The Awesome Theraband

Wellbeing Tip #1 – ‘Dry Brushing’ & ‘Gravity is your friend’ – see blog link:

https://legoponics.blog/2018/03/18/lymphie-conversations-wellbeing-tips

Wellbeing Tip #2 – ‘Theraband – Resistance Exercise’

A theraband are latex bands or tubes that are used for physical therapy and light strength training exercises.  They are also commonly used by athletes but also people who are looking for a low-impact strength training workout

https://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Theraband.  

Since mid-February I have used this method of resistance exercise to help with a tennis elbow and strengthening the lower leg calf muscles.   The tennis elbow is mending slowly and the reason for the lower calf exercises are to help avoid limping.  Any limping isn’t good for the posture in the long term.   

My long term goal is to walk more effectively despite my lymphoedema in my whole leg  

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I have lived with lymphoedema for four years now and the important thing is to do something active every day.  The purpose being to improve on flexibility and mobility and for me to get from A to B without using a walking stick.  All exercise helps lift your mood too.    

G R E A T   F O R   U P P E R   L I M B   E X E R C I S E S 

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L O W E R  C A L F – E X E R C I S E S  

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I bought a couple of therabands online as suggested by my physiotherapist.  These therabands are simple to use and very effective to help strengthen muscles and to help lose weight too.   

Pin Interest board for specific usage of the Theraband

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/mylegoponicsandlifetinkin/legoponicsblog-lymphoedema-exercises-tips/

This is a great wellbeing tip for all types of individuals to do at home.  A gentle way to help tone, lose weight and strengthen your core and limbs effectively.  Pilates greatly use this method of resistance exercise.    

‘Happy Feet’

On a personal level the theraband resistance exercises have helped with a specific problem caused by wearing open toed compression stockings.  The next picture you can see the difference between open and closed compression garments.

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The opened toes are a long term favourite of mine as they are great to wear with sandals in the summer time.  However, personally speaking the open toe garments can help build up lymph fluid directly under the toes making it uncomfortable to walk about.  In seeing a qualified physiotherapist my woes were gone in one day!     

I was amazed that a simple calf exercise made a dramatic difference and very quickly too!  I went from limping to walking normally (as i can) in one day!  

I still get bad days where I can’t walk far but I am improving as the theraband exercises increase.  I am very grateful to my current physiotherapist based in Lerwick, Shetland.   Her service has helped me regain my confidence to be more mobile and to have use of my arm too. All images see Welcome to…page. 

Thank you for reading (:

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8 thoughts on “The Awesome Theraband

  1. I found this to be really informative and I will certainly try Therabands – I have a feeling that they would be a great addition to my exercises. It is so wonderful to read about your gratitude and your regained confidence! Way to go!

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  2. Treeno7

    I’ll have to fish my Therabands out – I’ve forgotten I had them. I used to use them at a fitness and conditioning class when my daughter was in dance. My knee could definitely use some work again.

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