APTA Endorses Thera-Band FlexBar

Lightweight, portable resistance exerciser has therapeutic applications. 

ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 6, 2011 — The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has endorsed the Thera-Band® FlexBar®, a portable resistance exerciser for improving dexterity, mobility, and grip strength, and rehabilitating and strengthening hands, wrists, forearms, and shoulders.

The rubber FlexBar is available in 4 levels of progressive resistance. In addition to strengthening the hand and forearm, it may be used for soft tissue mobilization and joint mobilization, as well as for neuromuscular and balance training.

The FlexBar has been shown to be effective for wrist extensor strengthening, reducing pain, and improving wrist and forearm strength when used with an appropriate physical therapist treatment regimen. A study published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery1 using the FlexBar showed an 81% improvement in elbow pain and a 72% improvement in strength for patients with tennis elbow.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 77,000 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.moveforwardptcom. Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@moveforwardpt) and Facebook.

1 Tyler TF, et al. 2010. Addition of isolated wrist extensor eccentric exercise to standard treatment for chronic lateral epicondylosis: A prospective randomized trial. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 19(6):917-922