Blood Flow Restriction
Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) utilizes a tourniquet around the proximal portion of the arm or leg while exercising. The tourniquet partially restricts the venous blood flow. By using the tourniquet, this produces a systemic response. During BFR, patients perform high repetitions of exercises with light weights to allow for strength gains.
Blood Flow restriction improves muscle endurance, muscle protein synthesis in elderly, strength, muscle activation, and hypertrophy. BFR increases strength while using only 30% loads. Therapists at Orthopedic Physical Therapy center utilize BFR with patients of all ages to gain strength in the extremities.
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