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TheraBand FlexBar, Tennis Elbow Therapy Bar, Relieve Tendonitis Pain & Improve Grip Strength, Resistance Bar for Golfers Elbow & Tendinitis
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- TheraBand FlexBar Blue is ideal for fitness experts and athletes looking to increase grip strength and perform advanced oscillation exercises
- Clinically researched and proven to reduce elbow pain by 81% and increase strength in the tendons by 72% in tennis elbow patients, Tyler Twist with FlexBar is simple and works
- Ridged design is easy to grip and twist, ideal for sports grip training for Crossfit, kayaking, rock climbing, weightlifting, rowing, gymnastics, martial arts and advanced racquet sports
- FlexBar is portable and convenient exercise, rehab, and injury prevention equipment, packaging includes detailed exercise instructions
- 12” long, 2” diameter, made from dry natural rubber, takes 25 pounds of force to bend to a U-shape
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Treat Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, and Tendonitis and Improve Hand Strength
Research-Proven Elbow Pain Relief
The TheraBand FlexBar is clinical-research-proven to be effective in treating Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow. The landmark study, covered by the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, and many other national and International publications, showed that one exercise performed with the TheraBand FlexBar reduced elbow pain by 81% and increased strength in tendons by 72% for Tennis Elbow sufferers. The TheraBand FlexBar is a simple, cost-effective, surgery-free, and injection-free solution for Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow.
Simple and Effective
The TheraBand FlexBar is a flexible, durable device used to complete hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow exercises that improve grip and forearm strength through bending and twisting. It also provides excellent upper extremity stabilization exercises through easy oscillation movement. TheraBand FlexBar is perfect for those looking to strengthen the elbow, wrist, forearm, and hand for sports, painting, rock climbing, guitar playing, and many daily activities like opening doors and jars. The simple exercises are provided with the product. By progressing from one resistance level to the next, the FlexBar family offers a measurable, functional exercise and training program.
The Perfect Complement: Hands-On Professional Care
Trained healthcare professionals have the skills and education to provide comprehensive therapy and informed treatment. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other practitioners are uniquely trained and specialize in various treatment methods using the FlexBar. To experience hands-on healthcare for your injuries, rehabilitation or conditioning programs, visit the Performance Health website to locate a provider near you. To ensure you receive a 100% authentic TheraBand FlexBar, only purchase from your hands-on professional, an authorized TheraBand distributor, or an Amazon page that clearly shows the products ship from and are sold by Amazon.
- 4 levels of progressive difficulty.
- Made from dry natural rubber.
- Ridged design.
- 12 inches long.
- Made in USA.
Exercise Instructions Included
The TheraBand FlexBar comes equipped with exercise instructions to ensure proper and effective use. These at-home exercises mean you can treat elbow, hand, wrist, and forearm pain without receiving additional expensive treatment. For example, the exercise for treating Tennis Elbow is a simple, single movement that is clearly documented in pictures (see below) and video. This is true for the other strengthening exercises.
The FlexBar is also portable for your convenience, providing you with a strengthening and pain relieving device that can be used at home and on the go. Easily take it with you on a business trip or vacation to never miss any of your workout or rehabilitation routine.
Tyler Twist Exercise
Repeat 10-15 Times Up To Three Times A Day.
Begin with the yellow FlexBar and progress to the next color when you can easily perform three sets of 15.
Tyler Twist Step 1:
Hold the FlexBar vertically in front of you, with your injured hand on the bottom end, and extend your wrist.
Tyler Twist Step 2:
Grasp the upper end of the bar with your other hand, facing your palm away from you.
Tyler Twist Exercise
Tyler Twist Step 3:
Twist the bar with the top hand as you stabilize with the bottom hand.
Tyler Twist Step 4:
Hold both wrists steady as you extend both elbows in front of you, turning the FlexBar horizontally. The wrist on your injured side should be extended and your other wrist flexed.
Tyler Twist Step 5:
Slowly release the bar with your injured side while maintaining tension with the uninjured side.
Track your progress by advancing to the next FlexBar level!
The extra light yellow FlexBar has a 1 3/8 inch diameter and takes 6 pounds of force to bend in a U-shape, making it ideal for beginner patients, youth, seniors, and those experiencing a high degree of elbow pain.
The light red FlexBar has a 1 ½ inch diameter and takes 10 pounds of force to bend in a U-shape, providing an increased difficulty. Red is the typical starting point for Tennis Elbow exercises among women and is ideal for their strengthening needs.
The medium green FlexBar has a 1 ¾ inch diameter and takes 15 pounds of force to bend in a U-shape. This FlexBar is great for pain relief in musicians, painters, and gardeners. Green is the typical starting point for Tennis Elbow exercises among men and is ideal for their strengthening needs.
The heavy blue FlexBar has a 2 inch diameter and takes 25 pounds of force to bend in a U-shape, making it ideal for advanced and elite sports grip training for CrossFit, kayaking, rock climbing, weightlifting, rowing, gymnastics, martial arts, and racquet sports.
Due to popular demand, we are now including printed, illustrated instructions of the "Tyler Twist" tennis elbow exercise. The Thera-Band FlexBar is a flexible, durable resistance device with a ridged surface for enhanced grip during use. It is used to improve grip strength and upper extremity stabilization by bending, twisting, or oscillation movement. It has been research-proven effective for Tennis Elbow, offering a cost-effective treatment that requires no injection or expensive equipment. Thera-Band FlexBar is 12" long and is made from dry natural rubber in 4 progressive resistance levels to match user capability. Now recommended for relief of chronic tennis elbow. Also recommended for relief of "golfers elbow" (medial epicondylitis). The Thera-Band FlexBar is made from natural rubber and isavailable in 3 levels of resistance. A non-surgical, research-proven solution for tennis elbow and golfer's elbow relief, the TheraBand FlexBar also improves hand, arm and shoulder strength. A cost effective treatment that requires no injection or expensive equipment, the FlexBar is clinically researched and proven to reduce elbow pain by 81% and increase strength in the tendons by 72% in tennis elbow patients. TheraBand FlexBar exerciser is a flexible, durable resistance device with a ridged surface for enhanced grip during use. It can be used to improve grip strength and upper extremity stabilization by bending, twisting, or oscillation movement. Resistance levels increase with each of the four available color-coded diameters. Other exercises include activity simulations, wrist abduction, thumb strengthening, eccentric twists and soft tissue manipulation.
Color: Blue - Heavy | Style Name: New Version
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I had quite severe tennis elbow, and like most, didn't seek treatment for months because the closest I've ever been to a tennis court is watching Wimbledon on T.V., and I kept expecting it to heal up. My wife was ready to divorce me because I couldn't open jars or pour her coffee--although to be fair, I also was trying to use my elbow as an excuse for not doing the dishes. (The circular scrubbing motion was agonizing, you see.) But I'm sure everyone who is reading this is in the same boat as far as pain and duration of the condition, so that's not of interest. The two things I can add are these:
1. If you are beginning the exercise after you've had the condition for a long time, like me, do not expect a "miracle cure." In fact, I got quite discouraged after the first week and a half, because of lack of progress. But a little more after the 2 week mark, doing 3 sets of 15 a day, I began to notice slowly diminishing soreness and stiffness, and now, after a little more than month, I have no pain flexing and extending my arm. (Its still agony to do the dishes, though!) The reason I'm confident it was the bar are the months of no change prior to starting the exercise.
2. Although there is, understandably, a little uncertainty about what strength to buy, and I would recommend the medium green because of that, I think there is more leeway if you are using it for therapy. I bought the blue bar by mistake. (Saw the picture of a green bar, and didn't read the text that clearly said "blue--heavy."). But after receiving the package, and confirming the order was my mistake, I gave the blue bar a try before returning and it was fine for me, and believe me, I'm no strong man.
Keep in mind that if you are buying the bar for the "Tyler Twist" for tennis elbow, you are twisting the bar with your good arm, and then you control how much you resist the untwisting with your bad arm. At the beginning, I had to let the bar turn my bad arm's hand without resisting the movement. Then, as I got stronger, I gradually increased my resistance, and by the end, I appreciated that it was a challenge. I now know I must resist the untwist.
Of course, you have to be able to twist the bar with your good arm to begin with, so probably the blue one is too stiff for some people. Also, the ridges do tend to make the hands a little sore if you have to grip it hard to twist it, as I do. So that would again argue for the medum strength.
But otherwise its simple design serves its purpose, and $15, while a little high for a ridged hunk of rubber, is worth it for the elbow relief.
I got mine when I had to do a repetitive motion using my mouse and keyboard 22,000 times in the span of 3 days. Killed me ever since. It was invading my sleep - I'd wake up aching. Turning over in bed, I'd wince at the pain of having to lift my arm. Couldn't lift my coffee cup.
Really didn't want a cortisone shot - I'm a scaredy cat :( So I looked online for remedies. I found an article that talked about the Theraband Flexbar and I read the reviews. It's cheap enough to be considered a "wth, I'll go for it" purchase.
The instructions online on YouTube were helpful. I started the exercises and the first couple hurt - but it's one of those good hurts, like when you stretch a back that's in pain. As you do the exercises, it starts feeling better.
The last 2 mornings, I've woken up realizing I got a good night's sleep. I can lift my coffee cup again. It's still sore, but not as bad.
Now one thing I want to mention is what I did. I did the usual twist exercise as the video and instructions tell you to (I did 15 reps 3 times a day). I also do it whenever my arm aches because after the first one, it feels better.
I also found one video from a doctor who said to find the most tender spot on your elbow and rub it vigorously horizontally, not vertically down the length of your arm. So I did that. He said it helps improve circulation to the spot and heal the inflammation. So I do that. What you're looking for, he said, is for it to hurt for half a minute and then go numb. If you get that numb/feel better feeling, then it's working. If not, don't do it. I have that, so I do it every time I do my exercises, afterwards.
I also found another exercise to strengthen my arm using the Flexbar. You hold the end of the bar with the majority of it sticking upright. Then extend your arm and just wiggle the bar back and forth front-ways and then side-ways. It also hurts a bit, but you can put your other arm on the affected one and feel how it's using those muscles. I don't do this as often.
Really pleased with this. Even if it didn't improve anymore than where it's at now, I'd be happy. But I can only see it getting stronger and less painful the more I do it. I'll report back after a couple of weeks.
UPDATE: It's now been a couple of weeks. My arm is great! It is a teeny tiny bit sore, but I use this Flexbar all throughout the day - just 1-2 twists anytime it starts to hurt (probably 6 twists total every day).
I made a video now to help show you what I learned about using it. What helps. Basically, I keep it by my bed to twist 1-2 times when I wake up. I keep it on my desk to twist if I'm every busy doing lots of keyboard to mouse stuff and it gets sore. I even take it in my car because if I'm running tons of errands and it ever gets achy or stiff, I do 1-2 twists at the stop light and I'm good to go!
Really happy I found a solution without having to get cortisone shots. I'll probably order the next levels of resistance soon.
All I can say is that it's a miracle cure. By the time I built up to doing 15 repetitions (which took about a week), the symptoms were almost gone.
One caveat: I'm a reasonably strong guy, so I ordered the Medium (green). In hindsight, I should have started with the Red (light). For anyone who is elderly or who has weak muscles, the Extra Light (yellow) would be even better.