"I first came to Orca wellness in 2019. I had a real bad case of back spasm. I couldn't walk properly and even coughing and sneezing was intensely painful. I was diagnosed with herniated L4 & L5 long time ago and I was used to having consistent low back pain. All the PTs/Chiro I had met before Dr. Tello would just make me go through basic exercises with no end goal or progression. The way other providers talked to me made me scared to do any physical activity, which resulted in decline in my overall physical activity, which in turn resulted in weaker core strength and then BAMMM it all concluded with a severe back spasm.
I am a 4.0 tennis player now and play almost twice a week. I snowboard (started in 2020) during winters and enjoy back country backpacking in summers. Oh and I work out 3 times week which includes rehab work, strength training and Plyometrics workouts
Mental side - first thing Dr.Tello told me is his goal would be to make me fit to do activities I love and get me out of his office in less than X weeks. This was refreshing to hear and gave me ton of confidence.
Body work and Rehab - Dr Tello incorporated chiro techniques, sport massage as well as rehab techniques in our sessions to which my body responded very well. I had not seen anyone bring these 3 things together in one place
Strength training - We didnt stop at rehab. Once I was safely out of spasm, we started with dynamic movements and deadlifts and squats to make my brain remember the new good patterns of movement. This transferred well to all the activities I had been wanting to do.
Since then, I have used Orca wellness for injury prevention and general wellbeing. I couldn't recommend Dr Tello and Orca Wellness enough." Ankur M.
"Being active has been an integral part of my life. My interests include calisthenics, gymnastics, rock climbing and sprinting. While these activities give me unparalleled joy, it does take a toll on the body. I had to get adjustments every other week in order to stay pain-free. I sought help from Dr. Raul to come up with a plan to strengthen different muscle groups in order to reduce the imbalance and reduce the need to get adjustments frequently.
After seeking help from Dr. Raul, I've been able to be at the top of my fitness. I'm able to do muscle-ups, handstands, sprint faster; the list is endless. The stretches helped me strengthen my hip flexors and core. The need to seek frequent adjustments has reduced.
Orca has helped me with my overall fitness and being able to unlock difficult gymnastics skills. Orca helped me tremendously when I went through a troubled tendon in my arm. I went from not being able to lift my arm to doing 10 consecutive muscle-ups. Thank you Dr. Raul for everything." Nahush G.
Orca Stars are patients who have reached remarkable progress in their goals through collaboration with our providers and who demonstrate commitment to improvement through their efforts in the office and at home. Congratulations, to all our Orca Stars! You rock!