BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION

What is BFR and how does it work?

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) is a form of exercise training that helps improve fitness and function, performance of sport or specific activities, and shorten recovery time of injuries with the use of uniquely designed inflatable bands.  BFR restricts venous blood flow to a limb during exercise to make the brain think the muscle is working harder than it is.

With the use of this technology, low intensity workouts are performed to allow maximum benefits without wear and tear on the body.  BFR helps to stimulate the production of growth hormone to increase lean muscle, form stronger bones, regulate metabolism, and advance collagen production.  It has become a favorite among health care providers, professional athletes, and fitness experts to improve performance levels, strength, stamina, speed, and agility to achieve sport, fitness, and functional goals.

Who can benefit from BFR?

Everyone!  BFR technology is used by a wide variety of people of all ages because it rapidly helps improve muscle atrophy and weakness.  Those who have undergone surgical repairs and reconstructions, fractures, muscular strains and sprains, severe musculoskeletal trauma, deconditioning, and symptomatic osteoarthritis are great candidates.

Why B strong bands vs others?

B strong technology bands are comfortable, elastic, narrow, and self-inflated to prescribed pressures designed to slow/impede venous and arterial blood flow.  Slowing the blood flow rather than occluding it allows for homeostasis to be disturbed while avoiding any damage to distal tissue of the limb.  B strong has proven to safely increase strength and muscle, decrease risk of DVTs, improve neuro-motor conduction, optimize rate of fracture healing, and reduce time of return to sport/play by 50% for most injuries and operations.

Treatment

  • By using BFR and performing light, easy exercise in a short amount of time, one can gain the health benefits of intense long duration exercise.
  • BFR is completed within a physical therapy session and lasts no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Bands are applied to upper or lower extremities and are self-inflated by a licensed professional based on the patients needs.
  • Bands will provide slight pressure to the limbs during exercise and should never feel uncomfortable or painful.