Blood Flow Restriction Training in Physiotherapy

by | Jan 25, 2023 | News Articles

Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a method of strength training that is gaining popularity in the fitness and rehabilitation communities. BFR training allows individuals to achieve muscle growth and strength gains with lighter weights than traditional strength training methods. This makes it a valuable tool for individuals recovering from injuries or surgeries who may not be able to tolerate heavy weights. BFR training also offers the added benefits of helping to reduce muscle soreness and improve muscle endurance. In this article, we will answer some Frequently Asked Questions regarding BFR training and how it can be effectively incorporated into a physiotherapy program.

Q: What is blood flow restriction training?

A: Blood flow restriction training is a type of strength training that involves the use of a pressure device placed around the proximal portion of a limb, such as the upper arm or thigh, to restrict blood flow in and out of the muscle. This results in a buildup of metabolic byproducts in the muscle, leading to muscle growth and strength gains. Some studies have also shown that EMG activity in the muscle can be 50% higher when using BFR during light exercise.

Q: What are the benefits of BFR training?

A: BFR training can lead to muscle growth and strength gains, even when using lighter weights than typically used for strength training. It may also help to improve muscle endurance, muscle function and reduce muscle soreness. This makes it an ideal option for individuals who may be unable to perform high-load exercises due to injuries, chronic conditions, or other limitations. BFR can be used to target specific muscle groups and can be tailored to the individual’s needs and goals.

Q: Who can benefit from BFR training?

A: BFR training is appropriate for people of all fitness levels, including older adults, athletes, and individuals recovering from injury.

Q: What equipment is needed for BFR training?

A: BFR training requires specialized BFR training bands to partially restrict blood flow.

Q: Who should NOT do BFR training?

A: BFR training is generally considered safe when performed under the guidance of a qualified trainer. However, individuals with hypertension, diabetes, a history of stroke or DVT, cancer, impaired circulation, cardiac disease, active infections, pregnancy, clotting disorders, or other vascular insufficiencies (like varicose veins) are contraindicated.

Sheddon Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic is excited to announce that we currently offer BFR as a treatment option to our clients. Our therapists will work closely with you to develop a personalized program that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. If you are interested in finding out more about BFR training, contact our therapist Liam at


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