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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here is the answer to your frequently-asked question:


Your question was: Should I clean bands or tubing between patient uses?

Our experts said: We are not aware of any studies that have evaluated the transfer of bacteria through elastic resistance products. Repetitive application of disinfectants to elastic resistance exercise products will damage the product; this process can change physical properties and cause premature deterioration and failure of the product.

Bands or tubing can be used once and disposed, or they can be dispensed per patient. Thera-Band® Dispenser Packs of resistance bands, where each band is supplied individually wrapped in a sealed polybag with bar code that contains safety and latex advisory information, is designed to be sold to the patient for less than $6-$8. Although these bands are not supplied sterile or disinfected, they offer each patient a new band, professionally presented (not cut off a roll), and dedicated to that patient.

An alternative infection control measure is to attach bands and tubing to Thera-Band exercise handles, which can then be cleaned between patient uses. Simply remove and discard the foam covering from the handle and clean with soap and water or apply disinfectant the handle between patients.

Also consider the Thera-Band Tubing with hard PVC handles. These rigid handles are also easily cleaned with warm soap and water or disinfectant. Be sure that any disinfectant product does not get on the elastic resistance produt.


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?