Dos & Don'ts


  • Wear your bands anytime you’re working out, even in water.
  • Wear for exercise after an injury or for prevention of muscle atrophy after a surgical operation. Just don’t forget to consult a physician before use.
  • Wear your bands during daily routines, like grocery shopping, walking the dog, or picking up the kids from school. OT Bands can be used for any form of exercise and will produce effects in a very short time using no weights or light weights doing simple aerobic exercises.
  • Wear your bands over or under your clothes – whichever is the most comfortable and looks the best!
  • Follow our Measurement Guidelines to find the band that fits you. Your bands were designed to optimize your blood flow, not act as a tourniquet, so you want to be sure they are not too tight. Getting your custom fit will help the bands expand and contract correctly with your movement.
  • Hand wash and air-dry your bands after use.
  • Consult your physician before beginning any exercise program with or without OT Bands.
  • Remember that any medical or healthcare related information provided on this site is not meant to diagnose a medical condition or replace your physician.
  • Stop exercise and consult your healthcare provider if you experience any symptoms of weakness, unsteadiness, light-headedness, dizziness, chest pain, nausea or shortness of breath while using OT Bands.
  • Stop exercise and consult your healthcare provider if any pain or soreness resulting from exercise with OT Bands lasts more than two or three days.


  • Wear two sets of bands at one time (ex. arms and thighs).
  • Wear for extended periods of time. Your muscles need a break. Our bands come in three compression levels, and the duration of time worn should be appropriate to the compression level. Follow these guidelines:
    • Light = 25% compression: Designed for low to mid-level training activity lasting 4 hours plus when hiking, walking, dancing, shopping, while at work, working in the yard or washing the car.
    • Moderate = 50% compression: Designed for mid to high level training activity lasting from 2 to 4 hours when performing exercises such as running, yoga, biking, swimming, hiking, Cross-fit, Orangetheory, weight training, etc.
    • Intense = 75% compression: Designed for high level training activity lasting 1 to 1 ½ hours when performing exercises such strength training, working out at the gym, high intensity workouts, Cross-fit, Orangetheory, etc.
  • Wear while sleeping. Give your muscles a rest, too.
  • Use while taking blood thinners or have an arterial aneurism.
  • Use while pregnant.
  • Use if you have cuts on targeted areas of use.
  • Use if you’ve had surgery in the past three months.