Tim Tyler PT ATCRecently, New York physical therapist Tim Tyler developed and researched the “Tyler Twist” exercise with the Thera-Band® FlexBar® for his patients with lateral epicondylitis, or “tennis elbow.”  The exercise was so effective that he terminated the clinical trial because the test subjects were improving so quickly over the control group of patients. As word of the success of his exercise spread, many people began to ask, “Will a similar exercise with the FlexBar work for golfer’s elbow?” Golfers Elbow is technically known as ‘medial epicondylitis’ and is characterized by pain on the medial (inside) of the elbow, in contrast to the lateral elbow pain of tennis elbow.
In response to the many requests for an exercise for Golfer’s Elbow, Tyler invented the “Reverse Tyler Twist.” The exercise uses the same Thera-Band FlexBar color progression, and emphasizes an eccentric contraction of the wrist flexors and pronators, in contrast to eccentric contraction of the wrist extensors with the Tyler Twist. “We think the Reverse Tyler Twist will have similar results for medial elbow pain, but we don’t know for sure, so we’re going to do a study on this exercise as well,” said Tyler, a research associate with the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT).
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