Blood 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.
Ask your Physical Therapist if it is right for you!