What is BFR and how does it work?

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) is a form of exercise training that helps improve fitness and function, performance of sport or specific activities, and shorten recovery time of injuries with the use of uniquely designed inflatable cuffs or bands.  BFR restricts full venous blood flow and partial arterial blood flow to a limb during exercise to make the brain think the muscle is working harder than it is.  The restriction of blood flow creates a similar cellular environment that your muscles would experience when lifting heavy weights.

With the use of this technology, low intensity workouts are performed to allow maximum benefits without wear and tear on the body.  BFR helps to stimulate the production of growth hormone to increase lean muscle, form stronger bones, regulate metabolism, and advance collagen production.  It has become a favorite among health care providers, professional athletes, and fitness experts to improve performance levels, strength, stamina, speed, and agility to achieve sport, fitness, and functional goals.

To read a research article about BFR, click here.

Who can benefit from BFR?

Everyone!  BFR technology is used by a wide variety of people of all ages because it rapidly helps improve muscle atrophy and weakness.  Those who have undergone surgical repairs and reconstructions, fractures, muscular strains and sprains, severe musculoskeletal trauma, deconditioning, and symptomatic osteoarthritis are great candidates.


  • By using BFR while performing light weight exercise in a short amount of time, one can gain similar strength benefits as lifting heavy weights.
  • BFR is completed within a physical therapy session and lasts no longer than 15-20 minutes.
  • Cuffs/bands are applied to upper or lower extremities and are self-inflated by a licensed professional based on the patients needs.
  • Cuffs/bands will provide adequate pressure to the limbs during exercise in order to maximize benefits, while minimizing risk.