Resistance Bands – Why We Love Them

Resistance bands are a fundamental part of our clinic and our client’s recovery and strength programs, and there are many reasons why.

Resistance training, without the intimidation factor. Resistance bands can be used almost anywhere, by anyone. Exercises can be done privately, within our in-house rehab gym or at home. No expensive gym membership, or feeling uncomfortable in the gym.

They promote strong and flexible muscle building through various lengths and resistance levels. The band applies pressure for your muscles to work against. This stress (although fairly minor) is enough to make the muscles adapt by building lean and strong fibres that have good levels of elasticity. This pressure also allows the joints to increase their flexibility and, with the right exercises, range of motion.

Various levels of resistance mean they can offer a fantastic opportunity for our clients to start from where they actually need to, rather than simply rushing into the gym and picking up weights. It also means that as your recovery progresses, the resistance can be increased to continue your development.

Options for movements are endless, this means that simple movements all the way through to complex movements and holds are on offer when using the resistance bands. Machinery and weights found in the gym can be limiting in the types of movements available, resistance bands offer many movement options and stretches to ensure no matter how complex your recovery process may be, resistance bands can help you become stronger.

They are affordable and accessible. There was a time when resistance bands were only used by those completing pilates videos at home, or the professional athlete. Today, resistance bands are available in many sporting stores and even some chemists. They are reasonably cheap, easy to purchase and if you’re not ready to purchase them yet, we have them in our gym for our clients to use when it comes to their rehabilitation and at-home exercise prescription.

However, it’s important not to go into the world of resistance bands blind. They have a lot to offer, so check in with your physiotherapist to find out how resistance bands could be a part of your recovery. Contact the practice for an assessment today on (02) 4721 7798, email or simply book your next online appointment here.

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.