All the way back in 2003, I was working at a large rehabilitation center where I was asked to treat a lot of patients with shoulder injuries.
At the time, I was just starting out in my career and was familiar with all the traditional treatment programs so I used the prescribed treatment of the time – shoulder strengthening exercises.
Well, guess what? They didn’t work!
This forced me to question what I had learned … and I began to research the topic extensively.
While most experts still recommended strength training exercises for shoulder problems, I did come across research that recommended scapular stabilization exercises instead.
The scapular muscles protect the rotator cuff and stabilize the shoulder during overhead movements.
I began using these exercises instead of the strength training ones with my clients in the clinic and I was amazed with the results.
The next year, a friend who was in physical therapy school heard about the exercises I was doing and the results I was getting and that led to me being invited to speak about scapular stabilization at a conference at McMasters University.
The conference was attended by physical therapy students from across Canada and I have to say, most appeared blown away by what I had to show them.
That experience led me to fine-tune my approach and create a complete system that I began teaching to other fitness professionals in 2007.
Still, the medical and physical therapy establishments are slow to embrace change. Now over 10 years later, my treatment methods are still considered “outside the norm.”
But here’s the thing – they work! They really work.
I’ve got testimonial after testimonial to prove this. Look at just a couple of the many I’ve received: