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Serratus Seatbelt Work: Improve Scapular Upward Rotation

I’m wondering if you also have a similar question to the one that Australian Rehab Trainer John wrote in with last week?  (LOVE these types of questions by the way!):

 Hi Ulrik,


The taping video you released recently when his scapula was taped was very interesting…I’m just wondering how much demand gyms would have for skills a Master Rehab Trainer would have that a normal Rehab Trainer wouldn’t? Correct me if I’m wrong but if a clients limbs are being taped would that mean they are in some sort of pain?

And if they are in pain would we normally just refer to an allied health professional?

I’m just wondering if we would find these master rehab skills in demand if we are not physiotherapists?


[If you’re interested in my response feel free to scroll to very bottom..]

Exercise Physiologists and other “Injury Specialists”
Today we launch Melbourne and Sydney Rehab Practitioner courses for Injury Specialists of all types – a massive 3 day learning experience with 15 ESSA points.

You get so much equipment on this course (5 pieces!), including the Rehab Belt – which in today’s video we will give you a very small and simple taste of how you can use to overcome poor scapular movement and control. We have developed 65 unique techniques with the seatbelt alone – and you get all those in a USB to take home from the Rehab Practitioner so you can learn them.

So – enjoy using the Rehab Belt to activate and empower Serratus Anterior, and if you are a Master Rehab Trainer, Exercise Physiologist, open-minded Osteopath, Chiropractor or Physiotherapist – then we might see you soon on Practitioner!

Go Serratus,



Hi John – good question!

First, unless you attended a Masterclass how could you know whether the skills would work for a gym clientele…haha? 😉

The Masterclass skills are evolved for not just clinical use (physios etc), but also for gym use – for Rehab Trainers who are becoming quite specialised for their rehab / corrective exercise skills with clients who do have low risk aches and pains.

In regards to having clients in pain….Perhaps you have forgotten that the initial core skill of Rehab Training is “Risk Assessment” – the critical skill of deciding whether a client’s pain is high or low risk.  

The whole point of Rehab Training is to help clients in pain (most clients!), through movement correction (not through treatment or therapy per se). Once you are reasonably confident they are a “low risk” pain with your risk assessment, then you engage all your movement assessment, trigger pointing / myofascial release, and activation / exercise prescription skills to help them.

And if you have done Masterclass you would be able to do even more:

  • assess mobility deficits at a very high level,
  • teach them to use a Pressure Biofeedback Unit (PBU) to control their movement even more accurately,
  • and perhaps Tape them to enhance their muscle activation and learning (which also comes through having less pain of course!).

May I please use your question in a newsletter asap? [He said yes] It’s so at the core of what we are about, and I do think the message isn’t easily getting across to 75% of RTs.

Cheers mate and thanks again for the question,