Blood Flow Restriction Physical Therapy & Training in Colorado Springs

What is Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR)?

Physical Therapy in Colorado SpringsWhole Health Chiropractic in Colorado Springs uses smartcuffs as it’s BFR device. Blood flow restriction training is a training in rehabilitation strategy involving the use of Cuffs or Bands places around a limb during exercise, to maintain arterial in flow to the muscles while preventing venous return (venous occlusion).

How does Blood Flow Restriction Therapy it work?

  • Lack of venous return creates a swelling effect of the muscle
  • Metabolites, such as lactate, accumulate and stimulate muscle growth
  • Hypoxic environment promotes strength and muscle growth
  • Direct muscle fatigue forces the nervous system to recruit the largest fast twitch muscle fibers, which had the greatest capacity to grow
  • Increase growth hormone (GH) and insulin growth factor 1 (IGF-1)

What are the benefits of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy??

  • Increased muscle size or hypertrophy
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Increased cardiovascular capacity
  • Increased GH, IGF1 and maybe testosterone
  • Decreased joint/tissue stress
  • Little to no damage
  • Little to no recovery needed
  • Little to no soreness or delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • Low intensity needed (resistance or cardio)

Who benefits?

  • Immobile or mobility restricted populations:
    • Post Surgical
    • Casted
    • elderly
  • Athletic populations
    • Active recovery
    • Decreased joint/tissue loads
    • Isolated exercises for “weak link” region

If you’re interested in how Blood Flow Restriction Therapy & Training can help you, contact us and set up an appointment in our Colorado Springs office today!

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