The “Tyler Twist” has gained quite a bit of attention since it was introduced last year at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine meeting; but you probably already know that if you follow the Academy blog

The novel exercise using the Thera-Band® FlexBar® for tennis elbow (i.e., “lateral epicondylosis”) was developed and researched by physical therapist Tim Tyler in New York. His results were recently published in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. The exercise has also been very popular on YouTube, garnering nearly 200,000 views in about 18 months. The North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy featured the exercise as a “clinical suggestion” for sports physical therapists, and Active Aging Today published an article describing the exercise for fitness experts working with older adults.

Feedback on the Internet has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly after its posting on the New York Times and in Readers Digest. People continue to post their quotes, comments, and reviews of the exercise. Here are a few from our blog:

  • The Flexbar helped me recover by a good 80-90% within as little time as a week. I did the exercise everyday (3 sets) –MJC
  • This worked SO MUCH BETTER than the exercises I got in physical therapy which were different wrist curls with light weights – I didn’t actually see results with that old method. Definitely recommend this! –Monet
  • Just wanted to share that I got relief from doing the thera band exercises after suffering tennis elbow for almost two years and trying everything from pt to massage to acupuncture to platelet injections.—Ken

“I’m thrilled to see how this simple exercise using the FlexBar has helped so many people,” said Tim Tyler, who is continuing a study with the FlexBar on Golfers Elbow (medial epicondylosis). More information on the Tyler Twist for Tennis Elbow and the Reverse Tyler Twist for Golfers Elbow is available at the Thera-Band Academy.

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