BFR training is a form of safe, low intensity resistance exercise that when applied using a tourniquet device, has demonstrated enhanced muscle growth, muscle strength, oxygen delivery and utilization (VO2Max), collagen dependent tissue repair, and increased bone healing following a fracture.
While performing BFR, the tourniquet device will be inflated, which will safely slow down the rate of blood flow to the working muscle.
The lowered oxygen to the working muscle induces an artificial high intensity environment that will produce normal muscle by-products which are known as lactic acid.
During the prescribed exercise program, the lactic acid will rise and produce a slight to moderate “muscle burn” that will promote increased muscle activation
Despite the low weight, the body can begin the normal process of increasing in tissue repair, strength, and ultimately adaptation.
The outcomes of BFR have been widely studied and proven safe and effective
BFR training is well established in the research literature to be safe for the general population. Certain populations should consult with a physician before application as some contraindications include:
Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training is offered at our Downtown Toronto location at King & Yonge and in North York at our Yonge & Sheppard location. BFR Training would be incorporated into a regular physiotherapy session. Book your appointment with Registered Physiotherapist, Haider Tirmizey.