Therabandflexbar users....

Arvid

Semi-Pro
Have been trying different things to fix my te and did use the green flexbar a little in the past but stopped pretty soon when i didnt see an improvement, but i thought i should give it a shot again sense im not improving anymore with my other massage techniques, so my question is how long should i use it before i can see an improvement? Is it supposed to feel worse initially? I do feel a little worse after having used it for a few days. Have had mild te for over a year now, had some improvement from other techniques but want to get completely well of course. I dont play tennis and havent played for over a year...
 

yossarian

Professional
If you have lower back spasms,, does those rollers that you use on your back help ?
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Have been trying different things to fix my te and did use the green flexbar a little in the past but stopped pretty soon when i didnt see an improvement, but i thought i should give it a shot again sense im not improving anymore with my other massage techniques, so my question is how long should i use it before i can see an improvement? Is it supposed to feel worse initially? I do feel a little worse after having used it for a few days. Have had mild te for over a year now, had some improvement from other techniques but want to get completely well of course. I dont play tennis and havent played for over a year...
yes, it could feel worse initially

no, you would not expect to see improvement over the course of a few days
 

Arvid

Semi-Pro
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yes, it could feel worse initially

no, you would not expect to see improvement over the course of a few days
Right thats what i thought to, but what are we talking weeks or months? When would it be pointless to continue without improvement?
 
Have been trying different things to fix my te and did use the green flexbar a little in the past but stopped pretty soon when i didnt see an improvement, but i thought i should give it a shot again sense im not improving anymore with my other massage techniques, so my question is how long should i use it before i can see an improvement? Is it supposed to feel worse initially? I do feel a little worse after having used it for a few days. Have had mild te for over a year now, had some improvement from other techniques but want to get completely well of course. I dont play tennis and havent played for over a year...
If you're doing it daily I can't see going beyond 4 weeks before trying something else.

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socallefty

Legend
Have had mild te for over a year now, had some improvement from other techniques but want to get completely well of course. I dont play tennis and havent played for over a year...
What other activities do you do that could be causing repetitive stress for your elbow? You might need to take a break from those also.

Hard to imagine that tennis elbow doesn’t get cured in a year if the repetitive stress that causes the injury is no longer in play. Most tennis players can’t stay from tennis before they are healed and that’s why the injury lingers.
 

nochuola

Rookie
The flexbar helps alleviate tennis elbow caused by strength imbalances and weakness in the wrist flexors. I'm not fully equip to explain the biomechanics, but I think this video does a pretty good job. The problem is, although this is a very common cause of tennis elbow, it is only one of many possible causes. The flexbar only addresses this one cause and none of the others, therefore, if your tennis elbow is caused by other issues, the flexbar would never help no matter how long you keep trying. You should find out what the root cause of your tennis elbow is, and find the solution to address that directly.

 

Arvid

Semi-Pro
What other activities do you do that could be causing repetitive stress for your elbow? You might need to take a break from those also.

Hard to imagine that tennis elbow doesn’t get cured in a year if the repetitive stress that causes the injury is no longer in play. Most tennis players can’t stay from tennis before they are healed and that’s why the injury lingers.
Well its actually the darndest thing...ive had some problems with inflammations that would appear suddenly and hang on to me like grimm death but mostly knee tendonitis. Ive had te once in my left arm i think that took about 6 months to heal, then this, previously ive had ZERO elbow problems in my right arm and this developed after having played against a backboard on ONE windy day. Ive made som misstakes along the way also, 2 cortisone shots included but basically this is it, have not played for over a year now, only tried a few times against the backboard and once against an opponent that ended in disaster....
 

Karstic

Rookie
I developed a pretty bad case of tennis elbow several years ago, and began using the flexbar to try to rehab it. I also continued to play using a compression strap on my elbow. It actually took a couple of years for the pain to completely go away, but it did continually improve until it was gone. I continued to use it as a preventative measure, and because it is an excellent exercise for forearm strength. Stick with it.
 

puppybutts

Semi-Pro
Have been trying different things to fix my te and did use the green flexbar a little in the past but stopped pretty soon when i didnt see an improvement, but i thought i should give it a shot again sense im not improving anymore with my other massage techniques, so my question is how long should i use it before i can see an improvement? Is it supposed to feel worse initially? I do feel a little worse after having used it for a few days. Have had mild te for over a year now, had some improvement from other techniques but want to get completely well of course. I dont play tennis and havent played for over a year...
don't underestimate the ability of daily, minor activities to prolong TE. i always find when i'm working or browsing on the computer too long, my TE flares up, even when i'm not exercising or playing tennis. i am someone who brushes their teeth for way more than 2 minutes....that aggravates my TE. when it's a new week and i'm meal prepping, chopping veggies, fruits and meats aggravates it. try to lessen or modify these activities where possible to reduce irritation.

you have three-ish options: rest or strengthen/stretch. if using flexbar hurts, and it continues to hurt without getting better, then you may need to rest. if you've been resting for some weeks and maybe the pain dulled but the TE is still there, it might be time to stretch and then eventually transition to strengthening. flexbar might feel more like a strengthen tool, but eventually it will feel more like a stretch/tone tool.

personal anecdote, i always find i get TE when i have weak triceps. when i do dips, push ups, tricep extensions, etc., my TE tends to subside.
 

Arvid

Semi-Pro
Well actually after over a year of trying all kinds of different things to remedy my te it feels like ive finally found something that worked....the flexbar! Im sitting right now at work completely painfree, but so far its only been for a few days so im gone wait a few more weeks i guess before i pick up a raquet again. So i did the flexbar earlier on as well but when i didnt see improvement quickly i stopped, this time i stuck with it and it paid of!
 

PKorda

Semi-Pro
Every persons TE is different, the severity can vary by a lot plus some people will try to play through it some will stop entirely and some will play but less frequently so asking for a timeline is a very difficult question. I had a pretty severe case and was using a flex bar twice a day prob for 6 months. My TE has been gone for a couple years but I still do the exercises a couple days a week for prevention. For someone with a mild case could be much less.
 
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