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Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

MPOWER Performance Institute

Physical Therapy, Personal Training, Massage Therapy, and Nutrition programs located in Nashville & Franklin, TN

Blood flow restriction training is an innovative therapy that helps people struggling to improve muscle strength due to an injury or chronic illness. MPOWER Performance Institute, with offices in the Midtown and Green Hills neighborhoods in Nashville and the Cool Springs neighborhood in Franklin, Tennessee, has physical therapists that specialize in BFR training. To learn more about BFR training and how it can help you, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Q & A

What is blood flow restriction (BFR) training?

Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a type of physical therapy treatment. It focuses on helping patients improve muscle strength while lifting lighter loads to reduce stress on the body.

Traditionally, lifting heavy weights is the best way to improve muscle strength. However, if you suffer from a chronic pain condition or you’re recovering from surgery, you may find the traditional strength-building technique causes more pain than you can handle.

MPOWER Performance Institute is a state-of-the-art athletic rehabilitation facility. The team of experts uses many innovative tools to help you reach your fitness, health, and wellness goals. 

They offer BFR training for patients struggling to make health gains because of pain. 

How does blood flow restriction (BFR) training work?

BFR training works by altering blood flow to and from the body part you’re working out. The team at MPOWER Performance Institute uses various tools that help maintain the inflow of oxygen-rich blood to the area while decreasing the outflow of oxygen-poor blood. 

When you lift weights to build muscle, your body undergoes many physiological changes to improve muscle strength, including:

  • Releasing anabolic hormones
  • Activating stem cells
  • Reducing oxygen to the muscle
  • Swelling your cells

When lifting lighter loads, these physiological changes are more difficult to achieve. However, BFR training forces these changes, which allows you to improve muscle strength while lifting lighter weights. 

What happens during blood flow restriction (BFR) training?

Your physical therapist at MPOWER Performance Institute reviews the details of your BFR training during your consultation. They may perform BFR training on your upper or lower limbs.

First, your physical therapist places a cuff on your limb to restrict blood flow. Then, they have you start your resistance training program. To get the most benefits, your physical therapist may recommend 2-4 sessions a week for 1-3 weeks.  

The team may also suggest BFR training for aerobic conditioning. It works best when walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike. 

Don’t let your fear of pain prevent you from reaching your wellness goals. To learn more about BFR training at MPOWER Performance Institute and how it can benefit your health and wellness, call the office nearest you or book a consultation online today.