Blood Flow Restriction Physical Therapy is a ground-breaking specialized strength training therapy used to expedite patients’ healing through stimulating the body’s own restorative power.
Who Developed the Therapy and Why
The U.S. military developed Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) therapy to save severely wounded limbs of soldiers injured during military combat. Prior to the development of BFR, a severely injured limb that could be saved by medical staff required the wounded solder to spend 2-3 years in rehabilitation. Unfortunately, the outcomes were generally unsuccessful, and soldiers would often end up electing to amputate the injured limb.
Johnny Owens, a physical therapist in the military, reviewed 25 years of research on this subject and found that restricting blood supply could “kick start” the healing process in a way never seen before. Based on those findings, BFR was developed as a therapeutic medical modality and approved for use by the military in 2013. In 2015 the FDA approved this therapy for commercial use.
Optimal Results physical therapistshave been using BFR since 2016, and it’s proving to help our clients make rapid, dramatic improvements. We are especially pleased that BFR allows patients to heal naturally, with greatly improved results.
BFR at Optimal Results Physical Therapy
Optimal Results Physical Therapy is one of the few clinics in the Pacific Northwest offering qualified BFR therapy. BFR is a highly effective method for improving muscle strength and healing after an injury.
NOTE: All Optimal Results physical therapists are FDA licensed to administer BFR therapy safely and effectively.