What is Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Blood Flow restriction therapy is not new, it has been used in physiotherapy in Japan for years. It is also widely used in the world of strength training. Basically, it is restricting blood flow to a limb/group of muscles, while exercising to improve strength gains and performance ability.

 

How is Blood Flow Restriction Therapy related to physiotherapy

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy has been researched extensively by physiotherapists because we work with patients who have pain and are post-operation, both of which have a lot of trouble building muscle strength. To gain strength in your muscles you need heavy loads i.e heavy weights. This is not easy when you have pain, or an injured/operated joint. So this is where blood flow restriction therapy comes in, it gives you the benefits of weight training without the weights.

What does it involve?

It involves, using a pressure cuff, wrapped around your upper leg or arm, which is pumped up to a specific value to limit blood flow to your muscles. Then you do lots of repetitions of an exercise to strengthen your muscle. Your leg will feel cold and different but not painful.

Is it safe?

Yes, it sounds quite scary, but in fact there have been lots of studies examining its safety and it is very safe, especially if done with a pneumatic pressurised cuff that is tailored to you.

How can we help?

Sligo Physio Space is trained in using blood flow restriction therapy and can hel