I got outside the paddler's box on a hard brace last summer and tweaked the shoulder. Rode it out the rest of the season anyway and gave it a break for the last few months. It was doing great until i got back into the pool again...it hurts like hell, and is even worse when I wake up in the mornings.
So I did some research the other night and stumbled across this article:
Shoulder Pain Talk: Shoulder pain can kill you, seriously read this
which looks like a plug BY the guy who created this Rotatoreliever thing to attract kayakers... maybe a marketing stunt, maybe just a re-post from a customer, I dunno.
Anyway, has anyone tried this?
The whole thing... the daily exercise gizmo, and the thing you wear while you sleep is $175 after shipping.
I went to goodwill today and bought a decent jumprope with bearings in the grip for $1.99. Then went to ace hardware and bought the rest of the shiny stuff in this picture for about $6.
I used an eye-bolt, some washers and a wingnut so that I can change-out the different nuts for additional or less weight etc..
So for $8 i've got a pretty similar device.
Here is the "legit one":
Here is my DIY version:
The problem is that I don't know how much the weights in the real-thing weigh...they're just numbered balls in order of when you use them, but the websites and forums seem pretty tight-lipped about the weight... probably because of DIY folks like me.
Anyway, I guess my questions are this:
a) Has anyone done this?
i. if so, does it work?
ii. also, how much do those balls weigh? (giggle if you must)
b) any doctors out there who have anything to say about the probability of this doing what it says it will do?
I tried it out today with just the washers and no nuts on there, I could definitely feel it doing something on both shoulders... even getting a good burn on my "good" one, but I can't be sure it's actually doing what it says it's supposed to be doing.
Next time I go to Goodwill I am going to keep an eye out for wrist-weight straps etc and try to build the sleep-traction bit.
Anyway, my gut instinct is that this is a somewhat gimmicky way to do basic RC rehab exercises... but an article got published in some athletic journal, so it must be a little bit legit right?
Sorry for the long post... thoughts?