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Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT)

What is it?

Blood Flow Restriction Training or BFRT describes a regimen of targeted movements in specific body parts to increase strength and endurance while limiting blood flow. This form of training occurs at a particularly lower intensity in comparison to normal high-impact exercises. The limbs are cuffed to restrict blood flow and subsequently exercised under this stressed metabolic condition. The muscles are therefore given the ‘imitation’ of a typical workout experience.

BFRT is useful for people unable to exercise through strenuous activities, whether strength or cardiovascular, where too much blood flow could be detrimental. This includes clients who are ill, elderly, or recently underwent surgery. Weak or damaged muscles require limited intensity while healing, but unused muscles risk atrophy. BFRT helps mitigate both concerns through low-impact exercises.

Blood Flow Restriction Training Benefits

How can it help me?

The most immediate benefits of BFRT include: improved endurance, stronger muscles, and decreased atrophy. These improvements come with other added benefits such as lowered rehabilitation time, increased rate of recovery after activity, and hypertrophy of muscle and bone. As the targeted muscles are worked in a metabolically stressed scenario, the muscles adapt to the limited blood flood, experience greater fatigue, and grow in consequence. This is great for people who want to keep up with physical activity even after suffering an injury or undergoing surgery, such as an athlete.

Research coupled with user experience proves that BFRT results in saving and building back muscles. Despite the manipulation of blood flow, the process is both safe and effective. BFRT is not known to be painful, but will cause a faster rate of fatigue.

Techniques and Exercises

What we incorporate into our treatments

Blood Flow Restriction Training can include techniques or exercises such as:

  • Cuffing the arms and/or legs during exercise
  • Applying pressure to restrict blood flow in the extremities

Who is eligible for Blood Flow Restriction Training

Common symptoms and conditions

  • Athletes
  • Elderly
  • Pre/Post-Operation
  • Non-weight bearing injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Muscle strains or weaknesses
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Achilles or quad tendon repair
  • Joint pain
  • Hip or knee replacement

Contraindications include:

  • Impaired blood circulation
  • Uncontrolled hypertension
  • Lymphedema
  • Similar cardiac conditions
  • Clotting disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer

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Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy is staffed with a professional and caring team of experts with clinical experience in utilizing Blood Flow Restriction Training. Browse through our physical therapist profiles to learn how they can help you with restoring functionality.

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