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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Your question was: What is the history of the Thera-Band Brand?

Our experts said: Thera-Band® brand products comprise the world's leading line of progressive elastic resistance exercise products for professional rehabilitation, athletic training and home fitness. They are developed and manufactured by The Hygenic Corporation.

Thera-Band resistance exercise systems are used as tools for rehabilitating and restoring muscle and joint functions and for improving conditioning, balance and building strength. Thera-Band product lines include latex and latex-free bands, natural rubber tubing, exercise balls, hand exercisers, flexible bars, exercise mats, stability trainers, aquatic exercise products, specialized kits for athletes and enthusiasts, and paraffin heat therapy.

The Thera-Band brand name was first introduced by The Hygenic Corporation in 1976 and has since gained an international reputation with therapists and sports trainers for quality and effectiveness. The Hygenic Corporation, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, is a multinational firm with two divisions: OEM and Specialty Products, which produces a diverse array of non-therapy products for use in a wide range of industries from medical devices to fishing lures, and the Thera-Band division, which manufactures and markets the Thera-Band brand product line.

The Thera-Band division is the industry leader in new product development and supporting scientific research on the benefits of exercise in rehabilitation, strength building, injury prevention and fitness. In 1999, the company founded the Thera-Band Academy, an international organization composed of leading physicians, therapists, athletic trainers and university faculty to identify new research for funding and develop an international body of knowledge on treating and preventing injuries and disease through various types of exercise.

The Hygenic Corporation was founded in 1925 by Walter P. Keith when he acquired the Hygenic Dental Rubber Company. Today, the company has approximately 300 employees worldwide. In addition to its Akron headquarters and manufacturing plant, it operates manufacturing and distribution centers in Ipoh, Malaysia and Hadamar, Germany.


TheraBand Elastic Resistance: Frequently Asked Questions
Can I exercise the same muscle with elastic resistance on consecutive days?
Can I print handouts from your website for my clients?
Can I use multiple pieces of bands or tubing to increase the resistance of an exercise?
Can Thera-Band resistance bands / tubing be chewed for oral sensory input exercises?
How much do your products cost?
Do I need to have eye protection while using Thera-Band elastic resistance?
Do the bands or tubing stretch out over time with repeated use?
Do Thera-Band latex bands and tubing contain phthalates, PVC, or lead?
Do you have a handout of precautions for patients using Thera-Band elastic resistance?
Do you have instructions for use for TheraBand Accessories (Assist Strap, Exercise Handle, Door Anchor)?
Do you have product instructions in other languages?
What are the bands and tubing made of?
Why do the bands or tubing break, and what precautions should I take?
When should I replace my bands or tubing?
Can latex bands and tubing be used in a chlorine pool?
Why and under what circumstances is it better to prescribe latex-free Thera-Band bands over standard latex Thera-Band bands?
How do the Thera-Band latex-free bands compare with the original latex bands?
Can Thera-Band bands be purchased powder free?
What is the shelf life of Thera-Band bands and tubing ?
How do I connect the bands or tubing for exercise?
Do you have a manual of exercises for bands and tubing?
Can I purchase single lengths of bands or tubing to replace the one I have?
How does Thera-Band brand compare to other brands?
Why should I purchase Thera-Band brand instead of a competitive brand?
How do the forces produced by bands compare to tubing?
Are there any specific conditions under which bands would be preferred over tubing or vice versa?
How do bands and tubing compare to free weights (such as dumbbells)?
Do elastic bands and tubing provide similar results compared to free weights?
Doesn't the force increase at the end range, not allowing me to complete a full range of motion?
How many repetitions will the bands or tubing withstand?
How long can I stretch the bands or tubing?
How do I clean the Thera-Band elastic bands or tubing?
How do I exercise at the appropriate intensity during a Thera-Band workout?
How do I know when to progress to the next color band?
How many calories are burned when strengthening with elastic resistance?
How do I purchase your products?
Do you support research projects with your products?
Should I clean bands or tubing between patient uses?
What is the Thera-Band System of Progressive Resistance?
What color band or tubing should I use?
What exercises should I do with your bands or tubing?
What is RPE or "Rating of Perceived Exertion"
What is the history of the Thera-Band Brand?
What is the OMNI Scale, and how is it used?
What length of band or tubing should I use?
What resistance or force is produced by the bands and tubing?