Arm Exerciser

Arm exerciser enables you to make your own shoulder helper for only 5 dollars.


Enabling your patients to exercise at home, after frozen shoulder treatments for example has never been easier. Make this gadget for them for only 5 dollars, or let them make it themselves; it's simple.

After successful chiropractic treatment of a rotator cuff injury it is vital to go through a series of exercises to strengthen and generally rehab the strained muscle. Fail to go through this rehabilitation and the chances are high that the pain will return again the next time you play tennis, use a heavy drill, paint the ceiling, or something that you don't do regularly. 

In our clinic we used to start with a series of simple isometric exercises, followed a couple weeks later with this commercially available arm exerciser. It retails for around 15 dollars.



ROTATOR CUFF SYNDROME



The only problem is that it's made with a cheap and nasty pulley which gets red hot when you are arm exercising. Then the nylon rope starts to fray....

There's a simple solution: make your own. You will need

  1. Two metres of nylon rope
  2. A moderately good pulley
  3. Two pieces of broomstick, each roughly 14cm long
  4. A short piece of cord

Maximum cost is five dollars.



  • Using a hand held saw, or machine tool, cut two lengths of wood about 14cm long. Using a drill press, make a hole in the centre just large enough to take your nylon cord.
  • Thread the cord through the first handle, over the pulley, and through the other handle. Make small knots on the ends.
  • Thread your other piece of cord through the hook on the pulley, about 6 inches long. Knot the end.

Arm Exerciser

Arm exerciser is really very easy to make to help recover from injury.


Done! What could be easier than making a shoulder exerciser? Now go to rotator cuff strengthening for more info on how to use it. I'll try and summons the energy to put a video onto YouTube.

Meantime, hook the short length of cord in the door jam, about the height of the handle with the knot on the far side of the door. It can also be placed at the top of the door to change the angle of attack. Apply the appropriate exercises according to the injury and desired effect.

Tennis elbow exercises are difficult to describe, and I need to take some photographs, and perhaps do another YouTube film.

Meantime, stretch the arm out straight in front of you, flex the wrist and fingers. Now grasp the middle finger of your naughty arm, with the other hand and stretch pull that middle finger towards you. Not out of the socket! In a bad case of tennis elbow you'll feel a painful stretch reaching up towards the elbow.


Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder every chiropractor knows is a tough condition, but with judicious use of the arm exerciser, plus every known trick that the DC has in his tool box, the pain is usually halved within a month or two; full range of motion may take a year to return.


Carpal tunnel exercises

I must confess I don't have a great deal of faith in these carpal tunnel exercises, but they are reputed to help, and in a difficult case anything that helps, even it's just 5%, we'll gratefully accept! CARPAL TUNNEL EXERCISES ...

CTS is a pinched Median nerve, usually in two places. In the inter scalene triangle perhaps, or in the forearm between the two bellies of the Pronator Teres muscle in the forearm and / or in the carpal tunnel.

Remember, CTS never causes tingling in the pinkie.




Careful... Underlying many cases of arm pain is a slipped disc in neck and injudicious cervical manipulation can certainly increase the bulge. In every case where there is pain in the arm, and slipped disc arm pain must be ruled out, I like to do both the Upper Limb Tension Test, and Adson's Test, though I do the latter in a modified way to make it more specific.



Adson's test

Personally, I find that Adson's Test done in the classical manner is positive in many normal patients. False positives. However, it is the most useful test to confirm a suspected Thoracic Outlet Syndrome that may be causing pain and tingling in the arms and hands ...



Computer Ergonomics and arm pain

Repetitive Strain Injury, Mouse Arm, pain and tingling in arms and hands is often simply the rest of a poor computer setup. Before any form of invasive or expensive treatment, it's always worth giving computer ergonomics and arm pain a thought.



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It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.

In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.

Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?

The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.


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