Blood Flow Restricted Training
Improving muscular strength is an important goal of physical therapy. Symptoms such as pain and stiffness are common road blocks to building strength when recovering from injury. A new, cutting-edge treatment called Blood Flow Restricted Training (BFRT) has been found to improve muscular strength even in the presence of pain and other limiting symptoms.
Performed exclusively at our Northwest Clinic, BFRT involves the application of a specialized tourniquet system to partially occlude blood flow to the injured limb. Light exercise is then performed for 5-10 minutes. Under this hypoxic (no oxygen) environment, large, fast twitch muscle fibers are recruited. This allows patients to make greater strength gains while lifting lighter loads, thereby reducing the overall stress placed on muscles and joints. BFRT is a proven treatment that allows patients to safely improve strength while recovering from an injury.
Other benefits of Blood Flow Restricted Training include:
- Increase muscle size, strength, and activation
- Increase VO2max
- Decrease scar tissue and pain
- Increase collagen synthesis for tendons, cartilage, and bone
- Reduce post-surgical atrophy
- Increase anti-clotting factors
Blood Flow Restricted Training is used for athletes and non-athletes alike. Whether you are recovering from a sports injury or suffering from arthritic pain, BFRT can help you build strength and get back to the activities you love.
Blood Flow Restricted Training is offered at SporTherapy’s Northwest Clinic.