Blood flow restriction training may be recommended in situations where muscle atrophy has developed enough to restrict movement and limit the ability to lift heavy loads. For these patients, muscle weakness can lead to a decrease in quality of life as a sedentary lifestyle can cause muscles to deteriorate which, in turn, makes it even more difficult to exercise.
These symptoms can develop from a broad array of conditions including:
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Degenerative spine conditions, such as bulging and herniated discs
- Hip and knee conditions
Blood flow restriction training may also be part of a larger rehabilitation plan after a surgical procedure. This is generally done if a patient needs to readjust to an active lifestyle after long periods without exercise. Individuals with any of the listed conditions are encouraged to reach out to BEST Health System to see what options of physical therapy are available for them.