Blood flow restriction training (BFRT) is a form of exercise that utilizes a cuff or strap to reduce blood flow to a limb, thereby promoting a cascade of reactions at the cellular level, in an attempt to promote rehabilitation, recovery, and muscle growth. Although this technique has been around since the 1960s, it has more recently been researched as a widely used technique in the clinical setting. Ultimately, BFRT allows the participant to use low resistance or weight, and mimic gains seen when using high resistance and repetitions.
When used properly, the benefits of BFRT are many, with minimal negative effects. Programs can be customized to each person, based on evaluation findings and individual goals. This technique can be used early on in the recovery process, which can optimize outcomes of surgical procedures. As well as, enhance a person’s ability to compete in sport activity.
Dr. Iseler, at FPC, completed her certification in BFRT in 2021, and is excited to incorporate this technique into her practice. If interested in this technique, it will be determined if appropriate for an individual following an evaluation and an extensive health screening. Please reach out to our office for additional information or to schedule an evaluation.