At ProActive Physical Therapy, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to best serve our patients thereby guiding them towards improved outcomes and the achievement of their desired goals. In reflecting this dedication, we’re excited to announce that Brian Zukowski, PT, DPT, COMT at our East clinic, is now certified in Blood Flow Restriction (BFR).
He is one of the first physical therapists in Tucson to be certified through Owens Recovery Science and offering such service to his patients.
What is Blood Flow Restriction?
Improving strength is a typical component and goal in physical rehabilitation following an injury or surgery. The challenge that is often faced in such circumstances is that the individual is unable to tolerate or is restricted in such activities that are necessary to create the physiological changes that result in increased muscle size and strength. To allow for this challenge to be overcome, Blood Flow Restriction therapy has been developed.
Through utilization of BFR, a tourniquet set at a personalized pressure is placed upon the proximal region of the injured limb to thereby partially restrict the blood flow. This alteration of blood flow thereby allows the patient or athlete to make greater strength gains while lifting lighter loads. This results in the desired outcome of strength and hypertrophy to be achieve while simultaneously reducing the overall stress placed on the limb.
Who is it for?
As featured on ESPN, Blood Flow Restriction therapy can benefit the injured athlete recover from an injury and return to the game at a high level of performance. While this remains a key benefit, the latest research is geared towards the geriatric patient and how BFR can benefit them as well. One of multiple benefits is the ability to gain strength with lighter loads on a limb that has been injured or is painful secondary to arthritic changes. As recent research suggests, it can be optimally used pre-surgically to allow for such a patient to go in to surgery with greater strength and control.
Therefore, from athletes to geriatric patients, BFR can benefit an array of patient types.
We recommend meeting with a certified physical therapist to determine if it’s right for you. If you’re interested in learning more about BFR and how it could benefit you, we currently offer this service at our East clinic.