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Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT)
(also known as Occlusion Training)

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Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT)
(also known as Occlusion Training)

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About the Blood Flow Restriction Training Service

At Complete Physio, Blood Flow Restriction Training (BFRT) is used as part of a well-rounded rehab plan, to get you back strong, confident and ready to achieve your goals. BFRT is a form of training used in both rehab and performance settings to boost muscular hypertrophy and strength, all in a short amount of time (2-4 weeks) using light loading (less than 30% of maximum), reducing recovery times.

How does blood flow restriction training work?

BFRT uses a pneumonic cuff to safely and effectively restrict blood flow out of the working limb but still allows blood flow in, meaning blood and metabolites pool in the limb, creating an environment conducive to muscle growth.

The use of light loads is often preferred over heavy loads during rehab as recovering areas may be re-injured, irritated or damaged by using heavy loading e.g. a repaired ligament, arthritic knee, or strained muscle.

Unfortunately, light loads alone are not sufficient to improve strength, so combining these with BFR means improved strength, without the risk of further injury.

There are three main groups that BFRT is used within a clinical setting

  • Those who are recovering from surgery
  • The elderly population
  • Injured athletes looking to speed up their return to play

BFR has many other uses including;

  • Reducing disuse atrophy (muscular wasting) when in a cast or bedridden
  • Post athletic performance recovery
  • Managing loads in athletes
  • General health improvement

A young athlete with knee pain using BFRT to gain muscle bulk and strength without overloading his joints.

Complete Physio’s BFRT Service can be tailored for the above needs and more. Our BFRT Service is headed by Rehabilitation Physiotherapist Reece Noble. Reece has 10 years of experience as a physiotherapist and also holds a Masters degree in Strength & Conditioning.

Simply put, BFRT = quick strength gains at low loads

How BFRT Works

Based on 597 reviews.
Ben Reeves
Ben Reeves
2021-03-13
Cannot recommend Dan Boyd enough - I did the clinical bike fit with Dan having had problems knee pain whilst cycling. It's absolutely fantastic to have diagnostic testing from a qualified physio as well as someone to look over your riding position to know you've covered all bases. Dan is really knowledgeable, having worked with a series of competitive riders, and they have a great turbotrainer and camera setup at the practice. He also really goes the extra mile and has been following up with me ever since as part of the clinical bikefit package to ensure I continue my recovery. If you have any issues from riding I wouldn't hesitate to book yourself in with Dan
Virginia Lo
Virginia Lo
2021-03-11
Excellent physiotherapist Dan and Luke!!! I’d to recommend complete physio to everyone without any hesitation
Mrs P
Mrs P
2021-03-11
I suffer from chronic back pain and the physiotherapist knew exactly where to massage to relieve the pain. She also sent me a video afterwards to show how to do few exercises.
Customer
Customer
2021-03-11
I’ll leave full feedback when my therapy programme is completed.
Mr Andrew Allison
Mr Andrew Allison
2021-03-11
Quick simple and straight forward. Why would you pay more than you actually have to?
Giulio Bertocci
Giulio Bertocci
2021-03-06
Very good service, I would recommend it definitely
Mrs Roberta Claudia Saia
Mrs Roberta Claudia Saia
2021-03-04
Very happy with Complete Physio. Alastair is great, the exercises and program given to me are clear to follow. You can log your progress in the app which is a nice perk. I felt in good hands. Thank you
Marta
Marta
2021-03-04
I had an ultrasound guided cortisone injection by Dave Baker. I received extensive information about the procedure and felt in good hands at all times. The injection was surprisingly painless and it started to have effect after few days. Can recommend Complete Physio to anyone needing ultrasound diagnosis or guided injections. Thanks you Dave!
Vivien
Vivien"Knowland HMAR MIFA CHNC reg. reflexologist
2021-03-04
Making an appt a little muddled......l did not receive required Covid form & had to ask for it. However consultation with CM very thorough Fulham clinic well organised & friendly.
Mr R G Luxa
Mr R G Luxa
2021-03-04
Excellent service. I was seen on time and listen too. The procedure was professionally carried out by Chris Myers. Thank you. Robert Luxa

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Testimonials

“Blood flow restriction training was able to help me build muscle back in my calf after my Achilles Rupture – I added 1cm to the circumference of my calf in the first 4 weeks of using it. I was able to push myself harder than I would have been able to without the cuffs and it was a great supplement to my home exercise program”

Frank – Achilles Tendon Rupture

“I used BFR to help with my partial supraspinatus (shoulder) tear. I was able to strengthen the muscles without using heavy loads and therefore avoiding pain. I found it to be an innovative approach to rehab and training”

Ivan – Rotator Cuff tear

“I definitely feel stronger after it (BFRT) and haven’t had the usual setbacks my injury has traditionally given me. I’d usually have steroid injections every 6 months and after BFR I’m still doing fine without the steroid, now in month 8 and still no knee pain. To anyone considering using it I’d say give it a try; it’s worked for me! It’s pretty quick too so easy to fit into a busy schedule”

Adam – Knee Cartilage Injury

“I think BFRT helped me get confidence in my knee faster compared to regular physio. BFRT really pushes you to the limit and helps you in feeling better”

Carola – Medial Meniscal Repair

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