Blood flow restriction (BFR) allows you to gain muscle strength, boost healing, reduce pain, and rehabilitate from an injury with less physical effort. If that sounds too good to be true, it's time to talk with the team at Back To You Osteopractic Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation. They specialize in BFR and can explain how it works and if you're a good candidate. To learn more, call the office in Canton, Royal Oak, or Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, or book an appointment online today.
BFR is a type of training that gives you the ability to build muscles in your arms and legs while lifting lighter loads. The BFR technique places less stress on the joints and limbs. It also causes less pain for people rehabilitating from a musculoskeletal condition.
When you use BFR, you exercise your arms or legs while wearing a specialized cuff (similar to a blood pressure cuff) that restricts the blood flow. Your provider puts the cuff around your arms and/or legs, placing it close to your body.
They inflate the cuff to a moderate pressure that allows blood to flow through the arteries (carrying oxygen-rich blood to your muscles), while blocking the blood flowing through your veins toward your heart.
The change in blood flow combined with exercise triggers complex biochemical interactions that stimulate healing and promote muscle growth. BFR causes an increase in growth factors and stem cells, triggers the production of new blood vessels, and promotes protein synthesis in muscles.
Some of the benefits include:
BFR training may also improve your cardiovascular endurance.
Athletes and bodybuilders may use BFR as part of their training or muscle building regimen. However, it’s especially beneficial for elderly people who need to restore muscle mass and people with an orthopedic injury or degenerative disease. BFR also improves your recovery when you have it before and after orthopedic surgery.
BFR supports your rehabilitation from conditions such as:
However, it's important to get this training from the qualified physical therapists at Back To You Osteopractic Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation because BFR isn't safe for everyone.
For example, you shouldn't use BFR if you have heart disease, blood vessel problems, severe hypertension, or diabetes, to name just a few conditions that aren't compatible with BFR.
To learn if you can benefit from BFR training, call Back To You Osteopractic Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation or book an appointment online today.