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 cuffs or bands. BFR restricts full venous blood flow and partial arterial blood flow to a limb during exercise to make the brain think the muscle is working harder than it is. The restriction of blood flow creates a similar cellular environment that your muscles would experience when lifting heavy weights.
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.
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