TheraBand® FlexBar® is used for wrist, forearm, and hand rehabilitation, and it has shown to be effective as part of a treatment plan for tennis elbow. The TheraBand® FlexBar® is made from natural rubber and is available in 4 levels of resistance.
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TheraBand® Flexbar® - Resistance Bar for Tennis Elbow
The Thera-Band FlexBar is a flexible fitness bar that naturally aids in relieving symptoms from Tennis Elbow, Golfer's Elbow, and various other upper extremity conditions. This twist bar, created for stretching the upper extremities and increasing tendon strength, helps reduce muscle soreness, tendon swelling, and joint pain.
An Overview of Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a common condition that affects over 200,000 people in the US every year. Tennis elbow occurs when tendons in your elbow are overextended, overused, and stretched beyond a comfortable position, usually by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Pain from tennis elbow takes place primarily where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the outside of your elbow. However, don't confuse tennis elbow with golfer's elbow, which affects the tendons but in the inner portion of the elbow. In both cases, pain radiates into your forearm and wrist.
Tennis Elbow Isn't Just From Tennis
The generalized term is hugely misleading because tennis isn't the only activity that precipitates this type of painful swelling of the tendons, also known as tendinitis. The swelling surrounds the elbow, forearm, and wrist. In fact, the activity doesn't have to involve sports at all. Unfortunately, any repetitive movement that involves the thumb and first two fingers in concert with gripping is an invitation for tennis elbow.
Examples of other activities that can lead to tennis elbow include:
- Discus or Javelin
- Playing guitar
- Chin-ups, pushups, and bench presses
- Forearm dumbbell curls or barbell extensions
What Is the Thera-Band FlexBar?
When recovering from elbow-related injuries, it can be nearly impossible to find the proper remedy with the many hand-grip trainers, splints, bands, braces, and straps available on today's market. The Thera-Band FlexBar, made from durable rubber with a rigid texture, promotes easier grip and better motor control, provides research-proven elbow pain relief, and naturally increases the strength of tendons for tennis elbow patients. There are four resistance levels, from extra light to heavy.
The Thera-Band FlexBar comes in these varied resistances:
- Yellow FlexBar (extra light) - 1 3/8 inch diameter, requiring six pounds of force to bend into a U-shape
- Red FlexBar (light) - 1 1/2 inch diameter, requiring 10 pounds of force to bend into a U-shape
- Green FlexBar (medium) - 1 3/4 inch diameter, requiring 15 pounds of force to bend into a U-shape
- Blue FlexBar (heavy) - 2-inch diameter, requiring 25 pounds of force to bend in a U-shape
The Tyler Twist Exercise for Tennis Elbow
The Tyler Twist is an easy rehab exercise for any tennis elbow sufferers. Follow these step-by-step instructions for 10 to 15 repetitions, up to three times daily for pain relief. The exercise involves an easy twist of the wrist, utilizing the Thera-Band FlexBar. Begin with the yellow FlexBar, and once you can efficiently perform the exercise with ease, graduate to the next color of resistance for a more significant challenge.
FlexBar is a portable piece of equipment that helps patients with injury rehab and injury prevention. Adding the wrist-extension exercises using the FlexBar effectively bolsters your strength and decreases your pain. FlexBar is positively proven to increase the strength of tendons by over 70% for tennis elbow. This is the perfect hand grip trainer for regaining arm strength and recovering from tennis elbow.