Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training is a clinical treatment technique that uses a cuff similar to a standard blood pressure cuff to partially occlude blood flow. BFR allows patients to lift lighter loads than normal to achieve similar strength gains. It can be used for both upper and lower extremities and for a variety of diagnoses. BFR pressures and protocols are specific to each patient and their goals.
Your trained therapist will measure your individual limb occlusion pressure to determine an appropriate working pressure of your extremities. The blood pressure cuff will be inflated to that level at which point you will go through a protocol of either inflation and deflation of the cuff or performance of a pre-determined exercise to target the appropriate soft tissue.
My therapist, Perla, is supremely knowledgeable, compassionate, sensitive, and encouraging. As a hip replacement patient who had experienced complications, I was very motivated to get well, yet cautious about making my condition worse. Perla knew which exercises would help most and just how hard to push me. She has always been positive and professional while being warmly human and cheerful!Kathy