Blood Flow restriction (BFR) for recovery

Blood Flow Restriction

Trigger your muscles natural bio-chemistry to reduce pain, soreness, and speed up recovery.

The Technology

This is the cutting edge of recovery in the world of high-performance sports.  When you temporarily restriction blood flow to muscles, it creates an anaerobic (without oxygen) environment much like during a workout. 

Blood Flow restrictions helps recovery by

  • Restricting venous return without stopping arterial blood flow
  • Stimulating growth hormone secretion
  • Creating metabolites that trigger muscle repair and growth

BFR has been shown to naturally stimulate secretion of more growth hormone and trigger biochemical signals that help repair muscle tissue.  

You can get back to activities quicker because Blood Flow Restriction reduces Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness from training, reduces pain signaling, and help restore your performance faster.

What to expect

When you use BFR you will have cuffs placed around your arms or legs depending on your goals.  Using an app, the Bluetooth bands are calibrated to a safe and effective pressure. 

While relaxing in one of our zero-gravity chairs, the app will take you through short intervals of blood flow restriction and reperfusion to the target body parts.  The series will last ~ 25 minutes.

In some of the Vive Curated tech STACKS, BFR is combined with NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation for enhanced results in tissue repair and improving strength.

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No.  While, it makes sense to question whether restricting blood flow is safe, BFR has been used extensively around the world and has been shown safe in hundreds of research studies.

Yes.  Over 800 published research studies have evaluated BFR for safety, training, recovery, and therapy.

Yes they do. However muscle can handle complete hypoxia (no oxygen) for 60-90 minutes.  BFR protocols only create short intermittent restrictions up to a few minutes.

In fact, blood flow restriction doesn’t actually cut off all of the blood flow.  The amount of blood flowing back from the muscles (venous return) is reduced by anywhere from 40-100%.  However, the blood flowing from the heart to the muscles is only reduced 20-80%.

As a proven safe modality, it great for most healthy people.  With that said, there are some conditions when we don’t recommend BFR including;

  • Circulatory issues or clot risk (deep vein thrombosis)
  • Recent surgery with anesthesia (with previous 7 days)
  • Severe, uncontrolled hypertension
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Pregnancy
  • Under 12 years of age
  • Open wound or incision
  • Active Infection
  • Lymphadema

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