All the buzz right now in the world of Physical Therapy seems to be about Blood Flow Restriction Training. I’m not usually one to be all about the buzz, believe me. When a new technique, product, or idea enters the stage, I’m typically very skeptical. With so much hype out of the gate, few of these ideas survive the test of time and slowly become a thing of the past. This is usually due to scholarly research refuting evidence of the benefits compared to the consequences. When Blood Flow Restriction training came onto the scene a few years ago, initially I was suspicious. Why would you want less blood flow to muscles to strengthen them? However, the more traction Blood Flow Restriction Training has gained and the more research that’s been conducted, the more I’ve come to understand the benefits.
Here’s a few highlights of how Blood Flow Restriction Training works:
-A pneumatic restriction cuff is applied proximal to the target muscle
-The muscle is then trained at a low intensity (20-30% of 1 Rep Max)
-Results in increased muscle hypertrophy, strength, and endurance
-Attenuates muscle atrophy
For a more complete breakdown of how Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR) works, plus an interview with Drew Morcos of MOTUS Specialists – the PT who uses BFR to treat top level Pros like Russell Wilson and Carmelo Anthony – continue reading here:
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