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Flossing Bands For Effective Joint & Muscle Therapy

BLACK BAND: .051″ x 2″ x 7′ | RED BAND: .060″ x 2″ x 7′ | BLUE BAND: .051″ x 2.5″ x 10′

Bands are 100% Natural Latex and are over 99.9% free of soluble proteins (latex allergens). Great product at a great price!

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Soft Tissue Flossing Bands For Muscle, Tendon, Ligament & Joint Therapy

Flossing bands are a great therapy for joint pain and also can be used for bracing. Typically, flossing uses a well constructed rubber elastic therapy band and is sometimes called blood flow restriction therapy (BFR) or compression tack and flossing (CTF).

Bands are wrapped on extremities and joints to hold the soft tissues in place. The flossing is the activity or range of motion that produces gliding with pressure across the tissues. It is used to reduce pain and help the recovery process. Using normal ranges of motion in the joints while using the compression band restoring sliding surfaces (flossing) of the inflamed muscle fibers and tissues can occur.

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Soft tissue flossing can be used on muscles and joints, primarily the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle. The bands are wrapped tight and motion is performed for about 10 minutes. It should NOT be used on the neck – at all, but can be very effective for things like arthritic joints and tendinitis for extremities.

It is used to apply a rather intense amount of compression on the joint or muscle producing a deep therapy, thus allowing the tissue to re-vascularize and recover. I use this for my elbow or lateral epicondylitis. In my case, there is a 3/4 tear of the common extensor tendon at the elbow as well as a tear of the extensor carpi radialis longus in the forearm, as confirmed by MRI. Surgery was recommended.

I wrap the flossing bands carefully around the elbow joint allowing a space for the elbow during motion. It is very restricting, however, I push through about 10 minutes of active wrist and elbow motion, then promptly remove. It is very therapeutic and, even with a rather large tears, helps quite drastically.

Flossing Bands Contraindications

  • Pregnancy
  • Cardiac Disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Varicose Veins
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

Discontinue if there is numbness, significant pain or discoloration (pale or blue), dizziness, or tingling

How Does Soft Tissue Flossing Work?

Flossing tissue compression and motion bands are used to improve range of motion, help restore proper joint mechanics, and break down adhesive tissues from previous injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments, even nerves (neural mobilization technique).

It creates a short, partial venous outflow interruption of the tissues from tightening the band while maintaining arterial flow. Tension should be no more than 50 percent stretch. When compressed, the individual performs very low or no load motions that range the joint.

This creates a beneficial change within the joints and tissues using tension and compression, coupled with motion. This provides myofascial gliding, reduction of swelling through lymphatic drainage and dynamic joint positioning. It can release entraped nerves from scar tissue adhesions and have a beneficial effect on the nervous system through pain reduction and better joint position sense or proprioception. Following release of pressure, there is a blood and hormone flush that enhances performance and rehabilitation.

Compression Tack and Flossing: Scientific Evidence

Most scientific evidence are via case studies, so more work needs to be done in randomized controlled studies, however, a case study in a 2017 Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy uses flossing to address neurodynamic irritability in a patient with shoulder adhesive capsulitis.

The patient was given flossing or slider techniques to create movement and gliding of the nerve tissues to increasing nerve mobility that can reduce pain and sensitivity. Significant improvement was noted in 2 weeks, with no symptoms throughout the limb and the patient was ready for discharge.

I know a number of colleagues that use the technique and highly recommend it due to successful outcomes and patient satisfaction. My personal experience reflects the same, however, treating my own significant injury, as indicated above, has enabled me to avoid surgery so far.

Beyond Flossing

Beyond the therapeutic aspect, I also use the flossing bands (black) as a brace. When performing activities that require force, I wrap as for therapy, except only a mild amount of compression. I find this works far better than any brace or compression wrap to protect the torn tendon and joint. It will cause sweating in warm conditions due to the nature of the band, however, it is great in colder climates and can be used effectively for the task at hand.

Using as a brace is not the typical application for this product, however, I find it very effective, much more so than usual braces, straps, or wraps. Yes, it does require more effort than just slipping on a support, although the extra protection is worth it, especially when surgery is a risk if further injury occurs. So, I would recommend consulting a professional for assistance and recommendations. Not sure you will find a flossing recommendation for a confirmed, significant tendon tear; this is my personal protocol only.

I use this brand flossing bands and find them to be very good quality for the price. Promotes joint health and muscle therapy

BLACK BAND: .051″ x 2″ x 7′ – Thinner floss but still packs a lot of compression.
RED BAND: .060″ x 2″ x 7′ – Thicker floss allowing for more compression.
BLUE BAND: .051″ x 2.5″ x 10′ – Band measures 10 feet long and is 1/2″ wider. Perfect for wrapping the lower body and shoulders.

Bands are 100% Natural Latex and are over 99.9% free of soluble proteins (latex allergens).

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Dr. Steve has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant, in Physiological Therapeutics, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy, and specialized further in Myofascial Release Techniques. No longer in active practice, he authors articles for NeckSolutions and works with special products for ALS patients as well as other neuromuscular conditions.