Rehabilitation is hugely important after any type of injury. Incorrect or nonexistent rehab can lead to pain, inflexibility, and weakness that could last for months or years. Simple rubber exercise bands can not only help rehab your body, but can also be safely and easily used for a variety of needs even after your injury has healed.
Which Injuries Do Exercise Bands Help?
Exercise bands are great for nearly any type of injury to the joints or muscles and can even be used to improve flexibility if you have arthritis. However, they are particularly effective on the following types of injuries:
- Tennis elbow
- Knee injuries
- Ankle sprains
- Hip bursitis
- Shoulder dislocation
- IT band syndrome
When Should Exercise Bands Be Used?
Even though your body will first need some time to heal before you break out your resistance band, you may be surprised at just how soon after certain injuries you can use these simple tools to improve your strength. Some areas can be worked out just three days after the injury occurred. Major ligament or tendon tears will definitely need more time than this. In general, make sure your pain is mostly gone before you begin to use exercise bands.
Check with your doctor or your physical therapist before starting any new type of workout after an injury. Not only will you be able to find out if you are healed well enough to begin, but also you will get tips on how to best use the exercise band to heal your injury.
What are the Benefits of Using Exercise Bands?
Exercise bands come with many benefits. They are very small and lightweight, making them easy to take with you anywhere you go. This also makes them perfect if you travel frequently. Plus, they come in a variety of resistance levels, letting you start with light resistance and increasing as you go. They are quite budget-friendly and are simple enough to be used by nearly anyone. They will help you in the following ways:
- Improvements in muscular strength
- Improvements in joint stability
- Improvements in balance and flexibility
- Assistance during difficult moves
Be sure to check with your doctor or therapist before working with exercise bands yourself. However, these cheap and portable tools can take your workout to the next level and can help you rehab your joints and improve muscular strength following an injury. If you’d like to see if working with exercise bands can help your rehabilitation from injury, contact New Heights Physical Therapy today!
Exercise Bands to Rehab an Injury in Portland OR and Vancouver WA
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