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    Yoga Exercise for Rotator Cuff Tear Question

    From the New York Times

    Anyone smarter than I see how this "headstand" rotator cuff cure might be adapted for a person sitting or lying down? It apparently trains a new muscle to take over the functions of raising the arm.
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    If you are able to move your chair close enough to a wall so that you can lean forward, knees spread, with arms placed in the position shown in the article, that will work. If your knees get in the way and/or you can't lean forward very far, then look for an overhanging surface in your house (for example, a kitchen cupboard with a space beneath it) that allows you to roll your chair far enough under it so that you can place your arms into position. Be sure the brakes on your chair are locked, and if possible have someone spot you initially. You don't need to put a lot of pressure on your arms - just very gently leaning into the position with your hands interlaced will be effective. If you are able to transfer into a stable chair (folding metal chair or wooden table chair, for example), that might be more comfortable than attempting this in a wheelchair - a lot depends on how much mobility you have in the upper body.

    Another way to approach this posture would be to lie on your stomach on a firm surface, raising your trunk enough to place your arms and hands in the position shown, and press down through them gently.

    Loren Fishman is a very well respected doctor/yoga practitioner who has done a lot of work with MS patients and other people in wheelchairs. If he says this will work, it's worthwhile trying. Just remember to go gently and back off at the first sign of pain or discomfort - the most effective yoga is the one that honors your particular body.

    (Edited to add: Be sure you do not strain your back in an effort to lean into your arms. If you feel any such discomfort, back off. You can achieve something of the same effect shown in the article by positioning a firm pillow or bolster in your lap and very gently placing your arms and hands as shown, bowing over them slowly until you feel a stretch - that's enough.

    Some adapted yoga poses seem to bear very little resemblance to the original posture, and yet in fact they serve exactly the purpose intended because they are genuine expressions of a person's capacity; that is what yoga is about, at its core.)
    Last edited by Bonnette; 08-03-2011 at 12:07 AM. Reason: Addition

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