Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)
Blood Flow Restriction or BFR training is an exercise approach using calibrated bands to allow patients to make strength gains while lifting lighter loads. The bands reduce venous outflow (blood leaving the muscle) while still maintaining arterial inflow (blood coming in). The value in this exercise training is two-fold; there can be considerably less stress on joints as the exercise intensity is reduced and strength gains can continue while lifting less weight. Ideal candidates for this type of exercise include post operative patients, deconditioned individuals, athletes, and patients with arthritis.