One day in BJJ practice I got caught in a nasty shoulder lock but I did not tap. Huge mistake... Anyways my shoulder started hurting a couple hours after practice. It continued to hurt a few days and about a week after the incident a friend of mine who was in town wanted to have a kettlebell workout. I should have said "no" but I could not resist. It was a horrible mistake. We worked on various lifts and completed numerous snatches. It was definitely not a good idea. The following day I woke up with a shooting pain inn my shoulder. Felt like almost my arm was cut off. I instantly knew something was terribly wrong. I went to a orthopedic surgeon who gave me a cortisone shot and referred me to a physical therapist. A couple of weeks after the cortisone shot my shoulder felt like it was "OK" but it actually was not and I worked out during this time and I believe this is when I caused most of the damage. The MRI's showed that I had a tear in my rotator cuff. I started physical therapy but it did not really help much. It was such a bad injury and it felt like there was no way around it. I had many injuries in the past but something about a rotator injury was very different and I did not have the tools to treat it. After 8-9 months of physical therapy my shoulder was not any better but after a fellow bjj practitioner's suggested I started working out with a bodyblade. I followed his advice and my shoulder started feeling better after a few workouts. It was almost like magic. After I bought my bodyblade and worked on it 3-4 months my shoulder felt better that it has ever been and with in a year it was almost as good as new. The cost of the bodyblade was about 3 times of he cost of the copayment of my physical therapy seasson so I actually saved probably a couple thousands of dollars after this purchase. I immediately stopped going to physical therapy. I am not saying everyone should stop physical therapy and do what I did. Everyone's injury is unique and this may not help everyone but many people told me this helped them out tremendously so I recommend that you ask your physical therapist about this and if will help you out. I don't get paid by bodyblade for this article. It is just a hands down solid tool for shoulder rehabilitation. It definitely has it's place in strength and conditioning programs and I will get in to this in future articles.
Check out Video below for some basic exercises with the bodyblade.