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  • Upper body Thera-Band exercises good for core muscle activation

    May 6, 2013

    If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our email updates for new blog posts. Thanks for visiting!Core exercises have become popular in both fitness training and rehabilitation. The rectus abdominus and oblique muscles of the trunk are often considered part of the ‘core’ since they provide flexion, rotation, and stabilization. While flexion […]

  • Thera-Band exercise improves quality of life in knee osteoarthritis patients

    April 22, 2013

    Strengthening exercises are commonly prescribed for patients with knee osteoarthritis. Poor quadriceps strength is a risk factor for developing knee osteoarthritis. Researchers have shown that Thera-Band® resistance exercises can decrease pain and increase function in knee osteoarthritis patients (Brosky et al. 2012). Recently, researchers compared the effectiveness of resistance exercises to balance training activities, and […]

  • Biofreeze cryotherapy for acute injuries? Research supports vasoconstriction and pain reduction

    April 17, 2013

    Biofreeze® is a popular over-the-counter pain reliever. While menthol (the active ingredient in Biofreeze) has been classified as a counterirritant providing pain relief, recent research has suggested the mechanism behind Biofreeze is related to the stimulation of cold receptors in the skin. Dr. Robert Topp and his colleagues at Marquette University and the University of […]

  • Elastic resistance exercise dosing and knee joint reaction forces: Implications for ACL rehab

    March 25, 2013

    PART II: Elastic resistance exercise dosing and knee joint reaction forces In Part I, we discussed how Dr. Biscarini quantified the torque of elastic resistance training with goniometric graphs and equations, supporting the concept of elastic resistance exercise dosing that we’ve been teaching for years. In Part II, we will discuss Dr. Biscarini’s findings on […]

  • Quantifying torque in elastic resistance exercises (Part I)

    March 20, 2013

    For years, we have taught the concept of Thera-Band® elastic resistance exercise ‘dosing’: proper patient positioning to facilitate the production of a ‘bell-shaped’ muscle strength curve during isolated single-joint strengthening exercises. The key factor is positioning the origin of the band or tubing in line with the axis of rotation such that the “force angle” […]

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