Theraband has become an increasingly popular fitness tool for those looking to tone muscles and increase strength. As an APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) endorsed product, Theraband or Thera-band is also an ideal tool used in Physical Therapy.
Theraband resistance bands are color coded according to their tension level. See the Theraband Resistance Band color chart for more information There are also three types of resistance bands. One is the elastic tubing that look similar to a jump rope that come have ergonomic handles on each end. Second are the long elastic bands. The third type are elastic loop bands or ankle bands that look like large versions of rubber bands used primarily for legs.
Theraband for Fitness
Studies show that there are added benefits to the use of resistance bands over free weights. While free weights require gravity and up and down movements, resistance bands like Theraband provide constant tension allowing you to target areas that would typically be more difficult with free weights. You can perform exercises that would involve kicking, punching, swinging (i.e., golf swing, baseball bat) and a range of other motions where the bands would provide continuous tension. For example, when you perform bicep curls with free weights, the tension gets weaker at certain points but with resistance bands, the tension is constant throughout the full range of motion.
Theraband for Physical Therapy
Theraband resistance bands have been used for Physical Therapy for years. They provide effective resistance training without affecting the joints or exacerbating any injuries. Due to the full range of motion that the bands provide, Physical Therapists are able to help patients increase their strength.
There are a number of Theraband exercises that can be performed with any one of the resistance bands. From common leg exercises to regular arm exercises, you can follow the traditional routines or you can get creative. Use your surroundings like the door or chair to assist you with your workouts. Most importantly, make sure to inspect your bands prior to use to insure safety. Last thing you would need is to have the band snap!