What is it?
Inflatable bands are worn around the upper portion of the arms and/or legs to safely
slow the blood in the limb. The bands are inflated to individual pressure prescribed by software and verified by a trainer and the client works out in a specific way.
How does this work?
By depriving the muscle of full blood flow, it fatigues quicker, and stimulates the cellular cascade of mediators to communicate to the body that damage has occurred.
The messages sent are like an extremely heavy weight workout, yet your body doesn’t require heavy weight to achieve this communication. The hormones circulating in the blood stream benefit all areas of the body that were working, not just the restricted limb(s) creating a “Systemic Response.” In other words, the face benefits from the fatigued leg muscle. This is a classic damage or stress with a rebound of healing and growth.
How does The P-Treatment use this tool?
We care about muscle here at The P-Treatment. We care a lot! After the age of 50, humans loose 15% of muscle mass per decade. One week of remaining bedridden can lead to 40% of whole-body muscle loss. It doesn’t return as easily after 50 either. We know weight bearing exercise is powerful. How to achieve an equivalent signal of loading the body with heavy weights, without the risk of injury, brought us to Blood Flow Restriction Technology.
This tool falls into our philosophy of “stress” then “heal” and fits beautifully into many of our treatment weeks. We use BFR in metabolic week to stimulate muscle signaling during a fast and is used in pre/post-surgery to decrease the full body muscle. We also use it simultaneously with peptide work to maximize growth signaling. We use it to increase muscle glycogen storage for those with carbohydrate intolerance.
Aging is associated with a decrease in total muscle mass and decreased longevity. Consider this a bit like banking…you need to high muscle mass during youth and do all you can to keep it high as you age. The use of BFR as a tool occurs only under direct supervision here at the clinic. If you decide to purchase one for home use, we insist on reviewing exactly how, when, and how frequent to use the powerful device for home use. Given many patients have had Covid and may be slightly thrombotic, it is important to know your clotting risks and to follow instructions exactly. Make sure your provider has helped you plan before your BFR workout if you are at risk. Interventions include Aspirin, Lumbrokinase and Nattokinase. We will also help support your post-surgical macro and micronutrients and strongly support the supplementation high quality branched chain amino acids, whey or vegan protein, plus collagen proteins for complete muscle/tendon/ligament healing.
NOTE: If you are pre/post-surgery, your physician must be integrated in the plan and approve.
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