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Strengthening & Pain Relief from Joint Hypermobility

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome for many can be symptom-less ,however, for many it can lead to pains, stiffness in the joints and muscles. This is where Powerball can be an invaluable training aid to solve any upper limb (hands, wrist, elbow and shoulder) problems Hypermobility Syndrome may cause. 
 
 

"Strengthen, Rehabilitate, Stay Healthy"

Whether you are looking to simply strengthen, improve flexibility or rehabilitate from pains and injuries caused by Joint Hypermobility Syndrome then Powerball is the perfect device for you. Powerballs are used by professional athletes and musicians to build strength and keep their upper limbs healthy and are recommended by physios and physicians to rehabilitate from a wide range of finger, hand, wrist, arm, elbow & shoulder injuries. We have the exercise program to strengthen / rehabilitate anywhere in your upper limb at Powerballs.com.

My Story - Joint Hypermobility Syndrome

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Lilli Michaelis - IT Support - UK
“I will need to give you a little bit of background information, so you understand how much this device has improved my life. I have an inherited condition that affects my joints and makes me prone to developing repetitive forearm injuries. At 25 I developed a painful condition in both wrists, and after many failed types of physiotherapy and exercise as well as a resistance to various painkillers, I had to resign and quit my job."

"ITS A LIFE SAVER"

"I thought I would never be able to work again, but then I found Powerball. With continuous training, I was able to take off so much of the daily pain I was going through. I am now able to keep up my IT support job, which would not be possible with ergonomic mouse and keyboard alone. Wherever I go, I take a Powerball with me. My life wouldn’t be the same without this tool and I am eternally grateful for its existence as well as the deeply impressive customer service this company provides. Thank you for giving me back so much of the life quality I lost years ago. I would recommend Powerball to anyone suffering from painful conditions in their forearms – It’s a life saver.”
Lilli Michaelis
IT Support
Depending on the model you choose, a Powerball will weigh between 300 and 500 grams and despite only being the size of a tennis ball, it can generate over 60 times its weight in isometric resistance, simply by turning your wrists. Powerballs are encased in a metal or polycarbonate shell and are a type of gyroscope (gyroscopes can also be found in planes, spaceships, and robots). Powerball is different from a standard gyroscope, however, as it harnesses the power of its spinning rotor for rehabilitation and strengthening purposes. Combine Powerball with our specific exercise programmes and effectively strengthen & rehabilitate from fingertip to shoulder. Exercise with Powerball is 100% non-impact so it allows you to strengthen without putting pressure on tendons and joints. 
  • Joint hypermobility syndrome is a condition that allows joints to easily move beyond the normal range expected for that particular joint. Making the joints looser, weaker and more susceptible to injury.
  • Hypermobile joints tend to be inherited/ hereditary.
  • Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is considered the same or very close to joint hypermobility syndrome sharing many of the same symptoms.
  • There is no definitive test to confirm either of these syndromes. Diagnosis is based of the symptoms and your medical history.   
  • The symptoms of joint hypermobility syndrome include pain in the knees, fingers, hips, and elbows.
    • Pain and stiffness in the joints and muscles
    • Repetitive spraining, straining or dislocating of joints and muscles
    • Poor balance and co-ordination.
  • NB: Exercise with Powerball should be carried out at low resistance while in recovery if you have existing injuries and pains resulting from hypermobility syndrome.
  • Powerball allows a person with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome to strengthen & rehabilitate there fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders. Basically the whole upper limbs. Exercising with Powerball not only allows you to strengthen muscle groups but also tendons and joints.
  • Whether it is Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI), sprains or damage to tendons Powerball is the versatile rehabilitation tool that will relieve the symptoms leaving the user strong and pain-free.
  • Powerball not only rehabilitates and strengthens but it also is prevents injuries especially RSIs, sprains, strains and muscle damage. Using Powerball on a daily basis is body arm for your hands and arms leaving your muscles strong and healthy and your joints flexible and pain-free.
  • The resistance training with Powerball is 100% non-impact which allows you to rehabilitate without putting any pressure on joints and tendons. 
Powerball can be used to strengthen and rehabilitate from your fingertips to your shoulder. There are different exercise programs you can follow for rehabilitation and strengthening that target different joints, muscle groups, tendons and tendons.

  • Check out all our individual pages for rehabilitation and strengthening for more information. We have the videos and programs for fingers & hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders below.
  • Find all our rehabilitation & strengthening videos/ programs on our videos page.

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome - Finger / Hand Rehabilitation & Strengthening

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Powerball is highly efficient at strengthening the forearm flexor & Extensor muscles  These muscles power your fingers. Powerball builds strength and endurance in the muscle through isometric resistance training– the faster you spin the ball, the more resistance you will feel.
Powerball dramatically increases blood circulation to the muscles and connecting tendons –using Powerball uses and engages ALL 4 of the main forearm muscles. Stimulating a muscle using Powerball increases circulation right throughout the tissue with all the associated benefits this brings (healing, increased muscle flexibility, reduced stress on connecting tendons, rehabilitation).

This is very important for a Hypermobility Syndrome sufferer who has pain and stiffness in the fingers, wrists and arms. Exercising with Powerball creates full circumduction of the wrist joint increasing flexibility, strength and health right throughout the whole kinetic chain from fingertip to shoulder.
Non-impact resistance stops muscle wastage while in recovery – Muscles tend to atrophy (waste away) increasing recovery periods. Exercise with Powerball is 100% non-impact resistance. The resistance can be as little as 1.0lb or as much as 35lbs of force, depending on how fast you spin the Powerball. As a result, it can be used to gently exercise while you’re rehabilitating without any fear of over-exertion. This helps to maintain muscle mass right throughout the recovery period.

Watch the video below and see how Powerball can help you effectively rehabilitate and strengthen your hands and fingers. Our hand, thumb and finger programmes are fully downloadable and can be found using the button below the video.

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome wrist strengthening & rehabilitation

Wrist pain can originate for many reasons, however, most commonly it is inflamed tendons or damage to the forearm muscles. Using Powerball increases blood circulation bringing healing oxygen-rich nutrients to damaged tendons and muscles. The increased circulation feels like the “muscle pump” you would have after a long weights session. However, unlike traditional isotonic concentric and eccentric exercises (e.g dumbbell curls), Powerballs exercise is in the form 100% non-impact isometric resistance.

If you are in pain from joint hypermobility syndrome Powerball will both strengthen and rehabilitate at the same time. This is impossible with traditional exercise as you would further damage sore joints, muscles & tendons.
Cure & prevent repetitive strain injuries (RSI) from joint hypermobility syndrome – these are a common cause of wrist pain and can occur from repetitive movements like typing, playing an instrument or sport. Powerball is uniquely adept at preventing and curing RSI symptoms.
Wrist & grip strength comes directly from the muscles in your forearms. Powerball is incredibly efficient at exercising your forearms in a unique way using gyroscopic resistance. Exercising with Powerball is 100% non-impact isometric exercise which is most effective for rehabilitation.
Powerball can be as gentle or as powerful as you like. At low revolutions, the isometric resistance is soothing and therapeutic. However, Powerball is a world-class wrist strengthener and Powerballs rotor can generate the resistance equivalent to lifting a 25kg dumbbell without any of the strain from lifting weight on your joints and tendons.
Follow our physio-designed wrist rehabilitation & strengthening program, which gives you a practical, easy-to-follow recovery path. You can download our wrist rehabilitation and strengthening program below this video. A full list of our video and rehabilitation programs can be found on our videos page.

Joint Hypermobility Syndrome Elbow strengthening & rehabilitation

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  • Powerball is highly efficient at exercising the muscles in the upper limbs
  • Allows you to rehabiliatate much faster as you can strengthen your elbow while in recovery – without pain
  • Increases oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the muscles and connecting tendons – aids elbow rehabilitation
  • Prevents muscle tearing from repetitive movements or RSIs
  • Elbow strengthening, reduces muscle contraction & reduces inflammation
  • Stops muscle wastage while in recovery
  • Non-Impact – Gentle recovery for damaged muscles, bones & tendons.

  • “STEP-BY-STEP, PHYSIO-DESIGNED REHAB PROGRAMME”

    Using Powerball gives you a practical, easy to follow recovery path for elbow rehabilitation. We have 4 different physio-designed elbow rehabilitation programmes (with accompanying rehab videos) that you can follow depending on your injury.  See below for an example of one of our programmes and videos.
    Our full list of videos and programs can be found in the videos section of the site.

    Hypermobility Joint Syndrome Shoulder strengthening & rehabilitation

    • Cuts rehabilitation times – strengthens muscles & tendons & relieves shoulder pain.
    • Helps shoulder co-contraction – exercise with our products stabilises the shoulder joint.
    • Increases shoulder joint flexibility & mobility.
    • Repairs scarred tissues – cures & prevents repetitive strain injuries which are the causes of a large proportion of shoulder injuries.
    • Increases blood flow dramatically – turbocharges the healing process.
    • 100% non-impact isometric resistance – no strain and all gain.

    A Little bit about Powerspin

    Powerspin is an upper body exerciser like no other and can create limitless resistance depending on your fitness level. The faster you spin the ball around the tube, the more resistance Powerspin generates making it a highly-effective device for treating shoulder pain. Start by gently spinning the ball around inside the tube for only a couple of minutes each day and slowly build the intensity as you progress through your recovery. One customer accurately described Powerspin as a “treadmill for your arms and shoulder” – and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Powerspin is a 100% non-impact form of exercise as no shoulder movement is required to effectively heal and strengthen the muscles in your shoulders.

    Powerspin Shoulder strengthening & rehab Exercises

    We have designed two separate Powerspin exercise videos and rehabilitation programmes that you can follow in order to target all of the individual muscle groups in and around the shoulder, effectively strengthening these areas as well as relieving pain. We recommend spending as little as 2-3 minutes a day on each exercise to feel immediate pain relief and concontraction (stability) in the shoulder area. Below is an example of one of our easy-to-follow exercise videos. The full list of programs and videos is on our videos page.

    Powerball Shoulder Pain Exercises

    Not only are our physio-designed shoulder rehabilitation programs comprehensive and easy to follow, but they will also provide you with a clearly-structured recovery path that tackles shoulder pain head-on. We offer five different exercise programs with accompanying videos that target various muscle groups in the shoulder for fast and effective rehabilitation and recovery. Below you will find just one example of a video from our extensive rehabilitation & strengthening programs – a full list of videos and exercise instructions can be found in the videos section. Spend as little as 1-2 minutes a day on each exercise and strengthen your shoulder and surrounding joints and tendons relieving pain leaving you healthy and strong. 

    Millions of happy customers

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    Recognised as one of the most popular winter sports in the world, Snowboarding has come a long way in the past 30 years. No longer considered an extreme sport limited only to the brave adrenaline junkie, snowboarding attracts thousands of people of all ages to the slopes each year.

    Despite its growing popularity, however, it is not an easy sport to master. Snowboarding involves securing both feet to a board and maneuvering your way down a snow-covered slope – a good sense of balance and a generous helping of confidence are a must.

    Snowboard injuries, foosh injury made easy.

    Snowboarding can truly be a ton of fun once you get the hang of it, however, before you can rocket down a mountain at top speed, there is a tricky learning process to get through first.

    What is a Foosh Injury – Why so many wrist injuries?

    Unlike skiing, both of your feet are firmly strapped to a snowboard and should you find yourself tipping over, there is no way to ‘step off’ the board and regain your balance. When this happens, our natural reaction is to stretch out our hands protectively in front of us to try and break our fall – but unfortunately, this often backfires and instead results in a myriad of wrist problems, if not a broken or fractured wrist. There is even a special term that has been coined for this phenomenon – FOOSH (Falling onto an Outstretched Hand) and it’s no wonder: From Foosh injury there are an estimated 95,000 wrist fractures each year among snowboarders alone worldwide!

    Although wrist injury is the most common result of breaking your fall with your hands, if you suffer a FOOSH injury, there are many different body parts that can become injured. These typically involve your wrist and hand, but you may also injure your elbow or shoulder as well.

    Even the greatest can have Snowboard injuries!

    These days, falling has simply been accepted as an unavoidable part of learning to snowboard. It is considered a must that all beginners wear at least a helmet and wrist guards with the added option of a back brace and knee pads if they wish. But even with all of this added protection, snowboarders are still high-risk when it comes to wrist injuries.

    snowbaord injuries from foosh injury imageEven the pros who have spent years perfecting their balance and technique can be subject to snowboard injuries from falls now and then. Take professional snowboarder, Shaun White: famous for his talent both on the slope and the skateboard ramp, the American is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and holds the record for the most gold medals won at the X-Games.

    But no number of medals can safeguard you from an injury and White had to bow out of the slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, due to a sprained wrist –(Foosh injury! Hey, the guy’s only human after all!).

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    Snowboard Injuries – Apart from wearing wrist guards and being cautious on the slopes, what else can you do to prevent wrist injuries?

     

    Prevent wrist injuries with powerball

    Only the size of a tennis ball, Powerball is a gyroscope that can generate up to 27kg of inertial resistance. The faster Powerball spins, the more resistance it creates and how fast it spins is entirely up to you. Powerball is a 100% non-impact form of exercise and when used for as little as 3 minutes each day, it will effectively build strength and flexibility in the wrist and significantly lower the chances of incurring a wrist-related injury while snowboarding.
    Hand and finger rehabilitation Powerball fusion autostart

    Spin Powerball at high speeds before you jump on your snowboard each morning and experience an intense upper-body workout that will effectively warm up your wrists, hands, forearms and shoulders ensuring you are prepared for whatever you may encounter on the slopes that day. (Warming up before you take to the slopes is the best way to prevent wrist injuries).

    Why not bring Powerball along for the ride?

    Thanks to its convenient size, Powerball fits comfortably in your bag and is perfect for quickly warming up your hands and muscles on the chairlift or between freestyle sessions.

    A must-have device for all snowboarders, see for yourself how Powerball will dramatically improve grip power as well as long-term strength, flexibility and endurance, not only in the wrist but also in the hand, fingers, forearm and shoulder.

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    Snowboard Injuries – are you already in the process of recovering from a wrist injury?

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    snowboard injuries blog snowboard mask and helmet Not only is Powerball ideal for building and strengthening muscles to prevent a Foosh injury of the wrist, it is also a highly-effective rehabilitation device.
    Spinning Powerball at slow and gentle speeds for just a few minutes every day instantly soothes and relieves pain in the wrist by increasing blood flow and bringing healing, oxygen-rich nutrients to damaged tendons and muscles.

    When used correctly, this physician-approved product will effectively rehabilitate sore and damaged muscles. These can be snowboarding injuries or other common wrist injuries, such as RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, TFCC tear or a broken or fractured wrist.

    The non-impact inertial resistance created by Powerball gently rehabilitates your wrist as you spin and actively prevents the risk of long-term damage. What’s more, using Powerball on a regular basis reduces overall recovery time meaning you can get back out on the slopes in no time!

    Do your wrists a favour and get yourself a Powerball today!

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    Beauty outside. Beast inside – Diablo Evo, the perfect Powerball for the slopes!

    Housed within a perfectly-polished, stainless-steel chrome shell, Diablo Evo can generate up to 27kg of inertial resistance at spin speeds of over 18,000rpm with absolutely zero vibration. Diablo Evo is 10% smaller than other Powerball models making it the perfect size for conveniently stowing away in your rucksack and what’s more, it includes a protective carry case with a secure zip closure, so there is no need to worry about causing damage to the ball as you cruise down the slope!
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    Prevent Foosh Injury- build wrist strength – improve your game

    But don’t let its reduced size fool you, Powerball Diablo Evo is the ideal fitness tool for an intense, upper-body workout that will have your muscles burning for days afterwards. The powerful exercise device is the perfect complement to any sport, including snowboarding and will train your wrists for dramatically improved strength and flexibility. Spin Powerball Diablo Evo at moderate to fast speeds, for effective strengthening results and significantly lower your chances of acquiring a wrist-injury on the slopes.
    Diablo Evo is also ideal for rehabilitating a previously-sustained wrist injury, such as a broken/fractured wrist or torn muscle or tendon and will effectively soothe pain in the joint, while simultaneously strengthening for a faster recovery.

    Some of Powerball Diablo Evo’s features include:

    • Stainless steel chrome shell
    • Automatic starting mechanism
    • 6-mode LCD speed meter
    • High precision rotor
    • Protective carry case
    • Gold-standard warranty

    Protect yourself while snowboarding – rehabilitate and combat injuries with Powerball Diablo Evo. Buy yours today at www.powerballs.com.

     

    Wrist Rehab made easy with Powerball

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    Broken bone rehab. No problem.

    “Here I am getting ready to take on the ‘Hand’ Jackie Johnson, 13 weeks after I broke my humerus and had a 6in plate with 8 screws put in it. Thanks to the best rehabilitation tool out there, Powerball..! As a Physician’s Assistant, I would recommend Powerball to any of my patients with hand, wrist or arm injuries!”

    Alex Ross, 
    Paris, TN, USA

     

    foosh injury prevention. Play harder with Powerball

    If you have a Foosh injury or wish to prevent wrist injuries follow our wrist rehabilitation programme, which can be downloaded below. Our wrist rehabilitation videos have been designed by physicians to promote an even faster recovery or find the right Powerball for you at www.powerballs.com.

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    We talk shooting, singing & Powerball with a future World Champion

    Chris Banfield from Tasmania Australia is currently ranked joint 2nd in the world in WA1500 Pistol Shooting and is hoping to grab the top spot in the world this weekend. As a longtime Powerball user, we asked him if he would be kind enough to answer some questions for us about a sport we did not know a lot about.

    Q.  How did you first get into the sport? What attracted you to it?

    Chris: I got into pistol shooting through my Dad. I started shooting when I was 5 years old and have been shooting for the last 27 years. I have always been competitive so that always drove me to get better.

    Q. Can you tell us a little bit about the technical aspects of Pistol Shooting? Main rules etc.

    Chris: WA1500 is a 150 shot match that takes about 1 hour to shoot. The distance ranges from 50yds to 7yds and I have to shoot in multiple positions like sitting, prone, left hand and right hand. At 50yds, to hit the 10cm ten ring, the sights have to perfect to within 0.1mm, so about the thickness of a hair. So it takes a lot of concentration over a long period of time.
    See below some of the positions that Chris shoots from in his hour-long matches.

    Powerball Pistol shooting training

    Q. In essence it is more of an endurance event really then? Is this typical of most shooting sports or is this more of a marathon event in pistol shooting?

    Chris: I would say it’s an endurance race on a tightrope. One mistake or loss of concentration and you are pretty much out of the running to win. I think that’s what I love about the sport, you have so much to remember. There are different distances, time frames, sight settings and shooting sequences. It’s like every sport though, it comes down to your match preparation and training.

    Q. We see you are currently ranked 2nd in the world how is the ranking system based and what does grand master stand for?

    Chris: I’m equal 2nd. 0.4 of a point off first. High master is the highest grading level in the match. Our scores get submitted from sanctioned matches throughout the year. I have a match this weekend so hopefully, if I do well I can get to first. The ranking is an average of the highest 3 scores from your last 4 shoots.

    Q. Congratulations on your success in the World Championships lately, I’m sure there was a lot of hard work behind the scenes, can you tell us a little bit about your sporting career to date?

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    Matt Lockhart and Chris Banfield after their success at the world championships.

    Chris: I put a lot of work in to make the Australian team. Work that was made easy by my friend and fellow shooter Matt. His drive to improve fuelled mine as well. It’s been a long career, too many highlights to name. Number 1 would have to be representing Australia at the world championships in Germany last year. I have won 6 national championships but the one I won last year to make the Australian team was the best. The hard work I had put in and the pressure of trying to make the team just made it so much sweeter.

     

    Video courtesy of Southern Cross News Tasmania

    Q. What are your aspirations and goals for the future within the Sport?

    Chris: My number 1 goal is to win a World Championships. The world champs are only held once every 2 years and next year it is being held in Australia. To win on my home ground would be awesome.

    Q. We would love to get some insight into your training schedule and what getting to the top involves? And how does Powerball fit into your training?

    Chris: Training keeps me pretty busy with reloading and keeping everything in working order. Leading up to a competition I practice with about 400-600 live rounds a week. I try and train my weakest link until it is a strength and then chase the next weak link. It’s a never-ending cycle really. As I’m short of free time, Powerball is really good because I can have it with me at all times. The best thing about the Powerball is that it really works on the wrist and forearm muscles the ones I need the most. It’s small and compact so I can take it away with me when I go away shooting. It’s also fun to use so it makes training easier plus it works all the muscles I need for pistol shooting.

    Q. You spoke earlier about the amount of concentration that the 1-hour entails, is there anything specific you do in terms of improving your concentration or visualization techniques to improve your shooting?

    Chris: It is far too draining to try and concentrate for that long so I try and break it down into short intense bursts. When I’m not shooting, I take my earmuffs off. That is the trigger to relax and lower my concentration. I can talk and have a laugh with fellow competitors but when my earmuffs go back on, it’s game time and the trigger to heighten my concentration. It’s also important not to overthink either, just relax and let your training take over. I have a little trick that helps with nerves or if I’m over thinking. Singing songs in my head helps me to relax and clear out any negative thoughts that may sneak in. It’s a simple and easy method that seems to work for me.

    Q. Do you have any advice for young inspiring athletes, and how might they reach the top?

    Chris: To a new shooter starting out, I would say don’t over complicate things. Pistol shooting is pretty much 80% trigger control 20% sight alignment. Simple practice drills like Dry firing is the best form of training and the cheapest. When training I would advise to always go for quality over quantity you don’t have to shoot thousands of rounds a week. learn to fire 1 precision shot then you can slowly work on getting faster after that.  Most of all have fun. It makes the hard work a lot easier when you’re enjoying yourself

    Fin

    All the team at Powerballs.com wish Chris the very best in his quest for the world number one spot and future challenge for gold in the world championships in Australia. For more information on Powerball and how it can help any sportsperson check out some of our products in-store. Our watch our video for our Autostart Titan Pro below.

    Advanced Powerpin Workout 

    If you are looking for an intense gyroscopic workout then following this 9-minute Powerspin routine is what you are looking for. This workout targets your whole upper body including biceps, triceps, shoulders and core. The workout is purely isometric and will leave you seriously pumped when you’re finished. This is ideal for all ages and all fitness levels. The fitter you are the faster you can spin. The faster you spin the more resistance you will feel. For rehabilitation, Powerspin is ideal for all upper arm, tricep/bicep and shoulder injuries. Allowing you to build strength even when you are injured. Powerspin also tones and shapes your upper arms & upper body like no other exercise product on the planet.

    Variable Infinite Resistance

    Powerspin affords infinitely variable isometric resistance slow and gentle for rehabilitation or high-intensity workouts which will leave your muscles burning in under 60 seconds. Easy to use, portable and affordable Powerspin is a mobile gym for your upper body. Just stick it in the bag, carry out the 9-minute workout above or any of our other workouts that come included (We find many people make up their own). Powerspin is also uniquely adept at helping you warm up before strenuous activity especially for people with difficulties with shoulder injuries or anyone concerned about picking up injuries.

    Find out why this product comes so highly recommended. Check out our Powerspin product page here.

    Stop Muscle Loss from Arm Breaks & Arm Fractures

    Muscle loss or wastage is a serious side effect and problem in rehabilitation from arm breaks and fractures. The medical term for muscle loss is muscle atrophy and can leave you with substantially reduced muscle mass after you recover from an arm break. The longer you are in a cast and not using your arm the more muscle you will lose from non-use. The amount of muscle you can lose from a broken arm can be clearly visible to the naked eye after you remove the cast. Following a physio designed rehabilitation programme will make a marked difference to;

    • The condition your arm will be after you recover.
    • The muscle mass you will retain while in rehabilitation.
    • The speed at which you will fully recover.

    The more work you put in during your rehabilitation period the better place you will be in when you recover.

    What can you do about preventing muscle wastage for arm breaks and arm fractures?

    1) Doing nothing is always an option, but don’t blame us if you end up looking like this guy once the cast is off!!
    2) Consulting with a physio or doctor is always a good thing. Physios will put together a strengthening programme that will help reduce muscle wastage and allow you to recover.

    3) Use a Powerball, easy and engaging to use, remove the monotony from rehab while allowing you to maintain muscle mass and to track your progress as you go.

    Why is a Powerball recommended by so many physicians for rehabilitation for arm breaks and fractures?

    Exercise with Powerball is 100% non-impact isometric exercise. Isometric exercise is ideal for rehabilitation especially when bones and muscles are very weak. Traditional exercise is typically either concentric (shortening the muscle) or eccentric (lengthening the muscle)  i.e bicep curls. With Isometric exercise, joint angle and muscle length do not change while you are exercising. This allows you to exercise without putting a strain on mending bones or damaged muscles.

    If you are still wondering what the hell is a Powerball or why are you telling me to win the lottery to speed up my recovery bear with us!

    A Powerball is a gyroscopic handheld exerciser. Gyroscopes are used in aeroplanes and spacecraft’s as navigational tools, however, they are also used for strength building and rehabilitation. A Powerball has a rotor (green wheel below) that acts as the gyroscope which spins freely inside the Powerball.

    This rotor creates resistance/torque against the user. The speed that the rotor spins at is determined by the user. It’s all in the wrists! The faster you turn your wrists, the faster the rotor spins, the more resistance there will be. At low spin speeds Powerball is perfect for rehabilitation. As you recover and get stronger you can increase the speed of the rotor to create more resistance and build more strength. Powerballs are soothing and gentle at low spin speeds but can create upwards of 60+ pounds of force/torque which can be used to build massive strength and endurance.

    How early can you start your arm rehabilitation?

    Consulting with a physio or doctor is always advisable and they will give you a time frame of when it is safe to start your rehabilitation & strengthening. There should never really be any actual pain when you are using a Powerball as the exercise is isometric and non-impact. If you feel any pain you need to leave yourself heal a little longer. If you can turn your wrists without pain then you are good to go. Starting with lower rotor RPMs (spin speeds). Powerball can reach over 21,000rpms, however, a gentle 3,000 to 4,000rpms starting off is more than sufficient. You can increase the spin speeds as you get stronger.

    Broken arm rehabilitation Video and Programme

    Arm Rehabilitation Programme

    ULNAR / RADIUS BROKEN IN HALF?


    PROBLEM SOLVED.

    I was playing baseball for my college team in Jersey when my arm was literally broken in half. I was escorted to the hospital and doctors patched me up, advising I would have to undergo therapy. In therapy there were the usual massages and exercises, but there was also one psychical therapist who had a slightly different approach. She handed me a green Powerball® and instructed on how to use it.

    There were 3 other patients in therapy with similar injuries to mine that day and I’d say I probably healed 50% quicker. That green Powerball® literally gave me my arm back, one of the greatest inventions I’ve ever invested in. Thank you.

    Jay Kshatriya, New Jersey, USA

    Jay with Powerball gyroscope and baseball bat, broken arm recovery

     

    Definitive Guide to Finger-Starting Powerball®

    Can’t find a cord. Sick of the cat eating them (cats love Powerball cords)! No longer live in fear of misplacing a cord and not having your Powerball in your life! Here we have the definitive video guide to finger starting (thumb starting) Powerball® from Powerballs.com CEO Rory McLoughney – this is the video to watch if you want to learn the correct technique for how to finger start Powerball gyroscope.

    If you can’t finger start a Powerball after watching this, do yourself a favour and buy an auto-start from our store www.powerballs.com/shop

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    Powerball Isometric Exercise Device

     

    Powerball is the world’s most revolutionary isometric exercise device. Combining science and precision engineering to allow punishing isometric resistance training & rehabilitation. In this blog post, we will go through what is isometric exercise & how it differs to other types of exercise. While also looking at the benefits that isometric exercise has for individuals. At Powerball we have been involved in creating isometric exercise devices for the upper body for 20 yrs. We know a thing or two about the benefits!

    What is Isometric Exercise?

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    If you are not familiar, isometric exercise means that as you are exercising there is no change in joint angle or muscle length. Whatever part of your body you are exercising you are stationary. Think planks, pushing against a wall or using a Powerball or Powerspin. With Isometric exercise, your muscles are working hard with the forces from the isometric exercise but there is little or no movement involved. Isometric exercise builds strength but has greater benefits in building muscle endurance. Climbers experience huge amounts of isometric exercise when the climb rock faces/climbing walls. This is why they have some of the greatest muscle endurance in the world out of any athletes.

    Concentric Exercise

    Concentric exercise happens when you undertake bicep curls or use a leg extension machine to exercise your quads in your thighs. The Concentric part of the exercise is when you lift the weight closer to your shoulder with a dumbbell or when push the weights upwards with your legs when exercising your quads. Your muscles feel like they are bulging and getting bigger. However, this is them also contracting and getting shorter as the joint angles changes as you lift the weights. This type of exercise is good for muscle building and strength. Basically ‘pumping iron’.

    Eccentric Exercise

    Eccentric exercise is the opposite of concentric in that your muscles are stretching and elongating. The below image shows eccentric exercises with a dumbbell. It is hard to do truly eccentric exercise on your own unless you have someone assisting you. In terms of athlete training, the most common form of eccentric exercise is in relation to explosive movements. Athletes use the power that’s built up in the eccentric phase of the exercise and then returning slowly eccentrically stretching the muscle out.

    Will Isometric Exercise build muscle?

    Building huge muscle solely with Isometric exercise is probably a bit unrealistic. It’s possible but the best (fastest) way to build muscle is with concentric movements (lifting weights). However, a key element of building muscle is placing enough tension on muscles in order to make them bigger and stronger. You are basically putting your muscles under strain and tension by working out, thereby, anything that does this will be beneficial for muscle building.

    You’re missing out…

    If you have never seriously tried isometric exercise before then you can make significant muscle and strength gains by incorporating it. At Powerball we are the home of Isometric gyroscopic trainers (Powerballs).Isometric exercise device The isometric resistance force that can be created can be upwards of 60+ pounds just by simply turning your wrists. Powerball alone will make a huge difference to your grip and forearm strength which will have benefits in other areas of your training.

    Complimentary exercise is advised for best results incorporating all types of exercise into your routine (isometric, concentric, eccentric)

    Isometric Exercise and Rehabilitation

    Isometric Exercise is the most effective type of exercise for rehabilitation. This is due to its non-impact nature which allows you to strengthen your muscles even while you are injured/ in a recovery period. Isometric exercises and stretches have been the mainstay of physicians helping people through recovery and for good reason. Isometric exercise helps the stabilization of joints such as wrists, elbows, and shoulders as well as stopping muscle wastage while in recovery.

    Recovery……

    If you broke your arm you would not be able to pick up a dumbbell and start doing curls (the cast might get in the way anyways!) However, you would be able to exercise isometrically like using a Powerball. Exercising promotes blood flow which has great health benefits for areas that are trying to heal. Isometric exercise is perfect for;

    • Sprains, breaks & fractures
    • Repetitive strain injuries (prevents & rehabs)
    • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
    • Tennis & Golfer’s elbow
    • Arthritic conditions
    • Tendon damage and on & on…..

    If you want to find out more behind the science of how Isometric exercise with Powerball aids rehabilitation visit our How it Works page.

    Warming up and Down with Isometric exercise

    Whether you’re playing sports, lifting weights or a musician etc it is advisable to warm your muscles up and down to ensure you don’t pick up injuries. Especially, if you are using your body and muscles in explosive bursts. Pitching a baseball, weightlifting (there is too many to mention). Stretching is massively important but so is warming up your muscles. Going straight into concentric exercises can lead to muscles tearing/ damage or repetitive strain injuries over time.

    Incorporating Isometric exercise into your warm up routine can solve a lot of those problems for you. Cold muscles can tear a lot more easily than ones that are warmed up sufficiently. That is where Powerball or Powerspin can be uniquely effective at allowing you warm your whole upper body up no matter where you are. They are the only isometric exercise device you will need to stay healthy and build strength at home, on the go or in work!

     Powerball Isometric Exercise Device

    Powerball is the home of gyroscope exercisers. A Powerball has a rotor (green wheel below) which spins on its axis as your turn your wrists. This rotor creates resistance as you turn your wrists which are known as gyroscopic precision (feels like gravity working against you). The faster the rotor spins the more resistance that is creating against the user. This resistance is purely isometric so your muscles work really hard even though they are static.

    Gyroscope….?

    If you want to find out more about gyroscopes and how Powerball works please see our blog which will teach you all you need to know about what a gyroscope and a Powerball is!

    What is a Gyroscope?

    There is a gyroscopic exerciser to meet everyone’s needs at www.powerballs.com! Below are our Powerballs in all their glory, however, we also have other isometric products like Powerspin. Powerspin is also an isometric exercise device that uses the same gyroscopic resistance as Powerball and is perfect for upper body fitness training and rehabilitation. See more about Powerspin @ Powerspin product page.

    Isometric Exercise device

    Powerspin isometric exercise device

    Powerball® is a gyroscope but what exactly is that?

    What is a gyroscope? Well, an agreed definition is…

    ‘A device consisting of a wheel, disc or rotor mounted so that it can spin rapidly about an axis which is itself free to alter in direction’

     

    Visually seeing a gyroscope at work makes it easier to understand for the uninitiated. So here’s a little video that sums it up nicely;

    Gyroscopes have some really cool applications. Most items that have spinning wheels somewhat resemble a gyroscope. Gyroscopic motion is actually present in bikes and motorcycle wheels as well as kids favourites like frisbees and Yo-yos (Big kids can love these too of course!).

    Gyroscopes Keep us all alive….

    Ever wonder why or how planes and space crafts can judge their direction with such absolute precision? Gyroscopes are used in virtually all aviation and space technology in order to measure precise changes in orientation and direction. This all gets bit technical so we won’t go into too much detail. Basically, when you try to change the direction of a spinning gyroscope this creates a force that instruments can detect with extreme precision allowing them to make directional changes to the plane or rocket they’re controlling.

    Precision Balance

    A gyroscope also helps items to balance far better once the wheel or rotor is spinning. As you can see from the video above a gyroscope has zero balance while its rotor wheel is stationary – it’s simply a lifeless inanimate object that falls over when you try to balance it. But once the rotor wheel is set in motion, the gyroscope comes alive, demonstrating almost “magical” properties. This allows gyroscopes to perform all manner of what seems like gravity-defying tricks and movements.

    Robots, Gyroscopes and not falling over

    Robots also use gyroscopes to help them balance. If a robot starts to lose its balance while trying to walk then its internal gyroscope senses this change in direction and counters this with an opposite force to keep it upright. You see, once a gyroscope is spinning and facing in one direction, it doesn’t like to change that direction and will “fight” hard against anything that tries to make it do so. Like a falling robot or an airplane being buffeted off course by turbulence.

    Here is a video which illustrates this. (Hint: you might see a familiar object being used as a gyroscope here 🙂

    Anyone who is familiar with Powerball® might now be thinking ‘hmm…was that a Powerball® rotor being used to balance the robot?’  Indeed it was…the gyroscopic inertial force generated by the spinning Powerball® rotor keeps the robot standing every time it looks like it might topple over…

    Take a look inside Powerball®…

    I’ve been mentioning a lot about rotors and here you can now see what a Powerball® rotor actually looks like. It’s that solid green wheel with the metal axle/bar running through its center (heavier, solid zinc rotors are used in metal series Powerball® models). In the example below, the rotor is encircled by a plastic support band which allows the rotor to spin freely in both its ‘X’ and ‘Y’ axis with almost zero friction. This is all then encased in a military grade plastic sphere (or stainless steel in the metal series models) and ready to generate all those amazing forces on your wrists and arms.

    Setting the Powerball® rotor in motion…

    Similar to how the gyroscope was started in the video above with a string, our cord-start Powerball® models can also be started this way too. The rotors can also be set in motion either using a quick snap of your finger or, better still, on our Auto-start models by simply rolling back and releasing the rotor as seen in the animated video below (the rotor may also be wound back with your thumbs if preferred). The Auto-start mechanism uses the same wind-back-and-release principle you’ll see in those toy cars where you roll the car backward and it shoots forward.

    So how does Powerball® work?

    Now that you’ve grasped the basics behind how a gyroscope works (and look, if you’re still struggling, just do yourself a favor and go and buy yourself a Powerball® – and find out for yourself!) The two main reasons Powerball® generates such powerful non-impact resistance force against the users are;

    1. Inertial Resistance
    2. Isometric Exercise

    Inertial Resistance (AKA gyroscopic precession)

    This is the force that fights against you when you try to change the direction of any spinning body (eg, like a Powerball rotor).

    So what is inertia? Recently, I was driving to work and had my lunch (which included soup) on the passenger’s seat of the car. I went around a roundabout (a little too quickly) and my soup and lunch went flying off the seat. And this, unfortunately in my case, is what inertia is; an object in motion will continue on its path until it is acted upon. I.e, my soup continued in a straight line until my door intervened!

    Inertial resistance in a Powerball works like this;

    • In Powerball® the rotor spins freely about on its axle.
    • Once spinning, this rotor wants to continue facing the same direction.
    • Exercising with Powerball requires that you turn your wrist in a circular motion;
    • Turning your wrist forces the rotor to change the direction in which it’s facing.
    • Changing the direction of the rotor creates inertial resistance.
    • And the faster Powerball® is spinning the greater the effort required to “knock it off direction” and so the more inertial resistance it generates. This can be anything up to a pretty incredible 60+ pounds of force against the user.

    Harness the Energy

    The inertial energy may also be used for some pretty cool features on Powerball®. For example, the energy can be used to power up little-LED lights embedded in the spinning rotor so that you can enjoy your own personal disco while exercising if you wish (maybe not!) It’s also used to power up the battery-free digital counter now present on some of the latest models, making the product 100% battery free.

    Isometric Exercise

    Isometric exercise is where joint and muscle length do not change during exercise, despite each being subjected to a constant force or resistance. For example, if you push your palms hard against both sides of a door frame then your muscles and joints will remain static yet your arms and shoulders will be under considerable pressure.  When you rotate your wrist while holding a spinning Powerball®, your fingers, hands, wrists, arms and shoulders will all be subjected to a highly targeted isometric force. Which muscles are exercised will depend on the position of the arm as you exercise with Powerball. Isometric exercise like this is uniquely adept at improving muscle strength & endurance as it’s been proven to engage a far higher % of muscle fibers over a given time frame when compared to traditional isotonic exercise (free weight training etc).

    For this reason, Powerball® has a long history with climbers, cyclists and arm wrestlers in particular swearing by it.

     

    Unique for rehabilitation

    Isometric exercise is also highly efficient for rehabilitation purposes. Concentric & eccentric types of exercises (raising and lowering a dumbbell for example) involve contracting or expanding of muscles. Both of these types of exercise can be very painful if recovering from a broken bone, sprain or fracture and particularly painful if you’re carrying a repetitive strain injury (RSI) where the tendon which attaches your muscles to the joints of the wrist, elbow or shoulder has become inflamed. Because Powerball® exercises and applies its force to your muscles while they are in a static position this means that it is much safer to use when recovering from such injuries. It is highly efficient at [significantly] reducing overall rehab times simply because you are able to strengthen the limbs even while carrying that injury.

    You can read more about the science behind how isometric exercise works for rehabilitation on our How it Works page.

    So, thanks for reading our small exploration into the world of gyroscopes from Powerball’s point of view – if you happen to know any cool or interesting facts on gyroscopes that could add to this article then please get in touch, we would love to hear all about them and add them to the blog.

    Cure Drumming Pain & Increase Endurance

    Play Longer > Play Harder > Play Healthier

    Powerball should be every drummer’s best friend.

    As an art form, drumming places exceptional demands on the body. The lifestyle of a performer does not generally promote good health habits; late nights, and likely little time to warm-up all will all eventually conspire to negatively effect a drummers health. Good habits start today, and with Powerball, we can increase your health and enhance your performance!

    • Play faster by building fast twitch muscle reflexes in your fingers
    • Play Longer by increasing your overall strength & drum endurance
    • Warm up and warm down quickly and efficiently with Powerball to stay healthy
    • Relieve & prevent repetitive strain injuries
    • Powerball is an isometric exercise device that strengthens
      • fingers
      • hands
      • wrists
      • arms

    Trusted by Physios and Professionals

    Used and trusted by professional and amateur drummers around the world, it’s suitable for all skill levels. Used for endurance training and for rehabilitation  Powerball is recommended by physios worldwide to help aid recovery from painful RSI conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis or breaks and fractures. Powerball is;

    • Non-Impact – Gentle for rehabilitation / Perfect for warming up and down
    • Can be High intensity- Powerball can create up to 60+ pounds of force (depends on how hard you push yourself)

    How Powerball helps drum endurance/play? 

    Isometric training is also a highly efficient method of building muscle endurance.  This helps you play for longer and reduces the risks of repetitive strain injuries in the elbows or wrists following long sessions. In fact, if you’re feeling stiff or sore following after 60 minutes of play, picking up and spinning Powerball for just 2-3 minutes will immediately reduce any discomfort and ensure full recovery prior to your next session – you can call it body armour for the wrists and arms.

    What is a Powerball?  

    It’s difficult to describe the surreal feeling of the resistance generated by a “live” Powerball until you actually experience it for yourself. However, the tennis ball sized Powerball is a gyroscope – a hollow sphere that encases an internal rotor which spins on its own axis. When that interior rotor is accelerated through the action of turning your wrist in a circular motion, this creates a centrifugal force that works against the user; the faster the rotor spins, the greater the force generated and the harder the person is working. Spinning Powerball increases muscular control and stimulates blood flow, which aids rehabilitation and strengthening of all the muscles which are critical to playing the drums.

    Physio Exercises

    Using a Powerball for as little as 3 minutes daily will improve a drummer’s endurance while also helping them stay healthy from fingertip to shoulder. A full suite of physio designed strength & endurance exercises are available which target all of the muscle groups needed during play (see on this page below or under videos tab).

    Pain from playing Guitar?

    Play Longer > Play Harder > Play Healthier

    Guitar play can cause repetitive strain injuries (RSI) anywhere in the upper limbs but is most common in the wrist. Powerball is body armor for your wrists and upper arms. Used by climbers to build wrist and grip strength it is a revolutionary world class rehabilitation tool from repetitive strain injuries.

    Why is there wrist pain from Guitar play?

    Guitar can be a pain – carpal tunnel and related repetitive strain injuries (RSI) from playing can be a common occurrence. The repetitive movements associated with guitar play cause damage and tearing to muscles and tendons. These pains can range form the mild up to seriously debilitating which can stop your guitar play completely.

    Stop ‘Guitar Wrist’

    Guitar Wrist’ and repetitive strain injuries or carpal tunnel from guitar playing can strike both professional and amateur guitar players alike. The strain that wrists, fingers and upper limbs are under from guitar playing can take it’s toll. This pain should not be ignored as it can develop into more serious problems that can stop people from playing altogether. Feeling hot, cold, tingling or needles can be the first sign of nerve damage that needs to be treated. Building muscle strength around the ligaments and tendons that support the wrists, fingers and elbows is the best way to prevent guitar based RSI’s.

    How Powerball Works relieves Repetitive strain injury from Guitar play?

    Powerball creates Isometric exercise which is uniquely suited to rehabilitation. Similar to the way the earth rotates on an axis the Powerball has a rotor inside it which spins creating resistance against the user as they turn their wrists. This type of exercise is non-impact so it can be as gentle as you like for rehabilitation. However, it can be high impact up to and incredible 60 + pounds of force when used for strength building when healthy.

    Strength & Flexibility

    The Isometric resistance Powerball generates strengthens muscles and builds endurance like no other exercise product. Powerball stimulates blood flow and promotes the production of synovial fluid in the wrist and elbow joints, both of which help to greatly reduce the occurrence of inflammation in the surrounding tissue. Powerball both prevents and cures RSI. Powerball is perfect for warming up and down after a long session, however, if it is used for as little as 3 mins daily you will notice an immediate difference in strength and pain relief.

    Guitar Wrist pain – Repair & Strengthen

    Guitar players have been using Powerball for decades. It is a rehabilitation device and a strengthening product combined. Strengthening damaged muscles and tendons is a key element in your recovery. You will recover from RSI from guitar play, however, another benefit is that your will also increase your strength and endurance as a result also.

    Man playing Guitar with Powerball to relieve RSI from guitar

    Physio designed Rehabilitation programmes & videos

    Using Powerball for as little as 3 minutes daily will help you to pick and strum with greater alacrity; relieve pain; guard against inflammation and allow you to play for longer.  A suite of physio designed exercise videos and programmes are also available for direct treatment and strengthening of the fingers, wrist, and arm (please see related videos on this page or a full list above in videos tab).

    Treat RSI’s from Guitar play with Powerball

    Testimonials

    Musicians should know about how great this thing works to strengthen your fingers.
    As a guitar player, grip and finger strength is very important if you want to play the blues
    like the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and Powerball definitely, helps you achieve that“

    Ivan Baker,

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    My PowerBall has increased strength in my fingers and wrist so that I can play guitar
    for hours without fatigue! I use it every day.

    James Graves,

    Tennessee, United States

    ”I’m a serious Powerballer and train to push my limits, I want to use this opportunity to express

    my thanks on how much Powerballing has improved my guitar playing, control, and endurance!“

    Hentie Van Loggerenberg,

    Pretoria, South Africa