Blood Flow Restriction Training

Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFR), also known as occlusion, is a low-load exercise training method that involves the restriction of blood flow to the muscles. BFR is an effective training method because it maximizes muscle hypertrophy while tissue load capacity is limited/low. This can be beneficial to post-operative patients in a rehabilitation program wanting to see results with low loads because heavy loads cannot be tolerated. It is reported that patients are seeing results from BFR with their weight loads as low as 20-30% of their one rep maximum(1RM). BFR is successful due to the restricted venous outflow of the muscle, which produces metabolic stress and leads to an increased hypertrophic stimulus to the muscle. Strength training is important for many clinical populations during musculoskeletal rehabilitation and if you are interested in learning more about how Blood Flow Restriction training can assist you please contact SSMI at (480) 664-4615. References: Hughes, Luke, et al. “Blood Flow Restriction Training in Clinical Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” British Journal of Sports Medicine, British Association of Sport and Excercise Medicine, 1 July 2017,