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How do I do the assisted forearm-rotation strengthening workout?

The assisted forearm-rotation strengthening exercise requires a friend or therapist to help you. Place your shoulders in a biomechanically correct position. Hold your elbow at a 90-degree angle at your side while holding a dowel rod or broom handle in your hand. Have your partner slowly turn the rod while you gently resist and allow your forearm to rotate until the full range of motion is achieved or you feel pain. Feel your forearm muscles resisting the rotation and your shoulder blade muscles working to hold your shoulder blade in the correct position. This should take about 15 - 30 seconds to perform one rotation. Reverse the direction and repeat. Perform 3 - 5 repetitions or until fatigue sets in.

Rick Olderman
Physical Therapy
The assisted forearm-rotation strengthening exercise requires a friend or therapist to help you. Place your shoulders in a biomechanically correct position. Hold your elbow at a 90-degree angle at your side while holding a dowel rod or broom handle in your hand. Have your partner slowly turn the rod while you gently resist and allow your forearm to rotate until the full range of motion is achieved or you feel pain. Feel your forearm muscles resisting the rotation and your shoulder blade muscles working to hold your shoulder blade in the correct position. This should take about 15 - 30 seconds to perform one rotation. Reverse the direction and repeat. Perform 3 - 5 repetitions or until fatigue sets in.

Remember that:

  • Twisting the rod too quickly can cause pain.
  • Resisting with too much force can cause pain.
  • Rotating too far can cause pain.
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