Rotator cuff post-op REHAB! AMAZING

rotator cuff

ONLY 12 x 15 minute rotator cuff rehab sessions and she achieved this???? WOW

Client SHOULDER REHAB Journey: Lynné de Jager (Mrs South-Africa 2012)

Client assessment: She had a ROTATOR CUFF REPAIR OPERATION.

After 3 WEEKS of post-op exercises, she saw VERY LITTLE improvement. Due to this, she contacted me to see if I could assist her because her frustration levels were high!

We had decided to document the improvement throughout her journey and she took a VIDEO of her 1st DAY and then again AFTER her 12th SESSION. Prior to our sessions, Lynne had been seeing a rehabilitation professional who was assisting her with regaining mobility of her shoulder joint. However, her improvement was minimal.

So what was the problem that she was facing?

  1. She was given exercises to do at home 3 times a day. (Really? She can’t even do them properly in front of me)
  2. She was given generic movements as seen on many ‘home’ programs that you can download almost anywhere.
  3. She was given movements that were too difficult and therefore she would need to compensate in order to achieve mobility.
  4. There was no creative element to the movements and therefore she was creating new compensations which will lead to the same injury should she persist in doing the home exercises.

When I saw the movements that were expected of her, I decided to ‘can’ all of her home exercises. They were doing her no good. So what did we do? Lynne was willing to take the risk as well as a leap of faith in me and what I love and what I know will be good for her!

  1. I designed movements that were very low load and maybe even assisted through gravity, specifically for her.
  2. I watched her every move and gave her assisted shoulder blade stability throughout each session she did with me
  3. I did very unique exercises with a strong mobility element
  4. I used very specific cues that would lead her to a path of shoulder stability and understanding what that means
  5. And most importantly…….I did not give her anything to do at home!

Why on earth would I do that if I know for a fact that she cannot do it properly without my support and assistance?

Client Specific programme:
We FOCUSED on CREATING MOBILITY WITHOUT PAIN through the use of creative client-specific
design. Throughout this, CAREFUL FOCUS was placed on ASSISTED STABILITY and EMPHASIS on SERRATUS anterior. Both open-chain and closed-chain exercises were performed but in very specific positions in order to keep the movement as safe as possible. The results after her 12 x 15-minute sessions are absolutely remarkable.

Equipment used:

  • 65cm ball
  • Plinth or Cadillac
  • Foam roller
  • Pole
  • Half lumbar roll
  • Half foam roller

Note: No theraband :O

She performed the following exercises:

  • Prone with the use of gravity.
  • Sitting with assisted shoulder flexion and emphasis on the serratus anterior.
  • Supine with assisted scapula stability and careful analysis of any compensations.
  • Standing for shoulder mobility with a static pole.

Soon we will be revealing a short clip of what was done but I really feel strongly about bringing this information to as many people as possible and therefore we are going to bring this work to the UK, USA and Canada. See it as it happens and learn it first-hand.

We know we all need it!

Thinking outside box🌟

Post Update March 2024: For another quick Rotator cuff exercise over the big ball: WATCH NOW on our Incredible Education Hub

It’s amazing how knowledge can help you with the simplest of things. I wish you health and happiness!

That is the HEALTHY TRUTH!


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