October 1, 2010 — Nineteen research projects, with findings ranging from the effectiveness of pain relief methods to the measurable impact of exercise, were presented at the 12th annual Thera-Band Research Advisory Committee (TRAC).
Fifteen international researchers and clinicians met to present and discuss research on Thera-Band and Biofreeze products. The diverse group represented five different countries and included physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and university professors.
“As an organization, we have been committed to supporting evidence-based practice for over a decade. Our TRAC research helps professionals understand how to best utilize our effective products in practice,” said Phil Page PhD, PT, ATC, director of education and research for the Thera-Band Academy. “The diversity of the TRAC professionals ensures a great blend of clinical and research knowledge, and exposes different points of view from various disciplines and cultures.”
“This year’s research topics ranged from applied science to clinical outcomes, and most will support patient satisfaction, improved clinical outcomes and/or lower healthcare costs,” added Page. “I’m not aware of any other manufacturer that invests at this level to support evidence-based practice with their products.”
The most significant conclusions from the research presented at the 2010 TRAC meeting included:
• Thera-Band exercise before total knee replacement provides faster recovery for patients in the early post-op period.
• Combining Biofreeze Pain Reliever and ice provides evidence of decrease in blood flow more than ice or Biofreeze alone.
• Incorporating both aerobic and resistance training via the Thera-Band Exercise Station is an effective means to improve multiple aspects of fitness with a single exercise program in older adults.
• The Thera-Band Exercise Station was as effective as free weights and machines as a short-term resistance program on strength in fit young women.
• Comparable high levels of muscle activation are obtained during resistance exercises with Thera-Band elastic tubing and dumbbells.
In addition to the clinical research, a case study presented at TRAC showed that using Biofreeze with patients may improve their attendance at physical therapy sessions. The abstracts for the 2010 TRAC studies are available online.
Source: Hygenic/Performance Health, www.thera-band.com