<Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFR) is a type of treatment that includes restricting blood flow to either the upper or lower etremity and performing resistance and/or aerobic exercises and movements at low loads with the goal to get muscles stronger.
It is achieved by the use of pressurized cuffs that are set to your individualized readings and applied through specific science-based protocols. It allows a patient to perform strength work at lower load levels (less weight/resistance) and still achieve strength gains similar to using heavier load/resistance.
Patients will also note strength gains 1-2 weeks earlier than with traditional strength training. BFR can be a great compliment to your existing rehabilitation and fitness program.
Many various patient populations can benefit from this type of intervention including:
- Generalized Weakness
- Post-Operatively (ACL reconstruction, total knee replacement)
- Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
- Achilles Tendonopathy
- Following a period of immobilization (following trauma, prolonged splinting/bracing)
- Strength Training for Athletes
As with all physical therapy interventions, there are some patient populations that are not advised to perform this type of treatment. Please follow up with one of our Physical Therapists to see if you are a candidate for BFR.