A Comprehensive Guide to Blood Flow Restriction Training | BEST

Blood flow restriction training (BFRT) is a physical therapy technique designed to improve muscle strength. It’s performed by placing an external cuff over the upper or lower extremities during exercise to reduce blood flow to the area. It allows patients to gain muscle strength while lifting lighter loads and placing less stress on the affected limb. Blood flow restriction training can help patients living with weakness regain muscle strength in a safe and controlled manner.

Keep reading if you’d like to learn more about BFRT!

Who Benefits From Blood Flow Restriction Training?

Your doctor may recommend BFRT if you have a condition or injury that causes muscle weakness and loss of mobility. As part of a comprehensive physical therapy program, BFRT can help prevent muscle atrophy, improve strength, and promote injury healing.

Blood flow restriction training has proven effective for many conditions and injuries, including:

  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Fractures
  • Osteoporosis

Blood flow restriction training may also be included as part of a rehabilitation plan after a surgical procedure to help speed up recovery.

What to Expect

During a session, your therapist will apply a pneumatic cuff on your upper or lower extremity and engage a pump to restrict blood flow. The therapist will then guide you through a series of strength exercises. You’ll be able to perform these exercises with less resistance than normal due to the restriction.

As a result, you’ll gain all the benefits of heavy lifting without the risks of stressing a limb or joint with heavy loads. 

Cost Considerations

Most insurance providers cover blood flow restriction training as part of physical therapy coverage. If you have specific questions about the cost of therapy, please reach out to our team at BEST Surgery & Therapies. We’re happy to help you determine a cost breakdown, your payment options, and a payment plan. 

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