If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram you’ve more than likely seen some of our posts about a new service we’re offering at True Sports Physical Therapy – blood flow restriction training. BFR Training or “tourniquet training” is a revolutionary recovery technique being applied by organizations from the NFL through to the US Army to aid in muscular growth and recovery (it’s also very effective at dealing with other types of soft tissue injury, like ligament and cartilage damage). The particular nature of BFR training allows for appreciable gains to be made even with very low resistance levels, making it ideal for injured or recovering athletes. Let’s dive into the details of BFR a little more and see if it might be the right treatment for you.
How Does Blood Flow Restriction Training Work?
In BFR training the goal is to partially restrict blood flow to an injured limb while the patient engages in strength training. Unlike the strength training most of you may be thinking about right now, BFR is performed at far lower resistance levels.
By isolating the limb in regards to blood flow a trained physical therapist is able to create a localized region of anaerobic training.This allows the therapist to target “type 2” (fast-twitch) muscle fibers specifically, as “type 1” fibers rely on oxygen to contract. Because these type 2 fibers generally produce relatively more force than type 1 fibers, greater strength gains occur from this type of training.
BFR training has also been shown to encourage higher levels of protein synthesis needed to repair and recover muscles and other soft tissue, effectively allowing you to double up on the benefits of your training.
While these are all obviously beneficial from a purely strength training perspective, the advantages of BFR open up a new world in terms of injury recovery. Often times after an injury or surgery the amount of load which a limb can is greatly decreased as we wait for the tissue to heal. Because of this we’ll often see great decreases in strength throughout the affected limb – but with the ability to BFR training in rehabilitation we can minimize this muscular atrophy and lower the recovery timetable as well.
Where Can I Get Blood Flow Restriction Therapy in Baltimore?
You’re already in the right place. True Sports Physical Therapy has held to our word of providing cutting-edge services for our patients by becoming the first privately-owned business in the entire state of Maryland to offer blood flow restriction therapy.
As always, if you’re looking to train and recovery like a professional athlete or even just looking to up your game a bit you don’t need to look any further than True Sports.