We are excited to announce that we now offer BFR at both BeneFIT locations! Blood flow restriction therapy (BFR) has been a hot topic in the fitness community for the past few years! We first introduced BFR therapy in a blog about a year ago. Since then, research on BFR has continued to explode and we are excited to share it with you! In this blog, we will emphasize the great results achieved with BRF and answer commonly asked questions! Let’s dive in!
What is Blood Flow Restriction Therapy?
Blood flow restriction is a tool that creates a high intensity environment when exercising body parts at low intensity. A tourniquet, a device that limits blood flow similar to a blood pressure cuff, is used to change the environment of the exercising body part. The cuff decreases the amount of blood flow available to the exercising limb and makes it think it is working harder than it really is.
Benefits of BFR
The beginnings of blood flow restriction therapy go back 40 years! However, in the past 10 years BFR has become a topic of great interest! As a result, more than 800 research articles have been published in the past 10 years!
The current research reports that BFR has the follow benefits:
- Increased muscle strength
- Increased aerobic capacity
- Decreased recovery time
- Preserve muscle mass & strength during inactivity
- Increased muscle mass
- Decreased force on joints
Is BFR Safe?
Now, let’s talk about the safety of BFR. A 2016 systematic review by Hughes et al. found that BFR has no greater risk than traditional exercise modes. In addition, another study by VanWye et al. found that out of nearly 13,000 individuals utilizing BFR, <0.06% has incidence of a blood clot and <0.01% had a blood clot that starts somewhere else in the body and travels to the lungs. In summary, many clinicians and patients are comfortable using BFR to enhance treatment!
BFR therapy is safe for many individuals, but it is recommended to wait 8-12 weeks after contracting Covid-19 before participating in BFR treatment.
Give us a call today if you’d like to learn more about blood flow restriction therapy or how it can work for your injury! New Jersey has direct access that can get you in for evaluation without you having to see a doctor. In short, calling us directly can end up saving you both time and money!
Please, call us to schedule your evaluation at one of BeneFIT’s locations, Bridgewater (908.203.5200) or Chester (908.879.5700) with one of our highly trained Doctors of Physical Therapy!
Hughes L, Paton B, Rosenblatt B, et al. Blood flow restriction training in clinical musculoskeletal rehabilitation: a systematic review and meta-analysis British Journal of Sports Medicine 2017;51:1003-1011.
Vanwye, W. R., Weatherholt, A. M., & Mikesky, A. E. Blood Flow Restriction Training: Implementation into Clinical Practice. International journal of exercise science 2017; 10(5), 649–654.