Blood Flow Restriction Training
Blood flow restriction (BFR) training involves the application of a pressure cuff on proximal portion of an exercising limb to reduce arterial inflow and restrict venous outflow. BFR cuff is personalized for each person prior to exercise. By exercising in this manner, lower intensity routines can illicit positive effects (increased muscle size, strength, or endurance) which are typically seen with higher intensity exercises. This facilitates quicker healing following injury or surgery where a person cannot tolerate heavy resistance.
BFR training was predominantly used in the military and professional sports to expedite recovery but is now considered to be a valuable tool to treat patients in physical therapy. It is a safe modality and patients’ medical history is reviewed prior to its use. Our physical therapist is a certificated provider through Owens Recovery Science.