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Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Blood flow restriction rehabilitation, or BFR, is a new and different way to rehabilitate muscle injuries, particularly those occurring in an arm or leg. Professional sports teams have used BFR for quite some time to help athletes recover from injuries. The technology is now available to patients at NeuroAthlete.

What Is Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation?

BFR uses an FDA- approved surgical tourniquet system that looks very similar to a blood pressure cuff. The system is placed on an injured arm or leg to periodically reduce blood flow to the limb while the patient performs specific exercises.

Limiting blood flow to the muscles a process called occlusion allows the patient to work the muscles without placing excessive weight on the limb. The use of BFR can vary throughout treatment.

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Who Benefits from Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation?

BFR can safely be used to treat and rehabilitate patients with most types of muscular injuries.

The chance of forming a blood clot during BFR is no greater than a blood clot forming as a result of traditional therapy methods. We probably wouldn’t recommend it for an elderly patient who might not be able to tolerate the occlusion very well, though.”

NeuroAthlete staff uses BFR most commonly in patients recovering from:

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How Does Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation Work?

BFR forces the body to activate all muscles on the limb where the blood flow is being restricted. It can be incorporated into traditional physical therapy sessions, just as other techniques or equipment might be.

At NeuroAthlete we first have the patient work the injured muscle through traditional, weight-bearing physical therapy exercises, and then end with BFR. This ensures the injured muscles have been worked to their fullest and, ultimately, can aid in faster recovery times.

At NeuroAthlete we are always accepting New Patients!

Call Us at (719) 225-4949 to book your Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Therapy appointment today!