Proper coordination between different parts of the body is required to maintain normal shoulder function.¬† As mentioned in previous articles, the lower body, trunk, shoulder and arm muscles function together.¬† These body segments are links in a chain.¬† If one link is not functioning properly, the entire kinetic chain suffers.¬† The kinetic chain approach to shoulder rehabilitation is based on control of the shoulder blade and coordinated stabilization of the trunk.¬† The Bodyblade is a rehabilitation tool that can be used to train these links of the kinetic chain to function in a coordinated fashion.
Strong shoulder muscles, such as the trapezius, serratus anterior, and rotator cuff provide a base of support to stabilize the scapula and optimize arm function.¬† Also, normal movement patterns of the upper body require lower body and trunk muscle activation before upper extremity movement occurs.¬† The Bodyblade is an oscillatory device which requires co-activation of these body segments.¬† The Bodyblade trains muscular strength, endurance, and coordination through the co-contraction of several important muscle groups.
Shoulder rehabilitation programs using the Bodyblade can take on different forms.¬† Different exercises can target different links in the chain such as the glutes, core, scapular muscles, or rotator cuff.¬† The three exercises included in this article are a few examples which can be used for patients recovering from a shoulder injury. ¬†¬†These exercises are typically performed for a period of time (i.e., 30 seconds) or repetitions (6-10 repetitions) using multiple sets (i.e., 2-4 sets).¬† Your physical therapist can help you design a program which is best for you.
Shoulder rehabilitation has become more of a total body rehabilitation approach versus focusing solely on the shoulder.¬† ¬†The Bodyblade is a device that facilitates the co-contraction of muscles in the shoulder and throughout the body.¬† This is characteristic of how the body functions in everyday life and sports.¬† For people experiencing shoulder pain, the Bodyblade can be an effective adjunct to other foundational shoulder strengthening exercises.