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Now, a yoga-based maneuver to cure rotator cuff pain, disability

London , Mon, 16 May 2011 ANI

London, May 16 (ANI): A specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation has developed a yoga-based maneuver that relieves the pain of rotator cuff tear and restores range of motion during one short office visit.


Loren Fishman's method trains the subscapularis muscle to take over for the injured supraspinatus muscle in the rotator cuff. Though the rotator cuff has not healed, symptoms usually almost completely disappear.


The method, called the Triangular Forearm Support, is an exercise that can be done against a wall, in a chair or in a yoga headstand. Fishman studied 49 patients for an average of 30 months to confirm its efficacy.


Immediately after completing the exercise, the average improvement for 46 patients was 150 percent; in other words, patients more than doubled their range of motion and could lift their arms normally. Much of their pain disappeared. Patients reported their pain reduction on a questionnaire. Their pain relief averaged 82 percent. Many said that they were pain-free. Three patients did not improve at all.


All 46 patients were satisfied with their outcomes in Fishman's longitudinal before-and-after study, and they sustained the initial cure for 30 months or longer. Most patients also received a little physical therapy to solidify their gains-an average of 5 sessions over a period of a week to ten days.


Fishman's exciting treatment for rotator cuff tear is particularly well-suited to elderly patients who are poor candidates for surgery.


The study has been reported in the peer-reviewed Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. (ANI)


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