SHOULDER PULLEY BENEFITS
Shoulder Pulley: This is a good way to get movement going in that problematic arm and shoulder. This therapeutic movement will help increase strength and stretch muscles and tissue. It will also increase blood flow in the arm, which can make your arm hurt less.
Why Buy Shoulder Pulley?
If you have shoulder pain or have had shoulder surgery such as a rotator cuff repair, you may be having difficulty using your arm for basic functional tasks like brushing your hair or putting on a belt. Your shoulder pain may also disturb your normal sleep pattern.
Shoulder pain is a common problem for which your doctor may refer you to physical therapy.
Goals of Physical Therapy
Common goals of physical therapy for shoulder pain include, but are not limited to:
- Decrease pain in the shoulder and arm
- Improve shoulder strength
- Improve range of motion (ROM)
- Maintain proper posture
- Regain normal function of your arm
Shoulder Pulleys to Improve ROM
Over-the-door shoulder pulleys are another option you may use to help improve ROM. These pulleys can help you stretch your shoulder in various directions to improve mobility—and ultimately the function—of your shoulder.
The shoulder pulley is an apparatus that’s hooked over the top of a door, with a small pulley system near the top, and a rope with handles that hangs down from the pulley.
You can use the pulleys to perform various shoulder exercises to help improve ROM in different directions in your shoulder. Your physical therapist can instruct you in proper techniques to use the pulleys, so be sure to follow his instructions closely: aggressive ROM exercises too soon after surgery can injure your shoulder and delay healing. If you have questions about whether shoulder ROM exercises are safe for you, consult your doctor and physical therapist.
If your physical therapist feels that you’d benefit from home-use of shoulder pulleys, you may wish to purchase a set. They’re available at many sporting goods stores. If you wish, you can also easily make your own shoulder pulley set with some simple items from your local hardware or home improvement store.
Shoulder pain can limit your ability to use your arm normally and can prevent you from working or participating in recreational activity. Improving your shoulder ROM may be a necessary component of your shoulder rehabilitation.
Using over-the-door shoulder pulleys may be just the thing to get your shoulder moving and feeling normal again.