What speed for rehab?
What speed should I work at for rehab and what speed for exercise?
I'm no expert, but for rehab I would say anything from 3000 to 8000 rpm, because at those speeds the Powerball isn't exerting too much force, (unless you have a Metal). For good exercise I would say 6000 to however fast you can go.
However, even at "only" around 5000 rpm, if you're not used to the movement then it's going to tire your arm muscles out in only a short time. So basically it's about whatever you feel comfortable with. As soon as you tire, or things start to hurt, give it a rest for a while.
I'd probably suggest that keeping it going, without being too cognicent of numbers would be best. I've used my PB for 2+ years, I'll go for an hour walk with it- once you can 'palm start' it, you can go anywhere with it.
p.s. I've already changed the 'suspension belt' (I think that's what it's called) because I wore it out. It's fun pulling these things apart, once the new part is in, it's as good as new.
Last edited by surfbeach; 26-09-2006 at 10:44.
What my son did after his wrist surgery was to try and reach a goal of one minute at any speed. Most of the time he couldn't even keep it going and would have to speed it back up with the other hand. It has been a year now of using the powerball but he still never does more than a minute at a time on that wrist. He can keep the speed going now but not more than 6000 rpm. Then he switches hands for a minute and then back and forth every min for up to 6 min. I know it doesn't sound like much but he has had huge impovements and gotten back a lot of what the doctors didn't think he would be able to.
That's exactly the sort of thing that I would do for rehab myself, so is the ideal sort of speed. I mean, I can maintain 10,000 rpm, at 20 or 30 second intervals with each hand, for up to half an hour, but that would be a VERY tiring workout for me. An hour of gentle exercise would be around 8,000 rpm. Rehab at about 6,000 rpm.
Originally Posted by BasketCase
To confirm this, I hurt my wrist a little during a heavy Powerball session on Monday evening. Yesterday I did quite a lot of gentle spinning with my Metal, averaging around 5000 rpm perhaps, and this morning I did a bit more. Now my wrist isn't hurting at all.
I love Powerballs!
i hurt my right wrist using the meal powerball.... but it seems to be ok now
Today I have been in the bed while watching the TV in the afternoon, later, when I left the bed, I felt that my left wrist was difficult to move up and down, inmediately I used the powerball at low speeds (not more than 8000) and the pain dissapeared in a few minutes.
Is the first time I use PB with a rehabilitation purpose and It has gave me a good result.