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

    November 18, 2013

    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 […]

  • Ankle muscle activation during exercises on different unstable surfaces

    October 31, 2013

    Unstable surfaces are commonly used during lower extremity rehabilitation exercises. These unstable surfaces generally increase muscle activation on a subconscious level, thus training the sensorimotor system. Many types of devices provide unstable surfaces for training, including balance boards, foam Stability Trainer pads, and air-filled Stability Disks and cushions. These devices vary in the interactions between […]

  • TheraBand home exercises as effective as formal therapy for rotator cuff tears

    October 21, 2013

    Rotator cuff tears are a frequent cause of shoulder pain. While minor tears generally heal with rehabilitation, full-thickness tears often require surgical repair. Many patients with rotator cuff tears, however, can be successfully treated with physical or occupational therapy instead of surgery. Researchers in Germany wanted to compare the effectiveness of a supervised therapy to […]

  • Can elastic resistance provide the exercise intensity needed to increase strength and power?

    October 18, 2013

    Researchers have established that elastic resistance is as effective as weights and machines at activating muscle, yet some still don’t believe that elastic resistance can provide an effective strengthening work out. Colado and Triplett (2008) showed that both a machine-based and TheraBand elastic resistance training program can produce similar, significant strength gains in untrained women. […]

  • Balance training progression for ankle rehabilitation exercises

    October 16, 2013

    Ankle rehabilitation exercises often involve a progression of exercises that gradually increase the challenges to balance and proprioception.  Therapists will progress patients from standing on stable surfaces to standing on unstable surfaces, or move from 2-leg standing to 1-leg standing in an effort to progress the intensity of an ankle exercise. Despite this common practice, […]

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