Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

What is Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFR)?

Procedures in Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation (BFR) involve the use of pressure on an injured arm or leg to periodically reduce blood flow. Putting limits on blood flow to the muscles encourages muscle growth and strength gains without excessive weight on the affected limb.

Use of inflatable devices enhances the rehabilitation process of most types of muscular injuries, and pressure can be easily modified to the individual. The effects of limited use of limbs are reduced while using BFR and rehabilitation time is decreased, getting patients back to living life again.

Patients can benefit from BFR who are:

• Healing from most Post-surgical/procedural situations

• Rehabing most types of muscular injuries

• recovering from ACL reconstruction, meniscectomy, hip/knee replacement, rotator cuff repair

• Healing from any tendon repair

• Recovering from Achilles tendon injuries

• Suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteopenia, osteoporosis

• Aiming to improve athletic performance

• Supplementing routine training

*Blood Flow Restriction is offered at select locations.


It may seem like restricting blood flow to injured body parts would be dangerous or counter-productive. However, if performed and monitored by a trained blood flow restriction professional, this is safe and effective. BFR therapy at low loads can affect improvement in muscle strength in patients who are unable to perform high-resistance exercise or patients who have persistent extremity weakness despite traditional therapy.