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

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 […]

Exercises for stroke survivors improve strength and function

Cerebrovascular accidents (CVA) often lead to disability and sometimes death due to lack of oxygen to different parts of the brain. These are also known more commonly as a “stroke,” and can cause weakness of the trunk and extremities, usually on the side opposite the brain damage. For example, a stroke affecting the left side […]

Regular exercise in assisted living maintains function and reduces falls

As the aging population increases, many older adults are moving into assisted living facilities to maintain their independence. Exercise programs are now a standard offering at most assisted living facilities not only as a ‘benefit,’ but also to maintain functional independence and prevent falls. Programs such as the First Step to Active Health using Thera-Band […]

Home exercise with Thera-Band® tubing reduces knee pain in older Japanese women

It’s been suggested that 25% of people over the age of 25 experience persistent knee pain (Peat et al. 2001); furthermore, it’s estimated that one quarter of adults with mild to moderate knee pain will develop severe or disabling pain within 3 years (Jinks et al. 2008). Several studies have shown that exercises with elastic […]

Thera-Band® resistance vital part of older adult home exercise study

Thera-Band® Academy has been supporting clinical research projects around the world for over a decade. The research helps validate the use of Thera-Band products and provides clinicians with evidence to support practice. Several years ago, the First Step to Active Health® program was developed in response to a “call to action” by the National Blueprint […]

Thera-Band exercises effective for acute ankle sprains

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports. Rehabilitation exercise after ankle sprains include active and resisted exercises, often performed with a Thera-Band® elastic band. Reduced ankle dorsiflexion range of motion (ROM) is considered to be a sign of significant injury and can affect gait and function. Researchers at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, […]

Balance training effective at reducing falls and improving function

Fall prevention exercise programs are becoming increasingly popular. Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of strength and balance exercises in reducing the risk of falls in older adults. National organizations such as the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend a multi-factoral approach to fall prevention because of the numerous […]

Exercises with elastic resistance more effective than passive shockwave treatment

  Shoulder impingement is a common cause of shoulder pain that responds well to active, therapeutic exercise. A more passive “shockwave treatment” has recently been used to treat impingement. This passive modality was compared with an active exercise treatment in shoulder impingement patients in Norway. The study published in the British Medical Journal compared 12 […]

Systematic review supports use of elastic resistance exercise for shoulder impingement

Shoulder impingement is a common cause of chronic shoulder pain that can be treated with exercise. Impingement can be caused by a structural narrowing of the space between the humeral bone and acromion of the scapula, or by a muscle imbalance of the rotator cuff and/or scapular stabilizer muscles. These types of impingement are referred […]

Preventing shoulder impingement in overhead workers with Thera-Band® resistance bands

Shoulder impingement is common in people who perform repetitive overhead work. For example, as many as 70% of construction workers report shoulder pain, compared to 25% of the general population. Physical therapy researchers studied shoulder pain in 240 construction workers. In their prospective study, ½ of the workers participated in a home exercise program designed […]

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