Healing a rotator cuff injury – Paul´s testimonial

A few months ago Paul contacted me, worried about his rotator injury. Not everyone hires me to lose weight. Today we can say that he is fully recovered. He is not a blogger, but I have asked him to describe his experience to share it with you. Here it is.

“To share my experience is not a compromise, it is a pleasure.

I started young playing sports. Being an athlete is a lifestyle and a philosophy. It´s taking your day as a challenge, seeking to overcome.  My dictionary doesn´t contain the word “surrender”.

After a nasty blow dragged by a wave, I felt some discomfort in my shoulder. At first, I thought it would be temporary. But I was wrong. Months of rest, ice, pills… nothing worked.

After reading Google´s answer, two years without physical exercise, I decided to contact Chape.

To sow hope in the heart of a demoralized is not so easy, so…

I will never forget the first thing Chape told me: You have not an injury, you only have a weak point and you need to strengthen it.

That phrase sums up his philosophy: He does not accept defeat. He knows he is able to accomplish anything with determination and effort.

I followed his routines. First and most difficult, trust him and myself. Once done, I got up from the couch and went to the gym. Tailored exercises allowed me to have fun with the advantage that I was recovering my injury.

After three months, I started to get better. 7 months later my shoulder was stronger than ever. When I’m hanging in a harness, I do not remember which is the injured shoulder. I will never forget the lesson: with effort and faith in ourselves no injury will last forever”.

I want to thank Paul publicly for these nice words about me and tell everyone that, if you need help to recover from an injury, here I am!

6 thoughts on “Healing a rotator cuff injury – Paul´s testimonial”

  1. Glad your advice proved effective, but how did you base an exercise regimen without knowing the details of the actual injury. A shoulder strain, an impingement, an overuse injury, etc… are all examples of injuries or conditions that can benefit from the right exercise program. Micro tears injuries can also improve more quickly by combining exercise with rehab. A full thickening (tearing) of a rotator cuff
    muscle will lose range of motion, function and strength. Without stabilization of this type of injury, exercise is likely to make the situation worse.

    I post this comment to help clear up any misunderstanding regarding exercise and shoulder injuries.

    1. I appreciate the comment, dr J. It is very suitable! Two different doctors diagnosed a micro-tear in the rotator cuff, caused by a strong impact by a wave while doing bodyboad, but all that the doctors advised was rest. I proposed some rehabilitation exercises, starting three times a week. I asked him constantly to inform me if any exercise caused him discomfort or pain, although the biggest problem and what lengthened the recovery time was that he slept in very strange positions and got up some mornings with pain in the shoulder. I remember that he came to ask me if he should tie himself to the bed to move as little as possible!
      Also, being a guy who liked to go to the gym, we did many exercises that did not involve the shoulder: leg and core exercises, etc. so he felt better emotionally, not as if he had an injury that left him cripple.
      I know that the recovery was slow, the rehabilitation exercises did him good but as some mornings he woke up in pain simply because of his posture when sleeping, I did not increase the workload until these mornings in which he woke up with pain were occurring less often and this took us several months.
      Do you have any recommendations to improve sleeping postures if I meet another client with this problem? I really would appreciate it!!
      Big hugs,

      1. Glad to see he was properly diagnosed before beginning a rehab plan. I also appreciate the willingness on your part and your clients to LISTEN to his body (and its symptoms) and proceed at a pace that supported his body’s needs rather than pushing beyond reasonable limits.

        The BEST sleeping positions for most people with shoulder injuries is in a recliner. Sleeping at (approximately) a 45 degree in a recliner style chair allows a person to roll from side to side without gravity increasing weight on the shoulder. If a recliner is unavailable, creative thinking to simulate this position will likely get similar results. One such idea could be a steep supportive foam wedge. (Do not use small ones designed to reduce reflux (indigestion). Use velcro on the pillow to adhere it to the steep wedge.

      2. Thank you very much for your advice, I will not forget it because I’m sure I’ll need it in the future! It seems a little uncomfortable to sleep in that position, but it’s much better than getting up in pain :D

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