while there are several exercises and stretches that you can do with the client. However, I’d recommend not trying to “treat” their problem. Remember, as trainers we must operate within our scope of practice. I’d refer the client to Physical Therapy, if they already did physical therapy. What I do is have the client sign a form at their PT clinic then I contact their physical therapist. I find out what their limitations are from their PT.
Some physical therapists even have given me exercises and stretches that the clients should do at home. Often they don’t do them, so I incorporate it some in my training.
Good luck but just be careful because you’re putting yourself at risk if you’re trying to “treat.” Insurance will not protect you in such event.
Personal Trainer & Registered Nurse
Owner of Repke Fitness located in Severna Park/Millersville
Get clearance first, then try having the client move the rest of their body while keeping the affected arm in on place. Slow and controlled movements. Move their body in ways that make the arm move a little in all directions. You could have them hold a stationary object like a door knob or a handle in a fixed place. Then move the body with the arm straignt to almost straight, not locked out at the elbow though. Keep the reps low and the discomfort very low. I can’t really suggest more than that without seeing the client personally. Make sure their doctor is onboard with this first. Unless there is a serious structural issue, this should not be a problem. If it begins to open up the ROM, proceed slowly. Most people get over encouraged when the motion starts to improve and overdo the exercises.