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Offered by: ProActive Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine

What is Blood Flow Restriction?
Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) was initially used in Japan in the 1970’s and became popular in the U.S. in the early 2000’s. It was designed for military service members recovering from injuries. In 2015, the treatment technique became widely accessible to the general public.

It involves applying an inflatable blood pressure device around a limb in order to reduce or prevent the blood ow out of the muscle. The goal is to increase muscle growth while minimizing joint load.

Is it SAFE?
Research surrounding BFR supports its effectiveness and safety for gaining strength. Studies have examined the safety concerns of this treatment and conclude that BFR is a safe tool for rehabilitation when it is prescribed and supervised by a trained professional.

ProActive Physical Therapy uses the Del Personalized Tourniquet System, which is the only device that has been cleared by the FDA for this type of treatment. When used properly, the potential side effects are limited to bruising, soreness, and temporary numbness. In some situations, it might be the best, or only, option to help someone maintain or gain muscle strength safely.

How can it help me?

  • Reduce the amount of muscle atrophy after surgery or injury.
  • Strengthen muscles that surround joints where arthritis is present with less pain.
  • Strengthen one side at a time to prevent imbalances.
  • Improve your cardiovascular and bone health.
  • Recover from tendonitis injuries faster.

ProActive Physical Therapy individualizes this treatment for each patient, specific to their goals, training level and past medical history. To learn more about BFR Training at ProActive Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Brighton, visit or call (720) 689-5637. We look forward to seeing you in clinic.