Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training

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Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training

BFR training allows patients to gain muscle mass and strength without putting excessive pressure through their joints.

This method involves placing a tourniquet around the upper arm (for upper body BFR) or the upper thigh (for lower body BFR) and applying pressure to restrict the amount of blood flow that can move into and out of a muscle whilst exercising.


This reduction in blood flow causes an increase in the recruitment of type 2 muscle fibres at lower intensities and causes a build-up of metabolic by-products which signals to your body to increase muscle strength and size.

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The Benefits of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training

As well as being great for strength and conditioning, BFR Training can also be used to assist the following;

PRE-OPERATIVE

If you’re going to have an operation in the near future it can assist with post-operative recovery.

POST-OPERATIVE

If you’ve recently had an operation (e.g. knee replacement) it can help in situations where you can’t move or put too much pressure on the injured area, but need to strengthen the muscles there.

ARTHRITIS SYMPTOMS 

BFR training is also beneficial for limiting joint pain whilst moving and keeping the muscles around arthritic hips or knees strong.

SPORTS INJURY

For injury rehabilitation when you need to protect the area of injury but want to maintain performance and reduce time away from sports.

OLDER PEOPLE

If you find it difficult to stand from a chair or seated position or you are at risk of falling, then BFR Training can help to build strength.

BFR In Action

What To Expect From Your Consultation & Treatments

Your therapist will explain the technique in detail and will discuss any questions you have before your first session.

After the session we advise you to maintain your normal activity levels but rest from sport or unaccustomed activity for 24 hours.

If you have any concerns before, during or after your treatment session then please discuss with your physiotherapist.

The research shows that occlusion training is a very safe method for patients of all ages. Your physiotherapist will check your medical history to ensure you are at minimal risks of any side effects and so not have any contra-Indications to the technique.

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