SCAPULA (ACROMION)

UPPER ARM (HUMERUS)

ROWHEELING FORCES DECOMPRESS THE SHOULDER JOINT, PULLING THE HUMERUS AWAY FROM THE SCAPULA

 

ROWHEELING pulls the upper-arm/humerus away from the acromion (decompressing the shoulder), mitigating or eliminating the impingement forces that damage the rotator cuff and bursa.  This keeps your shoulders injury and pain-free.

pROTECT YOUR SHOULDERS

THE PROBLEM WITH PUSHING is that it forces the upper-arm into the shoulder joint, compressing and impinging the rotator cuff tendon eventually leading to pain and injury in up to 70% of wheelchair PUSHERS.

DAMAGING IMPINGEMENT

PUSHING FORCES THE HUMERUS INTO THE SHOULDER JOINT, COMPRESSING AND IMPINGING THE SHOULDER

 

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" (ROWHEELING) MAY SUBSTANTIALLY PROTECT THE SUBACROMIAL STRUCTURES FROM IMPINGEMENT TO PREVENT INJURY & PAIN, AND PRESERVE MOBILITY, INDEPENDENCE, AND PARTICIPATION FOR INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH PARAPLEGIA."

-PATHOKINESIOLOGY LAB, RANCHO LOS AMIGOS NAT'L REHAB CENTER (2017)

ROWHEELS CAN KEEP YOUR SHOULDERS PAIN-FREE AND YOUR UPPER BODY STRONG, ALLOWING YOU TO STAY MOBILE AND ACTIVE!

 

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“AFTER 30 YEARS OF PUSHING MY CHAIR, I HAD DEVELOPED

CHRONIC PAIN IN MY SHOULDERS THAT WAS AFFECTING MY

QUALITY OF LIFE. AFTER JUST THREE MONTHS OF USING

ROWHEELS, MY PAIN LEVELS DECREASED SUBSTANTIALLY, TO THE

POINT THAT I WAS ABLE TO GET OFF MY PAIN MEDICATION!”

 

-SCOTT C. VERONA, NEW JERSEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FIRST FULL DAY WITH MY ROWHEELS...OVERALL MY SHOULDERS DON’T HURT AS MUCH. TOOK HALF THE AMOUNT OF PAIN MEDICATION I NORMALLY TAKE. DEFINITELY A WIN TODAY!

 

-Andy I., Evansville, Indiana

 

 

 

 

 

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Pulling vs Pushing Forces Study  Summary

 Rowheels User Shoulder Pain  Case Study

 

GET STRONG AND STABLE SHOULDERS

ROWHEELING uses most of the back and  shoulder muscles during pull propulsion, efficiently distributing the work over larger and more capable muscles, strengthening your upper-body.

ROWHEELING uses the main muscles that retract the scapula, stabilizing the shoulder joint and further reducing the risk of shoulder impingement injuries.

THE PROBLEM WITH PUSHING is that it  relies mainly on two smaller  muscles groups for propulsion.  Over time these muscles become overused and tighten, pulling the shoulder joint forward into an unstable position that is prone to shoulder injury and pain.

2016 RLA Pulling vs Pushing Muscle Activity Study

2005 FIU Pulling vs Pushing Muscle Activity Study

 

USE A HEALTHY POSTURE

ROWHEELING uses the back muscles that retract the scapulas, opening up the chest and stretching those muscle that tend to be tight from pushing. This leads to a more upright posture and decompresses the diaphragm which can improve breathing.

THE PROBLEM WITH PUSHING is that it leads to tightness in the chest and front of the shoulders from overuse and over-stretches the upper back muscles from under-use. This leads to  the unhealthy "sunken chest" or hunchback posture (Kyphosis) common to wheelchair PUSHERS.

 

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"THE (ROWHEELS) ROWING MOTION MAKES WHEELCHAIR USERS SIT UP STRAIGHT, ALLOWING THE DIAPHRAGM TO FUNCTION PROPERLY AND SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE BREATHING."

     -J. JUSTUS, SCI NURSE EDUCATOR - ZABLOCKI VA, MILWAKEE WI

 Pulling vs Pushing Posture Study

 

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ROWHEELING protects, stabilizes and strengthens the shoulders allowing for self-propulsion to be used as a form of physical exercise. It increasing  cardio-pulmonary output which can result in  long-term improvements in staminaendurance and overall cardiovascular health.

THE PROBLEM WITH PUSHING is that it damages your shoulders and wrist, and the harder you PUSH the greater the risk. This  makes using your wheelchair to exercise problematic and participating in wheelchair sports  can further increase the risk of injury.

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Pulling vs Pushing Physiological Study

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