You may have heard about blood flow restriction therapy (BFR) being touted by celebrities in the news as a workout “hack.” In reality, BFR is a science-based therapy that can help improve muscle strength during periods of injury or forced inactivity.
Restricting blood flow to limbs during a workout isn’t without risks, so it’s important to only participate in BFR therapy under the direction of an experienced physical therapist. When done correctly, blood flow restriction therapy can shorten total rehab time, improve results, minimize the overall effects of limited mobility, and help you rehabilitate in less time than standard strength training alone.
What is Blood Flow Restriction Therapy?
Blood flow restriction therapy is a specialized technique that helps to supercharge muscle strengthening exercises by limiting blood flow out of the injured limb using a special pressurized cuff.
This method forces blood to pool in the targeted area which temporarily reduces oxygenation and increases the muscle burn during simple exercises. The increased burn creates muscle fatigue and hypertrophy, which leads to improved strength gains in shorter times with lighter weights.
What Are The Benefits Of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy?
Blood flow restriction therapy can offer many benefits to patients with a variety of physical therapy needs. Benefits include:
- Improved results in shorter times
- Less weight required to achieve therapy targets
- Maintain and even improve muscle mass while recovering
- Reduced risk of injury
- Shortened rehab time
- Minimize the effect of limited mobility
- Reduced stress on injured limbs
Though blood flow restriction therapy may not be the right solution for every patient, it can be incorporated into many therapy plans when injured limbs are limiting mobility, and loss of strength or muscle atrophy is a concern.
Who Should Do Blood Flow Restriction Therapy?
Blood flow restriction therapy can be a great addition to physical therapy programs for many different patients, and is often used for Houston patients recovering from injuries and conditions such as:
- Sports injuries
- Joint pain
- Achilles repairs
- Knee cartilage repairs
- Muscle strains
- Surgery recovery
- Nerve injuries
- Knee ligament reconstructions
- Rotator cuff repairs
- Severe musculoskeletal trauma
- Symptomatic knee osteoarthritis
- Total joint replacement
- Muscle atrophy
In contrast, patients with some conditions should not participate in blood flow restriction therapy, including patients with underlying medical conditions such as blood clotting disorders, severe high blood pressure, active cancer, impaired circulation, or patients with an open fracture or soft tissue injury.
This list isn’t inclusive, and blood flow restriction therapy isn’t the right treatment for everyone. That’s why the physical therapists at Crōm Rehabilitation in Houston create individual treatment plans for every patient: it ensures that every person gets individualized care that’s catered to their unique circumstances and recovery needs. Matching the specific treatment plan with the patient’s goals, abilities, and health profile is a critical component to everything we do at Crōm Rehabilitation.
Why Blood Flow Restriction Therapy At Crom In Houston?
At Crōm Rehabilitation, our main goal is to work with you to reach your maximum potential and conquer any obstacle you’re facing that’s stopping you from getting back to your standard way of life.
Our dedicated team has decades of experience in a variety of health care settings including acute and long-term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, and outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinics.
In addition to being experienced professionals, the therapy team at Crōm Rehabilitation also stays up-to-date on the latest advances in physical therapy techniques, procedures, and technologies.
In combination with our curated plans, years of experience and modern physical therapy techniques, we help you get the results you’re looking for so you can comfortably return to your normal way of life.
Our Process At Crōm Rehabilitation
At Crōm Rehabilitation, our team of dedicated specialists doesn’t approach physical therapy with a one-size-fits-all approach. During your first visit, we will fully evaluate your condition and work with you to understand your therapy goals.
The specific treatments and techniques used, as well as the duration and frequency of subsequent treatment sessions, will depend on your unique needs and your personal goals for your therapy program. We have no “standard” treatment, because every patient’s situation is different and requires a unique approach to achieve the best possible results.
So, whether you’re coming to Crōm Rehabilitation in Houston for blood flow restriction therapy, virtual therapy, or any of our specialized rehabilitation programs, you can feel confident that you’re getting personalized treatment designed to get you back to your normal, pain-free life and routine as quickly as possible.