5 Stars By cal jazz on 2015-08-05
For me no miracle, but it worked
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.
5 Stars By Shannon on 2017-01-13
Great hand & wrist exercise
I bought a bunch of equipment to keep up my occupational therapy at home and this is one of the pieces. I suggest this for anyone who is having problems with: hand grip, numbness/tingling in hands, or wrist pain when pressure is applied to hands (ie push ups).
I have carpal tunnel & ganglion cyst in my wrist. One doctor told be to have the cyst drained, the other suggested the therapy. I'm happy I went with the therapy. Strengthening my hand has relieved nerve pressure on my wrist and reduced the size of the cyst, it's all but gone now.
This is a great alternative and natural way to strengthen alling hands/wrist.
5 Stars By Charles Williams on 2016-05-16
when doing things like pullups or chinups
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
4 Stars By Kayla O. on 2017-05-02
Golfer's Elbow - Get the Blue one if you are strong enough
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.
3 Stars By Dan on 2017-03-16
The jury is still out
I purchased this item to help with tennis elbow symptoms. I heard from other players that exercising regularly with these bars is keeping them injury free. I started with a slight injury. The exercise is clearly targeting the right area, but I end up increasing the pain by the time I'm done.
At this point I'm not sure if it's good as part of the healing process. It does not seem to make things worse either. I'll keep trying, it may just be a long process.
5 Stars By C Colorado on 2017-01-06
It Worked for Me!
This product was recommended by a tennis friend. I bought one to use for my Golfer's Elbow (medial) which had kept me off the court for two months. Resting, braces, nothing really had helped. I followed the YouTube video by Jamie Dreyer and had great success in healing my arm. Also, I researched "arm friendly" racquets, bought one, and am now playing with no pain at all. I have recommended this item, or the green one with more resistance, to several others. It worked for me.
5 Stars By Leane Penn on 2016-01-26
Work Your Wrist Differently
One of the more versatile wrist/elbow/shoulder exerciser. I appreciated the booklet that contained a number of exercises --- and assumed if I register with Thera-Band Acacademy website I'd be able to see all the other exercises possible with the Flexbar.
A difference I see compared to the usual wrist strengthening exercises using resistance bands, is that you get to use your grip while giving your wrist a workout.
What sets the Flexbar apart are the four exercises included in the instruction manual using just the wrist strength to bend the bar to a U four ways: Supination (http://www.thera-bandacademy.com/tba-exercise/thera-band-flexbar-supination), Pronation (http://www.thera-bandacademy.com/tba-exercise/thera-band-flexbar-wrist-pronation), Radial Deviation (http://www.thera-bandacademy.com/tba-exercise/thera-band-flexbar-wrist-radial-deviation), and Ulnar Deviation (http://www.thera-bandacademy.com/tba-exercise/thera-band-flexbar-wrist-ulnar-deviation)
5 Stars By Mark Tourtellotte on 2017-09-07
I would buy this again
I have golfer's elbow and had some recurring pain, so I decided to buy this. Even though I started using it the way that is recommended in the brochure that comes with it, I quickly quit doing it that way and found it had other benefits as well. I fell off a swing set when I was 5 years old (over 55 years ago) and have had recurring problems with my left shoulder and upper back. I did some tendon/muscle damage and so my right side is stronger than my left side (the side I fell on). I frequently get hitches in my upper back and it seems to feel like my spine is slightly bowed toward my right side as the muscle is stronger toward the right side, which seems to pull on the right side of my spine. Since purchasing this, I found that when I put the TheraBand FlexBar over my head with the palms of both hands facing forward and then gripping the FlexBar and twisting in opposite directions with each hand, arms extended, it works the muscle on both sides of my spine. When I activate the muscle on the left side of my spine, which I have been unable to do with any other exercise that I have found, It eases the tension on the right side of my spine, and I am able to hear and feel the bones in my spine pop and realign. I no longer wake up in the morning with a stiff neck and stiff upper back. I would buy this again.
5 Stars By MikeyMo on 2015-01-17
Works for TENNIS ELBOW. I don't get how... but this thing is a miracle worker.
Has not cured my tennis elbow but has drastically improved it. PT helped get me to around 60% better from my initial elbow tendinitis. I would say this put me at about 85%. And I started feeling results within 4 days of using!
Watch the 2 minute video showing the extremely quick and easy daily exercise (3 sets of 15 will take you all of about 5 minutes a day).
I started with the green flexbar (15 LBS) and moved onto this blue (25 LBS) after I felt the green was too easy. This continued to improve my elbow. Highly recommend. I have given the green bar to a friend who also has tennis elbow and he's satisfied as well.
5 Stars By Joe D. on 2017-09-04
This and the "Tyler Twist" exercise are a REAL solution to tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
I bought both the red and the green models to allow me to step up my strength building as I recovered from a nasty case of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). I had read about and was recommended to do the "Tyler Twist" exercise by my orthopedic specialist. This is something that can only be accomplished with this specific training item. I'd been through 4 weeks of conventional PT sessions and ultrasound treatments with only marginal improvement, so I watched a few YouTube videos and bought these resistance bars. My improvement was noticeable within a little over a week and continued until I had no pain in everyday life or on the court. I do wear a tennis elbow brace while playing simply to avoid any reinjury, however, even times when I've played without it, no elbow pain at all.