Blood Flow Restriction-7Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT) is a new and popular treatment intervention that can help you return to the activities that you love. BFRT uses blood flow pressures that are individualized to your body and overall goals to train muscles more efficiently as well as improve cardiovascular function for people of all ages. This can be especially useful in the early post surgery or non weight bearing portions of recovery when you are limited to a cast, boot, or brace. In this time, BFRT can provide a more challenging way to strengthen supporting muscles and limit the muscle atrophy and deconditioning that can often be associated with mobility restrictions.

BFRT is done by having the patient wear a cuff around either their thigh or arm set to a specific and individualized pressure determined by an external doppler. The cuff is worn for short and intermittent periods. The cuff restricts a percentage of arterial blood flow and venous return causing physiological changes that mimic changes associated with high intensity exercise. BFRT makes easy exercises at low intensities seem really hard by causing fatigue and muscle failure to occur much sooner.

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Blood Flow Restriction Training

Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT) is a technique using FDA certified tourniquets/cuffs that safely and intermittently restricts blood flow to a muscle region to improve strength, gain muscle size, improve bone density, enhance recovery, and increase cardiovascular performance. BFRT allows for similar improvements in strength that one would see with heavy weight training, however uses light loads to spare surrounding joints.