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September 6, 2012

Medically Supervised Exercise Program Significantly Improves Fitness and Mobility in Obesity Patients and Reduces Need for Bariatric Surgery

September 6, 2012

Obesity is a gateway disease that contributes to many medical problems including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancers, as well as mental disorders. In 2008, the overall medical care costs related to obesity in the US were $147 billion. Despite the availability of guidelines to treat obesity in the US, the prevalence […]

Performance Health Supports Evidence-Based Practice with 14th Annual Research Meeting

August 19, 2012

Akron, Ohio – Twenty-eight research projects, with findings ranging from obesity and exercise to neck and low back pain treatments, were presented at the 14th annual Performance Health Scientific Advisory Committee meeting (also known as “TRAC”), held July 23-25, 2012 in St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada. Sixteen international researchers and clinicians met to present and discuss […]

Biofreeze beats ice again!

June 25, 2012

Recreational athletes often suffer from delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which is defined as muscle pain that begins 1 to 2 days after unaccustomed exercise or exercise involving eccentric (negative) muscle contractions. Muscle pain can also reduce strength and limit range of motion. DOMS is thought to result from damage to muscle cells and subsequent […]

“Back to School” for Hip Patients using Thera-Band elastic resistance

June 18, 2012

Patients with hip osteoarthritis often have pain and decreased function. In addition, hip patients often exhibit muscle weakness, which often remains even after hip replacement surgery. In Germany, a group exercise program called “Hip School” has been using Thera-Band elastic bands and Stability Trainers for several years in patients with hip osteoarthritis and hip replacement. […]

What to look for at the ACSM Annual Meeting

May 28, 2012

Several members of the Performance Health Scientific Advisory Committee (TRAC) will have their research presented on Thera-Band® and Biofreeze® products at the 59th annual American College of Sports Medicine meeting in San Francisco this week, May 30-June 2.  Several other studies supported by the Academy will be presented as well.   Wednesday, May 30 Thiebaud […]

Is the Thera-Band Stretch Strap Effective?

May 21, 2012

Stretching exercise can help increase flexibility, but sometimes it comes with a cost of decreased muscle performance immediately afterward. Two common types of stretching are static and contract-relax, or “PNF” stretching (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation). In a recent review paper, I discussed the advantages and disadvantages of different stretching techniques: static stretching may decrease immediate muscle […]

A better understanding of the use of resistance and unstable surfaces in rehabilitation and training

April 9, 2012

Unstable surfaces such as exercise balls, foam pads, and balance boards have been used in both rehabilitation and fitness exercise programs. These balance devices are often combined with resistance exercises; however, some researchers have suggested that using resistance with instability exercise (also known as “Instability Resistance Training”) requires some modification in exercise prescription. Two experts […]

Thera-Band Elastic Resistance Bands Support Diabetes Care

April 2, 2012

Akron, Ohio –  Through a donation of Thera-Band® Professional Resistance Exercise Bands, Performance Health supported a Canadian best practice initiative to implement an evidence-based, theory-driven resource to address the challenges of physical activity counseling in diabetes clinical practice. The Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia identified the need to develop physical activity resources as a […]

What to look for at APTA Combined Sections Meeting Feb 8-11

February 2, 2012

As a Strategic Business Partner of the APTA and Partner in Research for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, Thera-Band® and Biofreeze® products are proud to participate in the largest national meeting for physical therapy next week. The American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting will take place February 8-11 in Chicago and bring together members […]

Biofreeze reduces blood flow faster than ice

November 28, 2011

The Academy Blog has shared several articles about research on the mechanisms of Biofreeze from Dr. Robert Topp. Recently, he published an article in the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation comparing ice and Biofreeze® gel on blood flow and muscle strength. 17 healthy adults were assessed for blood flow in their radial artery and wrist extension […]

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