Latex and fabric resistance bands are both great tools of physical therapy. However, they do have some subtle differences that make one better for certain rehab purposes than the other. In general, latex is better for advanced or stubborn rehabilitation needs while fabric bands are best suited for basic postural and alignment concerns.
Compared to latex, fabric bands are less likely to contain harmful bacteria. Latex bands are frequently made in a factory and then shipped around the world before they reach your physical therapist. This means that latex bands have had a long time to collect harmful bacteria like staph and those with latex allergies can experience allergic reactions when using them.
Fabric resistance bands are made from cotton and nylon, are machine washable (except for dry cleaning), and won’t leave you with blisters like latex can.