TheraBand elastic band and tubing exercises are commonly used in rehabilitation to improve muscle function and pain. Researchers in Denmark have previously shown the shoulder lateral raise exercise with TheraBand tubing for as little as 2 minutes per day can significantly decrease pain in office workers with chronic neck/shoulder pain (Andersen et al. 2011). As part of that study, the researchers published a paper on the effects of the training program on rapid force development during shoulder abduction.
For 10 weeks, 2 groups of subjects performed either 2 minutes or 12 minutes of the TheraBand lateral raise exercise, 5 days per week, while a control group received weekly health information. After the 10 week program, both exercise group significantly improved their rate of force development by 16 to 18%, while maximal strength only increased 5-6%. There were no changes in the control group. This suggested that the patients may have improved their speed of contraction and resultant muscle power. Interestingly, pain was significantly related to the improvement in the rate of force development, but not related to strength.
REFERENCE: Jay et al. Effect of brief daily resistance training on rapid force development in painful neck and shoulder muscles: randomized controlled trial. Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2013 Sep;33(5):386-92. doi: 10.1111/cpf.12041. Epub 2013 Jun 11.
Disclosure: This study was supported with product from Performance Health.