TheraBand FlexBar, Tennis Elbow Therapy Bar, Relieve Tendonitis Pain & Improve Grip Strength, Resistance Bar for Golfers Elbow & Tendinitis, reviews, comments

TheraBand FlexBar, Tennis Elbow Therapy Bar, Relieve Tendonitis Pain & Improve Grip Strength, Resistance Bar for Golfers Elbow & Tendinitis

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.


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The hundreds of positive reviews are well earned, it works. But I can't help adding more.

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.

It's Monday morning and this came to me Friday night (so Friday I only got to use it once before bed). I used it Saturday 3 times and Sunday 3 times. I was feeling desperate because this aching tennis elbow has lasted for months now.

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.

After months of trying the traditional treatment of ice, rest, and NSAIDs for lateral epicondylitis ("tennis elbow"), and finding no relief, I searched for physical therapy exercises and came across the "Tyler Twist" that uses the Thera-Band Flexbar.

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.

I'm over 50 and weigh 154lbs. I've been playing tennis with pain for about a year now. I used arm bands, took extra days off, etc., in order to keep playing. But a recent tennis racquet and string change led to unbearable pain within several weeks--I could no longer play and I was sporting quite a noticeable swelling around the lateral epicondyle (the bone on the outside of the elbow). It was puffy and angry looking. I was in this situation several years ago, but I never really let the elbow heal properly before returning to the game. Back then I ordered the green flexbar and gave up on it within a few days because it caused too much pain. I took several weeks break and tried the bar again with the same results--no go.

This time around, I decided to approach the injury with a little more common sense. First, I found and read the highly successful study that was conducted in 2010 I believe. Next, I ordered the red flexbar which is the second lightest of the four flexbars: yellow, red, green, blue. I set my mind to following the study exactly and I incorporated some other information I read. Choosing the right color to start is perhaps the biggest unknown. Each person/injury is different, so the starting color depends on your best guess--that's why I chose the red bar this time around. I can't emphasize how critical choosing the right bar will be for you. It's better to err on the lighter side and graduate more quickly to the next bar than set yourself back with the wrong bar.

The study calls for doing 3 sets of 15 repetitions of the Tyler Twist altogether once per day. Each repetition should last 4 seconds from the time your injured arm is loaded to the time the wrist of your injured arm has reached its full range of motion (full forearm stretch). You reset after each repetition by taking your non-injured arm off the flexbar and returning to the starting position and repeating the exercise. The study states that when you're able to complete 3 sets of 15 (meaning physically complete the three sets without too much pain), then you're ready for the next flexbar in the series. Pain will be present in the beginning (my pain began dissipating after the first two weeks). It's the pain that dictates the color choice and how much torque you use with the non-injured arm when doing the exercise. If pain persists and increases during the 3 sets, it's a safe bet you need to go down to a lighter bar. The pain should decrease during the exercise (and you'll likely have post exercise pain which is normal if it doesn't carry over too long). Over the course of the first two weeks, you can expect the pain to become mobile--meaning the pain may move slightly to a nearby location on the elbow. This is also a sign that your forearm muscles, and tendon fibers near the elbow are beginning to strengthen and adaptively remodel to support further exercise. Don't get discouraged during the first few weeks as you evaluate changing pain symptoms. Also, it'll be normal for your swelling is reduced and your forearm muscles become stronger. That's what you want to happen in order for your arm to become strong enough to take on daily activities. Don't be discouraged at this point because seemingly simple movements will still cause pain. Hang in there because you still have several weeks to go according to the study--which stated that for the average person it takes 6 weeks to heal--some more, some less.

A word about doing the exercise: the Tyler Twist. Try to do the exercise about the same time every day so your body has time to properly recover for the next day's session. Don't do the exercise when you first wake up, your muscles, tendons, etc., need to be warmed up somewhat. The Tyler Twist: There are many incorrect examples online. Remember this: do not use an arm band during the exercise. Your arms should be completely straight out in front of you while your injured arm is loaded. Reset between each rep by starting over with only the injured arm bent holding the flexbar by your side. Go at a smooth pace, not fast and not slow. Do not yank your injured arm straight out in front of you--be gentle, especially in the early weeks. Also, at no time will you ever use your injured arm forearm muscles to twist upward--always downward, and only resisting for 4 seconds or slightly longer for each rep. Remember, your injury was caused by gripping, so you'll need to concentrate on a somewhat tighter grip during the resistance exercise (a slightly stronger grip than is required to hold the flexbar immobile while under load)--this may cause slightly more discomfort, but it will eventually cause the body to reinforce the tendon fibers around the bone to make for a stronger structure. In my opinion you should force yourself to stay on your first bar for two weeks to develop a good foundation. If you think it's too easy after a week or so, then simply add a little torque with the uninjured arm/hand in order to make it more difficult for the injured arm during resistance--it's easy to do this by going beyond the starting position with the uninjured hand while setting up.

Finally, therapists and doctors are very fond of post-exercise icing and stretching--in fact, they recommend you do it multiple times per day. That's fine if you want to go that route, but here's my take. I injured my elbow by swinging a racquet too many times and my forearm muscles simply weakened and couldn't keep up with the racquet whiplash over time--there was excessive stretching of the forearm muscles. Consequently, the tendons around the elbow began to bear the brunt of the work causing an inflamed elbow. My thought is, the Tyler Twist exercise forces you to stretch your forearm muscles while under load, so there's no need to do any extra stretching to the injured muscles. Next, inflammation on any part of the body sends a signal to the brain that there's a problem that needs repair. While icing may be good for a trauma to reduce major swelling, your tennis elbow is likely due from overuse, not a single traumatic event. With that in mind, it makes sense to allow the inflammation to continue to cause a request for help from my nerve center in order to effect a speedier repair vs impeding signals to the brain by icing. The signals will stop once the inflammation has completely subsided on its own. My two cents.

Be sure to do the exercise about the same time every day so you can properly recover before the next day's session. Drink lots of water, avoid excess salt and get as much sleep as possible. Good luck!

I had persistent, occasionally severe pain from golfers elbow for years. I'm a fairly heavy weight lifter and play quite a bit of tennis. Long periods of rest did not help, and braces/bands didn't do much besides help manage the pain. After using this (primarily doing the reverse twist) for ~3 weeks, the pain went down by 80%. After another 3-4 weeks it was completely gone. I stopped using the bar for a couple months and the pain started to resurface, so now i just make it a habit to do this while watching TV for a few minutes almost every day and the pain hasn't returned.

Within one day, this Red TheraBand FlexBar did more to relieve my arm pain and restore mobility that 5 weeks of massages, pain pills and arm bands. I would start with the Red one, which has a low level of resistance. Once you can easily do the 'Tyler twist' 3 times a day, 15 repetitions, the go for the Blue (medium) resistance one. Don't push it by going for the higher resistance ones too quickly. I find that the pain lessens from the 1st to 15th repetition, which signals that the resistance is not too high. I'm older but I decent shape and work out regularly. After 3 weeks, I now have built up to using the red one in the morning, and the green (medium) one in the afternoon and at night. I'll not start to use the Blue one until at least another 4 to 5 weeks of building up my strength and flexibility. If you follow the instructions and do the exercises 3 times a day (maybe 2-3 minutes max each time) it is really a life-saver!

This product is amazing. Had several cortisome shots followed by (30 days later) PRP. Extremely painful those were. The pain went away, but with a little activity the pain would come back. I tried EVERY kind of brace, cold and hot packs, massages, nothing helped. I was hurting in both elbows. Went to OTs, nothing helped. I couldn't brush my pain without pain. Then I found the flex bar. I bought the red one first. It did wonders. I was afraid to do almost anything fearing that the pain would come back. It worked great but seemed like the rubber loosened up or got weaker in strength. I had great results. I couldn'the believe it. I was pain free for awhile. Then the pain came back. I bought the blue one. It was way too wide. You need monsters paws for this one. And it's so thick that it's tough to get a workout with it. Then I bought the green one. It fits just right. The strength required is normal. It probably fits most guy's hands. I'm able to hit golf balls now. I could never do that before with the pain. The pain does come back. Not to the previous intensity bUT it's there. I pull out my green flex bar and let it do its magic. I have recommended this to at least eight people. They all love it. My father and his golfing partner for over 40 years have had tennis elbow for over 30 years. Not anymore. They golf pain free now. They were skeptics for a long time. I kept telling them. They kept refusing. Then my pops broke down and tried it. He loved it. His friend denied it for almost a year but saw my father was happy after swinging his clubs. Now he too is a believer. They are able to play tennis without pain, too. The pain will probably come after playing sports or lifting heavy stuff. All you have to do is pull out the flex bar and person the Jacob''s twist. My buddy is an OT. He says, "we have those, they're OK. Ha! It takes away business from him. Probably my best purchase from Amazon. And that says a lot.

Am 45 and consider myself very fit. Started doing calisthenics, which is basically more body weight exercises, mid last year. Not sure if age or weakness in that area or what, but began developing golfers elbow in my left elbow in Feb but did not know it at the time, just tried to work through it. By April I could no longer grip the bar to do anything with my left hand with out a severe amount of pain, 9/10 on a 10 scale, when doing things like pullups or chinups. Learned of the Flexbar in March, but did not order till Apr. Tried doing other things 1st. I stopped doing exercises altogether that required me to grip things and instead modified my workouts by using bands to work my biceps, triceps, and back. After about 2 weeks from when I received my FlexBar I began using the red bar and did the exercises listed for golfers elbow as often as possible, in excess, for 2 weeks, then the green bar for 2 weeks, and now I am on the blue bar. I still have pain but it now is at 2/3/4 when I grip things to test it. I can now hang from bars, without pulling up yet, and grip and lift small amounts of weight, a vast improvement. It sucks to still not be able to go through the full range of motion yet but the improvement has made me a believer in the FlexBar and I will stay the course. I am told it will take some time to get fully healed and so I am being patient..........................I also ice my elbow and take anti inflammatory s after every gym workout and in the beginning when I 1st used the red FlexBar

It works. Used it for medial epicondylitis aka Golfer's Elbow. It's not a miracle cure so don't expect one use to heal your elbow. It still takes time and rest. Suddenly my elbow started bothering me (probably from overuse) because of constant Crossfit workouts and my regular lifting/strength training program. There wasn't a particular moment that caused my elbow pain. I refused to see the doctor though I visited a chiropractor to see if any upper back adjustments could be done in the event that the nerve was being pinched from all the way up there. Between that, daily tricep/forearm massaging, refraining from movements that cause pain, and this Theraband, my elbow is finally getting better. I would definitely recommend the blue one if you're a strong person. I do it 10-12x twice a day.

I feel a little "weird" about writing a review about what amounts to be what is simply a rubber "stick," and an overpriced one at that (Although ALL of these are over-priced with this one being the most affordable) but I am because the thing just WORKS! So I guess I should explain why I bought this. Years ago I wrecked my neck wrestling; concussion, blackout, pinched nerve. But it was survivable and I didn't exactly seek out surgery and such. However, while it got better it never came back and that dang pinched nerve still remains. So jump some 45 years later (Gads, has it really been THAT long? Ouch!) it's flared up and affects my right side, from neck to foot. Now, we're not talking CRITICAL here, but when it got to the point that I can't pick up a cup of coffee, well, time to "take action!" (Do you hear the resounding blare of trumpets in the background?) These are generally sold to help with "Tennis elbow," but that's just one aspect they can help with.

So, my "call-to-action" was to try out some form of light therapy which led me to try this. I figured it was a good place to start and I ordered, from another vendor, the "green" version of this, what they generally call "medium." I guess pride drove that decision given I have a very long athletic history including karate, weights, heavy weights, jogging, tennis, so on. Well, the green one brought me to admit I should'a put my pride aside -- it was a bit to hard and painful -- and bite the proverbial bullet and try a red one, "light." (Sniff...)

At this point lemme do a slight comparison between the green and red ones. The green is thicker, of course, and "harder" to twist and bend. As said, in my case I had to admit, I needed a lighter one and working out just great (More on that later.) And also, the green one, from another vendor, cost more, and came just wrapped in plastic with a label; no booklet nor instructions. THIS one, the red one from this vendor was less expensive and contained some pretty impressive (for such a simple product) instructions, one with color pictures and explanations of the product, and an illustrated booklet showing a dozen or so different exercises that can be done with it, many of which I'd never thought of.

So now, to finish this review off I'll first say this vendor and this "Thera-Band" product is impressive and clearly better supported than the other "stick" I bought (Although the other stick is fine in and of itself, but clearly the Thera-band developers put more pride and care in the product they're selling.) But does it WORK? Well, while to early to state definitively, I believe so. Hey, after just a week or so (Longer if I include using the green stick) I actually NOW can drink that cup of coffee with my right hand, so I guess it passes the "coffee test!"

In time I believe I'll outgrow this red one and move to the green stick (And one Youtube video said a beginner should, as a generalization start with a lighter stick and move up so according to that advice (and common sense) that's the right move. After that, assuming this works as I expect, I'll forego these entirely and move back to weights. "Baby steps," I know, but I honestly think these sticks are what was called for for me to use. (And one last thing. The instructions/description says the equivalent "weight" supplied by the different colors are 10lbs for the red ones and 15 lbs for the green -- the green sticks never applied actual NUMBERS to these products and that does make some sense given elastic materials don't really provide "weight" per-se, but it's still nice to get some quantitative guides.)

So, obviously my vote is "RECOMMENDED." <smile>

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