Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
Blood Flow Restriction training (BFR) is a “tourniquet training” technique that reduces blood flow to an injured limb while an individual participates in strength training. The technique was first introduced by physical therapist, Johnny Owens, from the Brooke Army Medical Center, to help wounded military veterans make dramatic strength gains. The results have been so promising, that it has caught the attention of medical research centers and professional/collegiate teams across the country.
What BFR Training Can Accomplish
- Diminish atrophy and loss of strength from disuse and non-weight bearing after injuries
- Increase strength with only 30% loads
- Increase hypertrophy with only 30% loads
- Improve muscle endurance in 1/3rd the time
- Improve muscle protein synthesis in the elderly
- Improve strength and hypertrophy after surgery
- Improve muscle activation
- Increase growth hormone responses
Is it painful?
Though the cuff gets tight, it should produce no pain. If the cuff is painful, the medical specialist will adjust the device so that it is pain free.
Is It Safe?
BFR training is a safe and effective rehabilitation tool when administered under the supervision of a medical specialist such as a physical therapist. Because you are exercising with weights that are actually less than maximal, some believe it is even safer than general strength training.