Myth-Busting Shoulder Rehab: Why Gym Exercise is Your Friend, Not Foe

Myth-Busting Shoulder Rehab: Why Gym Exercise is Your Friend, Not Foe

Think a SLAP tear means staying away from the gym? Think again. Rad and I didn't just heal our own SLAP tears without surgery, we came back stronger!

Our secret weapon? An innovative approach to rehab, guided by sports physio extraordinaire, Phil White.

In our latest podcast episode, we'll share case studies like Dane and Theresa who've had similar success. They ignored the old advice, hit the gym, and they're here to tell the tale. We’re flipping the script on shoulder rehab, and you won't want to miss it.

The Traditional View of Rehab: Why It Falls Short!

When you first suffer from a shoulder injury, the conventional wisdom often points you towards a conservative path. This generally means that physiotherapists recommend avoiding strenuous activities, particularly strength training. 

The idea is simple: keep stress off the injury and it will heal. But is this always the best approach?

This traditional model is often rooted in the principle of "First, do no harm." In theory, if you avoid placing any extra stress on an injured area, it should recover more effectively. This type of care is designed to be cautious, aiming to minimize the risk of aggravating your condition.

The Drawbacks: Slow and Steady Doesn't Always Win the Race

Lack of Engagement: Traditional rehab exercises can often be repetitive and, let's face it, dull. When you’re not mentally engaged, it becomes increasingly difficult to stick to your routine. This may lead to inconsistent rehab work, delaying your recovery.

Longer Recovery Time: By focusing solely on light exercises and avoiding strength training, you may be prolonging your time away from optimal health. The absence of muscle-building activities can leave the injured area weaker than it needs to be, susceptible to re-injury.

Missed Benefits: Traditional rehab often ignores the proven perks of strength training, such as improved muscle tone, better balance, and enhanced bone density. These are aspects of your fitness that you should never have to compromise, not even for rehab.

One-Size-Fits-All: Often, this approach is applied uniformly to everyone, without considering individual needs or capabilities. This can be particularly frustrating for middle-aged parents who have specific lifestyle requirements and little time to waste.

At Unity Gym, we challenge this outdated thinking. 

Our program takes a more dynamic and engaging approach. We believe in blending traditional physiotherapy techniques with strength training to achieve quicker and more holistic recovery. After all, why settle for one when you can have the best of both worlds?

We've made it our mission to push boundaries and challenge the status quo. The notion that strength training is bad for rehab? It's time to debunk that myth. 

Not only do we stand by this, but scientific studies also support the synergistic effect of combining rehab with strength training. Let’s break down the reasons why:

  1. Builds Muscle: The Shield for Your Injury

When you have an injury like a SLAP tear, the muscles around it often weaken or atrophy. This makes the injured area more vulnerable. Strength training counteracts this by building up muscle tissue around the injured site. This added muscle acts as a sort of shield, redistributing stress and load away from the injured area.

A good program with targeted exercises can help fortify these muscle groups. The result? Your injury gets the break it needs to heal, while your body gains a new layer of protection against future harm.

  1. Improves Motion: Unshackling Your Limits

After an injury, your range of motion often becomes limited. This can affect not only your athletic performance but also simple daily tasks. With strength training, you can gradually extend your range of motion in a controlled, safe way.

Programs like our UMS Tribe Membership integrate strength training with flexibility exercises. This dual approach helps you reclaim and even extend your pre-injury levels of mobility. You’ll be back to your old self—perhaps even better.

  1. Whole-Body Benefits: More Than Just the Shoulder

When we talk about strength training, we’re not just talking about bulking up your biceps. It’s about holistic fitness. Strength training can improve bone density, balance, and even mental health. Plus, stronger muscles contribute to a more robust immune system.

The beauty of this approach? It fits right into your life, especially if you’re a busy, middle-aged parent. You can engage in efficient, targeted workouts that not only aid your rehab but also uplift your overall well-being.


Rad and I went through the same journey. Guided by our sports physio expert, Phil White, we used the same approach to overcome our SLAP tears. And guess what? We didn't just heal; we returned stronger than before!

You've heard our stories and those of our clients. Now, it's your turn. At Unity Gym, we've been blessed with top sports physios right at our training ground. This isn't just luck; it's a chance to learn from the best and share that wisdom with you.

What sets us apart is our knack for turning expert advice into easy-to-follow systems. This has empowered us to craft some of the world’s finest rehab programs. Now, we're bringing these game-changing methods to your doorstep through our UMS-Tribe Membership.

Don't let another day go by stuck in a cycle of pain and slow recovery. Join the UMS-Tribe Membership now, and let's get you back to living your best life, faster than you ever thought possible.

Listen to the podcast episode here.

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