We received the following email from Chris Sellards, a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist.
Chris has been using the Rotater for several weeks and documenting his results. Here is that data:
Client suffers from tightness in his Infraspinatus, pain in his Supraspinatus, weakness with external rotation, and winged scapula. Goniometric measurements prior to Corrective exercise showed 120 degrees. He complains about pain in shoulders and a feeling his shoulder needs to “pop” when working out. He is unable to do any overhead work – shoulder press/lat pulldowns.
I worked with him using basic NASM CEx principles for 6 weeks and moved him into Stabilization training. This is where we stalled and couldn’t seem to obtain the range of motion and stability in the shoulder needed to move into strength training.
After 8 weeks of stabilization with little progress, I was about to refer him to a specialist. This is when I came across the Rotater.
Implementing the Rotater
I used the Rotater with him for 3 weeks using the following routine: Foam roll lats, tennis ball on pec minor and posterior capsule, ball lat stretches, 90/90 stretches, and using the Rotater in all positions for a one minute stretch in each position. CEx exercises included tea cups, external rotation, face pulls, ball combo I and II, Cobras, scapular pushups, and scapular protraction/retraction.
|Typical Workout||Circuit One||Circuit Two|
|Foam roll Lats, rhomboids/traps||Stability ball bench press||Bosu ball pushups|
|Tennis ball on pec minor and posterior capsule||Cobras||Standing rows|
|Static stretch lats and pecs||Ball Squats||Multi-planar lunges|
|Rotater in all 4 positions for a 1 minute stretch in each position||Rotater stretches on the affected shoulder. Hold stretch for 5 seconds, release and repeat for 3 sets. Perform in all 4 positions||Single leg Medicine ball PNF with rotation|
|Tea cups and/or external rotation||Rotater stretches on the affected shoulder. Hold stretch for 5 seconds, release and repeat for 3 sets. Perform in all 4 positions.|
|Foam roll Lats, rhomboids/traps|
|Tennis ball on pec minor and posterior capsule|
|Static stretch lats and pecs|
|Rotater in all 4 positions for a 1 minute stretch|
Using this method for 3 weeks, client increased range of motion to 173 degrees, exhibits stability in external rotation, and is ready for strength training.
I am absolutely amazed with the effectiveness of the Rotater. My client no longer has pain or discomfort in his shoulder, is performing shoulder presses, lat pulldowns, and will NOT require seeing a specialist. The Rotater is the best thing since the foam roll.
Chris Sellards, NASM CPT, CES, PES
Disclosure: Chris was provided with a Rotater at no charge. His testimonial was voluntary and not required.