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Tubing Helps in Recovery: Resistance Training

Resistance tubing training is an excellent idea for anyone who is undergoing physical therapy or recovering from an injury. If you have ever suffered from an injury, you can understand the frustration that often results. It is very hard to go from being involved in physical activity or athletic competitions to the sidelines where all you get to do is watch and cheer. If you are especially committed to your exercise routine, you probably end up feeling lazy, depressed, more stressed, or unable to sleep because your body is so used to its normal routine of healthy exercise.

Another problem with injury recover is that you often have to watch your muscles wither and waste away. In the case of injuries that require extensive rest and recovery time, the muscle atrophy can be quite extreme, while in other cases it is barely noticeable to anyone other than the injured person. One way to combat many of these residual effects of injury and the downtime for recovery is resistance tubing training.

How Resistance Tubing Training Helps

The primary reason that resistance tubing training is good for physical therapy and injury recovery is that it is a very mild, controllable form of exercise and strength training that is also exceptionally effective. For many injuries, especially those in the joints, the problem is due to weakness in some of the surrounding muscles. For example, many knee problems are due to weak quad muscles or an imbalance in the strength of the right and left quad muscles. Therefore, to help correct this problem it is important to gradually build up muscle strength. Heavy weights cannot be used for this purpose, though, especially when there is an existing injury, because the weights place too much stress and strain on the joint or injured area. Resistance is a much better way to strengthen the muscles because it is slow, directed, focused, and controlled. Difficulty can be increased by creating more resistance or doing more sets or repetitions.

In addition to the muscular strengthening component of resistance tubing training, there is also the benefit of increased flexibility. Limited flexibility, like weak muscles, is a common cause of injury because during strenuous activity or competition, the muscles can be pushed beyond the normal limit. Resistance tubing training can help increase flexibility by enabling people to get a more intense, more complete stretch, even without the help of a trainer or partner. If you are interested in starting resistance tubing training for these purposes, it is a good idea to talk to your sports medicine doctor or trainer. He or she can give you good advice about which exercises are best for your needs and how to do them.

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