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What resistance or force is produced by the bands and tubing?
How much do your products cost?
We sell our products through distributors. Prices for our products vary by each dealer. Contact our Customer Service department at 1-800-321-2135 for your nearest authorized TheraBand™ dealer.
Why do the bands or tubing break, and what precautions should I take?
With normal daily use, the exercisers should last for many months. However, they won't last forever. They may break if stretched beyond 300% elongation, or if they are used with small tears or abrasions. These small tears and abrasions usually occur at the "connection point" of the band or tubing to an attachment device. Therefore, always inspect the band or tubing (particularly near the connection) before use. It is recommended to use the TheraBand™ Door Anchor, Exercise Handle, and Assist for connection. Be aware that jewelry, fingernails, and other sharp objects may cause small tears or abrasions. Always protect the eyes during exercise with elastic bands or tubing. Do not stretch bands or tubing beyond 3 times their resting length (300% elongation).
When should I replace my bands or tubing?
Always inspect your bands or tubing for signs of wear, including small tears, abrasions, or cracks before use. Pay particular attention to the connection point. Always replace the bands or tubing with any sign of wear. With heavy use, such as in a physical therapy clinic, bands and tubing should be replaced every 1-2 months. The bands and tubing will not last forever, and will experience normal wear and tear with extended use. However, they should be safe to use as long as there are no visible signs of wear.
Can latex bands and tubing be used in a chlorine pool?
Yes, but the product will deteriorate at a quicker rate due to the chlorine. After each use in the pool, rinse the bands in tap water and hang them to dry. For extended use on land, apply a light dusting of corn starch before use.
Why and under what circumstances is it better to prescribe latex-free TheraBand bands over standard latex TheraBand bands?
The regular TheraBand™ resistive bands and tubing contain natural rubber latex. Latex allergies occur in a small percentage of the population (about 5-10%). When patients indicate latex allergy or sensitivity, they should use the latex-free bands. Also, patients with spina bifida tend to be more at-risk for latex allergy. Anyone using the latex bands or tubing that experiences an allergic reaction (such as redness or swelling on the skin near the band) should use the latex-free bands.
How do the TheraBand latex-free bands compare with the original latex bands?
The recently re-designed TheraBand™ Latex-Free Professional Resistance Bands were formulated to match the pull forces of our Latex Professional Resistance Bands.
Can TheraBand bands be purchased powder free?
The powder is used to keep the product from sticking to itself during manufacturing. The powder will be removed with normal use, and is not necessary for proper functioning of the product. TheraBand™ Latex-Free bands, however, do not contain powder.
What is the shelf life of TheraBand bands and tubing ?
When kept in a cool, dark environment, the bands and tubing should last for many years. However, use, exposure to temperature extremes, chlorine, and sunlight decrease the "shelf-life".
How do I connect the bands or tubing for exercise?
Always secure the bands or tubing to a sturdy, non-movable object. The TheraBand™ Door Anchor should be used to secure one end of the bands or tubing for exercise. It isn't advisable to tie the exerciser to a door knob or to "close" them in a door; this leads to early breaking. The TheraBand™ Exercise Handles and Assist can be used to grasp the exercisers. To connect to the legs or arms, use the TheraBand™ Extremity Strap.
How does TheraBand brand compare to other brands?
The resistance values and color progression for TheraBand™ bands and tubing are specific to the brand, and cannot be applied to other brands. Although there are several competitive bands and tubing, there is no published research demonstrating the specific resistance levels or performance characteristics of other brands.
Do you have a manual of exercises for bands and tubing?
Yes. Select "instructions" in the red navigation bar at the top of this page, or Click Here to view an Adobe Acrobat .PDF version (4Mb) of the "TheraBand Instruction Manual".
Also, please visit our Product Manual at Thera-BandAcademy.com, or contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-321-2135.
Why should I purchase Thera-Band brand instead of a competitive brand?
No other elastic resistive exerciser has been studied more extensively than Thera-Band bands and tubing. Thera-Band resistive exercisers have been clinically proven in use for over 30 years to improve strength, range of motion, balance, and functional activities in many different patient populations. The Thera-Band Academy also provides research and education for the use of all Thera-Band products. The exercisers are backed by the Hygenic Corporation, manufacturers of Thera-Band products.
How do the forces produced by bands compare to tubing?
The resistances of bands and tubing are similar between similar colors at the same elongations. For example, a length of red Thera-Band® band stretched to 100% elongation will have the same amount of force as a length of red Thera-Band® tubing stretched to 100% (approximately 4 pounds).
Are there any specific conditions under which bands would be preferred over tubing or vice versa?
Typically, the use of bands or tubing is a matter of personal preference. Both bands and tubing demonstrate similar properties in progressive resistance. However, bands allow more surface area to be covered during some resistive exercises.
How do bands and tubing compare to free weights (such as dumbbells)?
Elastic resistance has different properties than free weights, in that elastic resistance doesn't rely on gravity to produce force. Both elastic and isotonic resistance provide similar strength curve patterns ("bell-shaped"), similar muscle activation levels (EMG), and similar strength gains. The main difference is that the resistance produced by elastics must be quantified by noting the amount of stretch in the band or tubing. For example, a red Thera-Band resistive band produces 3.7 pounds of force at 100% stretch.
Doesn't the force increase at the end range, not allowing me to complete a full range of motion?
As with any resistive exercise, elastic resistance must be used properly. While the force of the bands and tubing does increase with elongation, the "strength curve" of elastic resistance is physiologically similar to human joint strength curves. This provides less torque at the beginning and end ranges, where the muscles can't produce as much torque.
How many repetitions will the bands or tubing withstand?
Elastic bands and tubing can last for a very long time with proper care and use. TheraBand™ elastic bands and tubing have been tested in laboratory settings at over 10,000 repetitions without any breakage.
How long can I stretch the bands or tubing?
We don't recommend stretching bands & tubing beyond 300% elongation (4 times resting length; for example, a one foot length of band stretched to 4 feet). The bands and tubing are more susceptible to breaking with greater than 300% elongation.
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How do I clean the TheraBand elastic bands or tubing?
Immerse the band or tube in fresh clean water in a sink or under a running faucet. Rub a small amount of mild hand soap over the wet band or tube and then rinse in fresh water. Lay flat to dry, or drape the band or tube over the back of a chair or similar object and allow to thoroughly dry. Once dry, rub a small amount of talcum, baby powder, corn starch, or similar powder over the surface of the band or tube to prevent sticking.
What length of band or tubing should I use?
The most important consideration is to be sure your band is not too short. If your band is too short, you increase the risk of snapping. A general rule of thumb is to use a length of band or tubing equal to the length of the limb you are exercising. The pre-cut lengths of Thera-Band resistance bands are 5 feet long (1.3 m), which is typically long enough for most exercises.
Do you support research projects with your products?
The Thera-Band Academy supports research around with world with Thera-Band and Biofreeze products. View the research support policy here. Once an online application is completed, reviewed, and approved, the products are provided. Researchers must maintain contact and report their findings to the Academy.
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Can TheraBand resistance bands / tubing be chewed for oral sensory input exercises?
TheraBand™ resistance bands / tubing are not intended to be used for oral exercises. Do not chew the resistance bands / tubing. These products are not toys and should not be used without adult supervision.
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