What Is Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT)?
BFRT is a cutting-edge treatment used to enhance performance and speed up tissue healing and recovery time after an injury and/or surgery.
Originally developed in Japan in the 1960s, BFRT is now widely used in professional sports training programs as well as in the military to help U.S. soldiers recover from injury on the battlefield. Professional Sports Teams and Division I Collegiate Athletics teams are using BFRT with their athletes for both rehabilitation and performance enhancement. Rehabilitation teams are using BFRT on patients of all ages and stages of recovery to decreased risk of injury and speed up the recovery process.
BFRT uses a safe, medical-grade tourniquet to restrict blood flow during exercise to enable muscles to grow in size and strength faster than with traditional training methods.
BFRT allows training at 20% of the individual’s maximum lifting capacity (one rep max) and achieve the same benefits as lifting 80% of the maximum lifting capacity. The decrease in load helps to reduce the risk for damage to the joints and connective tissues associated with traditional resistance training.
Benefits of BFRTPositive, measurable outcomes have been shown in patients and athletes of all ages and stages of recovery who have used BFRT. BFRT can help prevent muscle atrophy and help maintain heart health when patients cannot exercise, such as when in a walking boot and prohibited from doing weight-bearing activity. Patients who have had hip or knee joint replacements, foot, ankle, or shoulder surgery often experience faster recovery with BFRT. BFRT has been successful for performance training in athletes, military service members, police, and firefighters.
Typical candidates for PBFR may include:
- Endurance athletes
- Military Service Members
- First Responders
- Pre- and Post-Operative Patients
- Patients with musculoskeletal injuries
- Patients with joint pain
- Return to Sports
- Elderly patients with decreased endurance and strength
- Individuals who are interested in increasing muscle mass without the usual soreness or risk of injury that results from heavy lifting
BFRT is not suitable for individuals with:
- Impaired circulation
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Severe high blood pressure
- Open fractures
- Sickle cell anemia
- Women who are pregnant
- Active infections
- History of DVTs
Call our office to schedule an appointment to see if Blood Flow Restriction Training could help you reach your recovery and performance goals!