Blood Flow Restriction Training

Blood Flow Restriction Training

Blood flow restriction training is a physical therapy technique designed to improve muscle strength without the need for heavy lifting. This is a technique in which a patient will wear a pressurized band or cuff to restrict blood flow to specific muscles during training. This form of physical therapy is very effective because it can help patients deal with muscle weakness and regain strength necessary to improve mobility and posture. 

Blood flow restriction training can help individuals suffering from chronic pain and mobility problems. If you suffer from this, the healthcare professionals at BEST Health System are dedicated to finding a treatment method that will be most effective for you. 

When to Consider Blood Flow Restriction Training?

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
  • Neuropathy
  • Degenerative spine conditions, such as bulging and herniated discs
  • Fibromyalgia
  • 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. 

Blood Flow Restriction Training Sessions

A blood flow restriction training session will typically begin with the patient sitting or lying on a table. The physical therapist will position the band or cuff on the upper or lower extremity and engage a pump to restrict blood flow. After this, the physical therapist will guide the patient through a series of strengthening exercises that can be performed with less resistance than normal due to restriction. 


The exercises will vary depending on the patient, their condition, and their recovery goals. Like other physical therapy techniques, blood flow restriction therapy takes time to show results since it is dependent on developing muscle strength. 

Blood Flow Restriction Training Cost

Therapeutic treatment costs can vary depending on the number of sessions, other treatments being performed, and insurance coverage. BEST Health System accepts patients with Medicare, most private health insurances, as well as worker’s compensation and personal injury cases. Connect with one of our representatives at BEST Health System and learn more about our physical therapy options for our patients. 

Reach out to BEST Health System!

If you’re suffering from chronic pain and mobility problems, Best Health System can help you reclaim your life and return to the people and activities you’ve been missing out on. To learn more about our treatment options, contact us today to speak with one of our caring representatives.  

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