Blood Flow Restriction has the unique benefit of enhancing and exciting the targeted muscle so that those with muscle inhibition can overcome this deficit quicker, with less atrophy development. We are excited to be onboard with the initial use of this great innovative treatment and device.
Russ Pain, PT
Ironman Sports Medicine Institute - Memorial Hermann
What is BFR?
Also known as occlusion training, BFR training involves the use of cuffs or wraps placed around a limb during exercise. The aim of this is to safely restrict a percentage of arterial blood flow to a working muscle which is usually done with low-intensity resistance training. Since the ability of that blood to escape is dramatically reduced, metabolic stress and cellular swelling are greatly increased. As a result, increased growth hormone, muscle hypertrophy, and muscle strength will occur.
Why Choose a
P.T. to Provide BFR?
According to the APTA, Physical therapist education provides PTs with the requisite knowledge (muscular and vascular anatomy, and physiology and exercise physiology), as well as skills (therapeutic exercise prescription, monitoring of physiological vital signs and blood flow) to perform and monitor this type of therapeutic exercise. BFRT is part of the professional scope of practice for physical therapists.
BFR For The Athlete
Studies have shown there to be a significant increase in growth hormone following BFR. Growth hormone is a key component in collagen synthesis. Increased collagen synthesis helps the body restore tendons and ligaments, increasing their strength and durability, allowing the athlete to train longer without injury
Studies have also shown there to be an increased number of IGF-1 when using BFR training when comparing to controls. IGF-1 is an Insulin like protein that is linked to muscle growth.
In short, with BFR training, athletes will experience no muscle damage and increased protein synthesis leading to better recovery and performance.
BFR For Recovery
When patients are recovering from surgery or a serious injury, often times, heavy lifting and high-intensity exercises are not allowed to prevent re-injury. With BFR training we simulate the effects of these exercises without the risk of re-injury. BFR, combined with low-intensity exercise, has shown the ability to increase strength and muscle size similar to high intensity training. BFR training is also used in patients with osteoarthritis, chronic weakness due to pain, muscle strains and tendinopathies.
I have seen great gains in strength with patients in the clinic and with professional athletes using Blood Flow Restriction training. This tool has been an influential game changer in my practice.
Detroit Lions - Team Rehabilitation