APTA Endorses Thera-Band Latex-Free Resistance Bands

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 7, 2010 — The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has endorsed the new and improved Thera-Band® Latex-Free Professional Resistance Bands, an important complement to the market-leading Thera-Band® Latex Professional Resistance Bands from Performance Health/Hygenic Corporation.

The endorsement is in response to requests by physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and their patients for a product that is as effective as the Thera-Band latex band system, but is appropriate for people who experience allergic reactions to latex. The new and improved latex-free bands use the same recognized colors and offer the same resistance levels as Thera-Band Professional Latex Resistance Bands that continue to be endorsed by APTA, as they have since 1995.

"The new latex-free resistance bands were endorsed by a unanimous vote by the APTA Endorsement Committee," said APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD. "This new product underwent significant clinical field testing with great results. We are proud to add the new Thera-Band Latex-Free Professional Resistance Bands to our endorsed product line."

The Latex-Free Professional Resistance Bands are part of the total Thera-Band® solution that includes clinical research, education, support tools, and a broad portfolio of progressive exercise products.  Each part of the Thera-Band solution is researched and engineered to support rehabilitating and restoring muscle and joint functions as well as improve conditioning, balance, range of motion, and strength.

Performance Health/Hygenic Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad portfolio of products for the therapy, rehabilitation, massage. and wellness markets. Maker of market-leading Thera-Band and Biofreeze products, Performance Health/Hygenic Corporation provides evidence-based protocols, education, turn-key dispensing, and pain management solutions: www.thera-bandacademy.com; www.biofreeze.com; and www.thera-band.com.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 74,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at www.moveforwardpt.com. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@moveforwardpt) and Facebook.

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