One of the most emerging trends in cutting edge rehabilitation and strength training is blood flow restriction. The therapist takes a blood flow restriction cuff, similar to a blood pressure cuff, and uses a doppler ultrasound to find the client’s occlusion pressure, or the pressure at which blood flow shuts off to the limb.
An appropriate percentage of blood flow is then restricted by pumping up the cuffs, and the client undergoes a series of exercises.
One of the main benefits of blood flow restriction is the ability to significantly LOWER the amount of resistance needed to achieve the same level of work from a targeted muscle. In essence you achieve results very similar to high intensity resistance training. This is especially important for conditions like tendonitis, tendinopathy, partial rotator cuff tears, post operatively or with non operative conditions for partial or non weight bearing precautions.