Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

BRFBlood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFR) is a revolutionary physical therapy treatment producing increased muscle size and strength during the rehabilitation following injury and surgery. It is effective for both athletes returning to sports and patients resuming day-to-day living.

This evidenced-based and effective treatment option is now available at HealthPoint Rehab. Utilizing the Delphi system, the industry leader in blood flow restriction therapy, patients are able to gain strength and muscle size even when training with lighter weights and at the lower intensity necessary in the early stages of recovery. This FDA-approved surgical tourniquet system consists of a wider, more comfortable cuff for the arm or leg and a microprocessor to ensure the patient’s specific pressure is maintained to insure the best outcomes.

How it Works

  • A cuff is inflated to an individualized pressure to intermittently reduce blood flow to the specific extremity.
  • The patient performs simple, low-load exercises producing muscle fatigue similar to high intensity strength or anaerobic training.  BFR can also be utilized with aerobic workouts such as biking or walking to improve cardiovascular fitness (VO2 max).
  • The body responds with increased muscle size and strength, and often reduced pain

Who Benefits

Patients of all ages recovering from:

  • Muscle strains
  • Patellofemoral pain syndromes
  • Musculoskeletal trauma, fractures
  • Acute or Chronic Tendonitis (tennis elbow, patellar tendonitis, etc)
  • Symptomatic osteoarthritis
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Orthopedic surgeries of the arm or leg (ACL, meniscus, rotator cuff)
  • Periods of limited or non-weight bearing
  • Conditions preventing exercise or strength training at an effective level

Why Choose BFR

One of the most problematic effects of injury or surgery to a joint, bone or muscle is the loss of muscle in the injured limb and the sedentary nature of the early rehabilitation phase. The once unavoidable muscle loss can now be minimized and reversed with BFR. It allows the patient to work toward increasing muscle strength and size much faster than with traditional therapy or strength training. Many patients report decreased pain, improved compliance with exercise, and greater participation in daily activities.