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Simple TheraBand exercise for neck pain patients improves muscle function and reduces pain

November 18, 2013

thera-band-shoulder-lateral-raise-tubing-femaleTheraBand 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.


  1. Posted November 18, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    An exercise rehab program is important for all conditions. It’s a matter of incorporating the exercises at the right time. As a chiropractor I feel it’s important to first do passive treatment to reduce pain. Such things as adjustments, stretching, electric stim or ultrasound. Then add in the exercises to strengthen and stabilize.
    Theraband products are a great tool to do these exercises in office and at home.

  2. md majid khan
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    As a physio i strongly feel the importance of exercise rehab, i truely agree with the concept as most of my patients are getting better with neck muscles stabilizing and strengthening exercises along with posture correction as an integral part of treatment with few modalities as required. Theraband gadgets are my first choice for exercise rehab of any condition in my clinic.

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