LISTENING, UNDERSTANDING, ASSESSING, and ADAPTING to YOUR NEEDS, GOALS, and ENVIRONMENT. Injuries, diseases, and pain are often huge barriers to a fulfilling life. However, they do not define you. We believe in helping you efficiently take control of the way they affect your life.

Our goal is to help you accelerate your recovery, enjoy the process of recovery, and transform that experience into a strategy for staying in your best shape. To achieve this goal, we 1) provide customized movement training that facilitates optimal condition for your recovery, 2) share knowledge and resources that help you enhance your understanding of your body system, 3) establish strategies to adapt your training according to your unique environment, and 4) connect you with the right practitioners when necessary, so that you can manage your integrative health and well-being. At Embodied Dynamics, your rehabilitation leads into long-term health and well-being.

Movement Assessment: A Key Element for "Exercise as Medicine"
Daehan Kim
5mins read

Movement Assessment: A Key Element for "Exercise as Medicine"

It is very exciting to see that more and more people believe “Exercise is Medicine”. As increasing number of people witness clinical impact of exercise, terms like "active rehabilitation" or "medical exercise" are becoming popular. Along with this trend, we now see that many fitness professionals try to integrate "active rehabilitation" or "medical exercise training" into their services. As there is an increasing number of options to choose from, it is becoming more challenging to select the right professional who can best serve your specific needs.


What sets the clinical exercise specialists apart from general fitness trainers? We have been helping people with injuries and pain improve their function and symptoms through exercise and active rehabilitation for more than 10 years. Many of them presented with complex issues that continuously challenged us to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to exercise intervention. This experience continuously taught us that the determining factor that leads to a long-term result is assessment. More in detail, the practitioner’s ability to not only assess movement in a systemized way but also to translate that into effective customization of exercises and timely collaboration with other clinicians is a critical factor. For this reason, your journey at Embodied Dynamics starts with movement assessment.

⭐️ We have two different streams of assessment to appropriately serve the people with different needs. ⭐️


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briefly shows the difference between the two streams and different end results.



The investigation stream is a detailed assessment and is designed to

serve people who are dealing with pain or injuries. The goal of the

investigation stream is to investigate various contributors to the decreased

function, which leads to precise action plans.


The prescription stream aims to help people who need simpler assessments.

The goal of this assessment is to provide the clients with modified versions of

the commonly used strength training movements that accommodate the client’s

current postural habit. In addition, it also leads to a design of corrective

exercises to improve their postural habits.


In both of the streams, we use not only physical assessment but also

musculoskeletal screening questionnaires and assessments so that we don’t miss

anything that may require medical attention.


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picture shows how the investigation stream fits into the clinical collaboration

model. Using this assessment, we identify what issues can be addressed by

exercise intervention and what issues need additional attention from other

allied health care practitioners(e.g., physios, chiros, osteopaths, massage

therapists) or a medical doctor.


* NWB: Non-Weight Bearing, WB: Weight Bearing, ROM: Range of Motion


For example, if you can’t fully elevate your arms above the head in a

standing position but can do that when lying on your back, it is reasonable to say

that motor control strategy or strength deficit related to the movement of the

shoulder in an upright position majorly contributes to the limited mobility. If

both the passive and active range of motion are limited, we assess the motion,

extensibility, and stability of the individual components that make up the

global movement. In case of arm elevation, these components include thoracic

spine, ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder, shoulder blade, and dynamic positioning

among ribcage, pelvis, and shoulder blade. If we identify restricted motion in

one of these components, we apply a gentle soft tissue release technique while

gently facilitating activation of specific muscle groups. If such a technique

immediately improves mobility without additional pain, exercises to improve

muscular balance are warranted. If this method does not improve or only partially

improve the motion, further assessment and/or manual therapy by other

clinicians will be beneficial. It may also need attention from a medical doctor

especially if it involves pain. Pain that is unrelated to movement quality may

also need further medical investigation to find out if it is related to any

systematic condition or psychosocial issues. Using such an algorithm, we can

clearly communicate why we refer our clients out when we connect them with

other clinicians.


This system is not unique to us. We have learned and tested many systems

out there for the past 10 years while collaborating with other clinicians.

Those systems are combined, filtered, and evolved into our current system as we

continuously scrutinize them based on what brings the long-term result for our

clients. And this system is still continuously evolving so that you can enjoy

the maximum benefit of the “exercise as medicine” you deserve! :)


Feel free to check out what others say about the results they got by working with us: https://www.embodieddynamics.net/testimonials

And don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to learn more how we can help you or would like to collaborate with us: https://www.embodieddynamics.net/contact

$100 - 200 /hr

111B and, C, 4501 North Rd, Burnaby, BC V3N 4R7, Canada

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  • Between 9- 5pm