Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
As the saying goes, work SMARTER not HARDER!!!
What is Blood Flow Restriction Therapy?
Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Therapy is a technique that uses a pneumatic cuff placed around an extremity (arm or leg) while performing exercise. The cuff is inflated to create pressure and mechanically occlude partial arterial and complete venous blood flow. This results in accumulation of metabolites that increases muscle force and promotes muscle growth. The goal of BFR is to improve muscle strength and stimulate muscle growth with low level exercise.
Who would benefit from Blood Flow Restriction Therapy?
How does this work?
Is BFR effective?
Is BFR safe?
Key Benefits of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
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