What is Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Therapy?

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Therapy is a training technique that uses a specialized cuff to apply an individualized pressure to reduce venous return of blood while allowing continued atrial blood flow. When individualized, BFR is a medically safe and highly effective method that can be used for both rehabilitation and performance athletes.

Who might benefit from Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Therapy?

  • Anyone looking to gain strength! BFR is used to improve muscle hypertrophy & strength without increased joint stresses.
  • Pre-op: BFR can be used to optimize strength with reduced joint and non-contractile tissue stresses, leading to improved post-surgical outcomes.
  • Post-surgical - A few days after surgery, BFR can be used with safe, protocol exercises to prevent atrophy and even make strength gains.
  • Athletes looking to reduce joint shear forces and non-contractile tissue damage.
  • In-season athletes training or transition/rest periods in a periodized training program.

At Axis Physical Therapy in Jacksonville, NC, several of our clinicians are certified to provide Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Therapy.

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