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“Tyler Twist” Exercise with Thera-Band® FlexBar® for Tennis Elbow on NPR

July 27, 2011

The popular Tyler Twist exercise for tennis elbow with the FlexBar was recently featured in a story on National Public Radio (NPR). Reporter Allison Aubrey featured physical therapist Barton Bishop at Sport and Spine Rehab in Rockville, Maryland instructing a patient in the exercise. In the interview, Dr. Bishop helped demonstrate the exercise with his patient, Larry Holzman, who is having a successful rehabilitation with the FlexBar exercise. Link to the story, “A Rubber Twist on Treating Tennis Elbow Pain” here. The webpage includes a link to a video demonstration featuring Holzman and Dr. Bishop. You can also listen to the interview from NPR here.

Researchers at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT) at LenoxHillHospitalin New Yorkpublished an article in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery showing that the Tyler Twist is effective at significantly reducing pain and increasing strength in patients with tennis elbow. Tim Tyler, president of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Sports Physical Therapy Section was the lead author of the study. The Thera-Band FlexBar was recently endorsed by the APTA.

The results of the study were first released in July, 2009. Since then, many media outlets have featured the story, including the New York Times and Readers Digest. In addition, many people have described how the Tyler Twist exercise has helped relieve their tennis elbow pain in comment boards on the Internet. YouTube videos demonstrating the exercise have accumulated over 250,000 views.

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  1. Posted July 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Exercise therapy is so important for the rehabilitation of all injuries. Before starting the exercise therapy part it is so important to make sure that the joint being brought thru motion is not restricted. Many times, tendonitis like tennis elbow is occurring because the joint isn’t moving well, therefore the muscles, tendons and ligaments have to strain more to get the joint to move. As a sports chiropractor in Freehold, NJ I work a lot on tennis elbow, golfers elbow, rotator cuff syndromes, etc and after increasing motion with extremity adjusting and stretching, we then incorporate exercises to strengthen.

  2. Posted July 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Regularly I don’t make comments on blogs, but I’ve to point out that it article really forced me to try and do so. Really fabulous blog post.

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