Therabands: What are they and why you should use them

Why use Therabands?

They are light and compact and can travel with you! Your physiotherapist will often give you exercises to do to help you recover from your injury. Having the resistance band in your bag is light and takes up very little space. There is no excuse now whether you are working long hours in the office, travelling around the world, looking after your children you can have your Theraband with you EVERYWHERE!

PROGRESSIVE

Therabands come in a variety of strengths from yellow lightest resistance to black the heaviest. You do not have to keep buying new colours though as you can tie the band to make it more or less slack. For a harder workout, use a thicker band, add more bands or simply stretch the band more. Perform the same exercise for strength with a heavy band or for endurance and conditioning with a light band.

CHEAP

Therabands are not expensive and can be extremely effective in encouraging a full recovery post-injury. You can also use the band for general toning of muscles once you have recovered from your original injury, therefore, a good investment!

VARIETY

You can use the resistance band to help strengthen most muscles of the body and it is easy to adapt your work out sessions and adjust the reps and resistance. By just changing the speed of how you use the band can also change how the muscle is worked. Your physiotherapist will show you how to use appropriately in your session.

EFFECTIVE

Weight-bearing exercise is important for your health, particularly for muscle and bone development. Resistance bands provide muscle-building tension and can be used anywhere!

PREVENTATIVE

Resistance band training is low-impact and easy on the joints. Increased stabilizer muscle strength protects joints and keeps them pain-free.

SAFE

Resistance bands offer strength-training without the risk of dropping a heavy weight on your foot or crushing your fingers between weight plates. That makes them ideal for working out when you don’t have a personal trainer.

SPORTS SPECIFIC

Bands provide resistance to just about any motion and can be especially helpful for athletes. For example, if your Serve in tennis has been causing pain in your shoulder, your physiotherapist can design a strengthening program that is sport specific to get you stronger in that position.

Below are just two examples of ways to use the Theraband

1. SIDEWAYS CRAB WALK

Sideways crab walk with therabands
To help strengthen Gluteal muscles and is a great exercise to help activate the hip stabilisers.

2. SCAPULAR STABILISATION

SCAPULAR STABILISATION using therabands
SCAPULAR STABILISATION with therabands
This exercise is great to help stabilise the shoulder and therefore hopefully reducing pain.

Our physiotherapists at Kensington Physio aim to get you back to a pain-free stage and will happily design a preventative exercise plan for you.

Author – Lucy Mitchell

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