The shoulder is a dynamic joint that can move in many directions, and your rehabilitation device must be able to do the same. The high-intensity ERMI Shoulder Flexionater® has been proven to increase motion for those with restricted external rotation, abduction, flexion, and even internal rotation.

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Combing your hair. Brushing your teeth. Or Reaching a high shelf. All of these arm movements require a full range of motion in the shoulder joint.

The shoulder has many different components, including the glenohumeral joint, which allows the arm to be raised, lowered, moved away from the body. People don’t think about normal shoulder motion until it is impaired by post-op complication or adhesive capsilitis, also known as ‘frozen shoulder’.  According the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, frozen shoulder affects about 2 percent of the general population.

Following injury or surgery, patients may develop arthrofibrosis in the shoulder, some severe.. This abnormal growth of fibrous ‘scar tissue’ around the ball and socket joint, leads to loss of motion and can seriously affect activities of a daily living.  Loss of motion is experienced for as many as 30 percent of patients suffering from activity limiting motion loss beyond a few weeks. As time progresses, the scar tissue becomes less flexible and adaptive, and hardens. ERMI Shoulder Flexionater® works on up to 3 movements in the shoulder and increases its range of motion across all planes – external rotation, abduction, and internal rotation. Working at home as adjunct to physical therapy, a patient can stretch out a severely stiff shoulder with rapid and lasting results.

“Studies have shown that motion gains in abduction also result in increased motion in other ways, including over head and forward reach.” – Mark S. Albert, M. Ed. PT, ATC, and S.C.S.

External Rotation and Abduction:
The vast majority of shoulder surgery motion deficits and arthrofibrosis occur in and around the glenohumeral joint. The ERMI Shoulder Flexionater® is designed to first improve external rotation and then abduction. An antirotation bar keeps the patient in place while working external rotation. A pad on top of the shoulder keeps the joint in place while working.

Internal Rotation:
Internal rotation deficits can sometimes be difficult to overcome. In these cases, physicians specifically order an ERMI Shoulder Flexionater® with an explicit goal of improving Internal Rotation. Due to this need, ERMI has now designed an internal rotation adaptor kit, when a special order by a physician is made. We have found patients suffer from limitations to dressing themselves, and other daily activities and our multi-use device can extend range of motion in what has been more difficult to address prior to our innovation.

View Device Video for External Rotation, Abduction, and Internal Rotation.

Download Suggested Instructions for Use (pdf format), but make sure you follow all recommendations from your treating physician or physical therapist.