How Wearbands Came to Be

My name is Dennis Shavelson DPM and I am a biomechanically oriented podiatrist, Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery for more than 30 years. About fifteen years ago, I started focusing more on prevention, performance enhancement, quality of life and functional adaptation more than on a chief complaint. The chief complaint is the biggest enemy of biomechanics and functional medicine in general. I have worked with Wearable Resistance Band (WRB) systems to assist me in biomedically engineering the lower extremity for four years now and that has taken me to believe Wearable Resistance Band Training as the Tai Chi of the New Age.

To paraphrase the words of Tom Myers, (**) the structural integrationist, I have held beliefs and teachings regarding biomechanics, biomedical engineering and how the closed chain body works that I’ve had to let go of.  – Iconic theories that served their purpose until they were destroyed overnight for by ugly, scientific and clinical facts.

I have also had immature core dogmatic tenets living inside of me that I knew I had to cultivate in an evidence based manner as they were useful for me clinically. Some of these, as evidence and scientific scrutiny surfaced became historic and some of them continued to have validity and application. This dance between the intuitive experience and the available evidence is a familiar one.

There are those in evidence based practices and professions with procurable minds use, monitor and investigate concepts and tools that lack high level evidence knowing that  “the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence (**).

This addition to the literature involves my personal experience along with the existing evidence and expert opinions regarding Resistance Training (RT) and its subgroups: Free Weight (FW) Training, Resistance Training Machine (RTM) Training, Resistance Band Training (RBT) and Wearable Weight Training (WWT) with Wearable Resistance Band (WRB) Training in order to examine the benefits, shortcomings, value and applicability of WRB Training.

“There is a logical progression of science, literature and clinical evidence leading to  Wearable Resistance Band (WRB) Training that will serve as a catalyst to some to better understand Resistance Training (RT) as a whole and to foster the need to try, research and make clinical use of its newest class, Wearable Resistance Band Training until it is either proven a hula hoop or a fundamental addition to the functional lives of mankind”.  – Dennis Shavelson DPM

(**) Myers, Thomas W: Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual Movement and Movement Therapists; 3rd edition, 2011, Churchill Livingstone Publishers, 317 pages.