Blood Flow Restriction
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Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is achieved through the application of external pressure over the extremities. The applied pressure is sufficient to suppress venous circulation from the occlusion site but not so substantial as to prevent arterial circulation to the occlusion site. Consequently, metabolites and byproducts of fatigue that normally would be shuttled out of the muscle via venous circulation accumulate thereby rendering a given workload more arduous than it would otherwise be. BFR allows one to make greater strength gains while utilizing lighter loads. Lighter loads create less limb stress. Reducing limb stress is especially important in post surgical scenarios where pain and tissue damage limit the intensity of loading. While BFR is not a substitute for normal training, it can expedite recovery from injury when employed strategically.
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Blood flow restriction therapy uses occlusion cuffs that decrease venous return during exercise. This occlusion elicits physiological adaptations at lower exercise intensities than would otherwise be needed.
When conducted after a thorough screening process, BFR is safe and well tolerated.
Provided they dont have any contraindications (e.g. circulatory issues, bruising/wounds near the cuff site) to the therapy, yes.
Depending on ones policy, BFR is covered under therapeutic exercise.
It depends on the injury and rehabilitation protocol.
BFR typically does not leave much of a hangover so if you were working prior to the session, BFR will not prevent you from immediately returning to work.
BFR is typically utilized in post surgical patients that dont tolerate intense loading. Think of it as a way to make easier exercises more difficult and effective.
No treatment is without risk but provided a proper screening is conducted beforehand, the risks associated with BFR are minimal.
Expect to feel pressure from the cuff. You will also fatigue faster than you typically do during exercise.