A patient in rehabilitation and incapable of heavy-lifting wears constricting bands on the upper arms while working with weights so that the benefits of lifting a relatively light load are as great as those of lifting a heavier one. The patient gains strength in injured or weak muscles without placing too much stress on the recovering limb.
Blood-flow restriction therapy is often used to help patients recover from sports injuries as well as those suffered in other contexts. The benefit of lifting relatively light weights is that it puts less strain on the recovering limb.
Blood-flow restriction therapy also may be used in the case of a patient with joint pain or to speed recovery of someone who has had surgery. It is especially useful with older patients who may not be able to lift heavy weights.
Blood Flow Restriction Therapy is helpful in treating the following conditions: