Endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Theraband is one of the most effective tools for rehabilitation and fitness.  Physical Therapists use Theraband to rehabilitate injured patients to help build strength and balance.  Its mobility also allows patients to perform the exercises at home, office, or wherever they may be.

When you perform your exercises with resistance bands, you are essentially strengthening your muscles through isotonic or more specifically, eccentric and concentric contractions.

Eccentric Contractions

isometricAn eccentric contraction is when the muscle lengthens under contraction.  For example, when you are lowering a weight with your arms, your muscles are undergoing eccentric contraction.  Also called “negatives”, eccentrics provide improved muscle coordination and increased strength in the entire range of motion of each joint.

Concentric Contractions

Concentric contractions increase the strength and size of your muscles.  It occurs when the muscle shortens when it contracts.  An example of this would be when you are performing bicep curls and the arm is fully flexed.

Treated Areas

There are a number of conditions that you can treat with the use of resistance bands. Some of the more common include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Dislocation of Joints

Just be sure to consult with a PT if you’re uncertain about how to perform a certain exercise.