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The following exercises isolate the rotator cuff in a position of shoulder abduction. The variance is the resistance which is shown with a theraband or with a free hand weight. Your Physiotherapist will determine which resistance is appropriate for you and your rehabilitation needs.

Internal Rotation:

  • Anchor the resistance band behind you at the level of the shoulders or shoulder blades
  • Take the band with the target limb and step to the side- away from the band
  • Hold the shoulder in a 90 degree angle, with the elbow bent so the wrist stacks above the elbow
  • Pull the resistance band down so the wrist moves forward whilst maintaining a bent elbow
  • The movement mimics hitting a nail with a hammer
  • Return to the start position with control
  • Repeat as per Physiotherapists instructions.

Free weight instructions:

  • Using a hand weight at a load that has been prescribed, come into the above position
  • The weight will stack directly above the elbow with the elbow in line with the shoulder
  • To move into internal rotation: lower the weight in front of you as shown above and return to start position
  • Repeat as per Physiotherapists guidelines