Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

The Windom Area Health Rehabilitation Department is now offering an exciting new treatment called Blood Flow Restriction (BFR).

What is BFR?

BFR is a type of resistance training that utilizes a tourniquet on the patient’s upper arm or leg to temporarily slow down the blood flow to that particular limb. The patient will then perform exercises specific to his or her needs, which will help to strengthen that area. BFR allows patients to perform these exercises with less weight (easing on pain) but with the same benefits of heavy weight resistance exercises.

Who will benefit from BFR?

BFR is perfect for patients who are having pain with lifting heavier weights because of an injury or surgery. With BFR, patients will see strength gains similar to lifting heavy weights while lifting light weights. Although BFR is perfect for people with pain, this is also an alternative for people without pain. Anybody looking to improve strength will benefit from BFR.

For questions regarding BFR, give the Rehabilitation Department a call at 507-831-0634.

Blog Written By: Mitch Boeck, Physical Therapist

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