Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
What is BFRT?
Blood flow restriction therapy is a technique in rehab using a tourniquet principle to prevent partial arterial flow and complete venous return of blood flow during low-load exercises. BFRT creates an environment in the muscles that increases hormones associated with muscular hypertrophy and recovery. Given its low-load intensity, it allows those who normally experience pain or difficulty with high-load exercises to develop strength and treat injured muscles.
It has been shown to help repair damaged muscles and grow healthy muscle fibers, and it is often used to treat conditions such as ACL injuries, golfer's elbow, tennis elbow, and total hip and knee replacements. BFRT should be performed with a medical professional due to the hypoxic stress it places on the soft tissues.