Athletico Physical Therapy announces the offering of blood flow restriction (BFR) training services at its locations via a partnership with B STRONG.

BFR rehabilitation uses a specialized restrictive device to put an individualized amount of pressure on an exercising arm or leg to minimize the effects of limited extremity use, shorten rehab time, and enhance patient outcomes.

“B STRONG stood out to us in terms of the safety, ease of use, and versatility of the product in combination with the expertise and support of Dr Stray-Gundersen and the team behind B STRONG,” says Grant Koster, senior vice president of clinical operations at Athletico Physical Therapy, in a media release. “We’ve seen great results in some of our tests sites and the affordability of B STRONG now allows us to offer BFR training company-wide.”

Utilization of BFR technology combats the loss of muscle in an injured limb during the inactive period after injury. With BFR, a rehabilitation professional may be able to manipulate the athlete’s protein synthesis into a positive state. This way, patients are able to get the benefits that accompany heavy lifting early in the recovery process before they are cleared and/or if they don’t have the strength for it.

During BFR training, patients wear inflatable belts around the upper portion of the arms and/or legs to safely slow the flow of blood in the limb. The belts are inflated to individualized pressures prescribed by the B STRONG system, and simple, low-load exercise produces muscle burn comparable to intense anaerobic training. This strong fatigue produces hypertrophy and strength gains on par with traditional weight lifting exercises, the release explains.

“It’s an honor for us to be working so closely together to help deliver the best care and service to the public,” states Sean Whalen, co-founder and chief executive officer of B STRONG, in the release. “We’ve seen amazing results with our product, and are excited to help expand B STRONG’s impact to every Athletico facility in the country.”

[Source(s): Athletico Physical Therapy, PR Newswire]