BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION 

Feldman Physical Therapy and Performance is very excited to be the only clinic in the Hudson Valley to offer specialized blood flow restriction (BFR) training (occlusion training) and rehab (occlusion therapy).

What Is Blood Flow Restriction Rehab/Training?

Your therapist in Dutchess County will use a special device to restrict the flow of blood out of the limb that you are training and/or rehabbing. New oxygenated blood will still be flowing to the muscle, but the used blood will flow out slower.

Why Would I Want To Do This?

BFR training (also called occlusion training) and rehab has many benefits, so the why is very dependent on your individual situation. BFR training can help to decrease the amount of muscle lost due immobilization, it can help increase the rate at which you will regain strength, and even speed up endurance gains. BFR training can also allow us to achieve greater strength gains with less stress to the muscles and/or tendons which is perfect for rehabbing any tendonitis, or tendon joint pain.

What Types of Conditions Do You Use BFR For:
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Before an ACL surgery
  • Following ACL repair
  • Following Meniscus surgery
  • Hamstring tendonitis
  • Following Total Knee Replacement
  • Following Total Hip Replacement
  • Wrist tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Before Shoulder surgery
  • Following Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Following Labrum Surgery

What Types of Conditions Do You Use BFR For:
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
  • Before an ACL surgery
  • Following ACL repair
  • Following Meniscus surgery
  • Hamstring tendonitis
  • Following Total Knee Replacement
  • Following Total Hip Replacement
  • Wrist tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Before Shoulder surgery
  • Following Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Following Labrum Surgery

How do you use BFR in an uninjured population

Blood flow restriction isn’t only for the injured. Are you training for a marathon and/or triathlon and looking for a way to improve your endurance while lightening your training load or volume. Walking or cycling while wearing the blood flow restriction devices can do just that. We often add 30min of BFR walking or cycling per week into a training plan to replace about 60 min of moderate intensity running. We will often utilize the strength training effects for this population as well. Using the specialized BFR devices we can simulate a 70% 1 repetition max training load using only 20% of that weight. This means if you can squat 100 pounds, instead of using 70 pounds we would use 20. That means less stress on your joints and tissues and more time for recovery, while still getting strength gains needed to reach your goals.

The real question with blood flow restriction training is what can’t it do.
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