Resistant Band Training
Today we will be highlighting resistant band training and its role in the rehab and recovering process of neck, thoracic, and shoulder dysfunctions.
Like any component of the rehab process there is an appropriate time and place for implementation. Resistant training should only be used sparingly in the activity introduction phase, and used more regularly the building tolerance phase. It is almost never used in the pain management phase.
Remember there are 3 main phases in the healing process and recognizing which phase you are in is important. In the pain management phase, we are reducing the activities and allowing the tissue to calm down and reset. In the introduction to activity, we are beginning to performing small movements, and contractions. This is where resistant training can be initiated. Use small intensity levels and perform low amounts of repetitions in this phase. Once the body can tolerate additional activity, you can shift to the tolerance building phase where larger intensities and more repetitions can be used to help build tissue resilience.
Resistance training is critical to the rehab process as it allows you to strain/stress the tissue in a controlled and systematic fashion without over loading the tissue.
There is a large correlation between thoracic, cervical and shoulder pain. Many times, introducing, a generic upper thoracic strengthening exercises program (scap squeezes, scaption, shoulder rows high/low, shoulder extension, Internal and external rotation) can help introduce normal joint contraction and begin to build tolerance.
I will be adding YouTube vlog with resistant training exercises for those interested. Meanwhile check out the exercise bands that we recommend for patients.