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Blood Flow Restriction Training (BRFT)

BFRT is utilized by sports medicine experts, top athletes, and the U.S. military as an effective tool in the rehabilitation and strengthening of patients, producing dramatically positive outcomes.

What Is BFRT?

BFRT is an exercise modality that restricts venous outflow (never arterial occlusion) in combination with light weight or bodyweight training to achieve similar training results to high intensity training.

How Does BFRT Work?

To enhance both muscle mass and strength, high-intensity resistance exercises with loads approximately 70-85 % of 1-Repetition Maximum (1-RM) are recommended. However, heavy-load-resistance exercise may not be possible with injuries that do not allow heavy strength training. BFRT safely utilizes a tourniquet style pressure that safely restricts venous blood flow. Restricted blood flow combined with light resistance exercise facilitates muscle protein synthesis and metabolic accumulation, resulting in similar gains as heavy strength training.

Which Patients Are Indicated For BFRT?

Athletes and non-athletes alike. Whether the patient is recovering from a sports injury or suffering from arthritic pain, BFRT can help build strength and get back to the activities they love. BFRT has also been shown to be safe and effective in elderly populations in reducing sarcopenia and enhancing cardiovascular health.

  • What Does BFRT Accomplish? Increase muscle size, strength,
    and activation
  • Increase VO2 max
  • Decrease scar tissue and pain
  • Increase collagen synthesis for tendons, cartilage, and bone
  • Reduce post-surgical atrophy
  • Increase anti-clotting factors


BreakThrough Physios are now LSVT BIG® certified clinicians. LSVT BIG® trains people with Parkinson’s disease to use their body more normally. LSVT BIG® is an intensive, amplitude-focused treatment that effectively trains your neuromuscular system.

Who Benefits from LSVT Treatment?

The exercises can be modified depending on the patient’s functional ability. Developed and scientifically researched over the past 25 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health, LSVT BIG® has demonstrated improvements in motor function in people with Parkinson’s disease including, but not limited to:

  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Improved balance
  • Increased trunk rotation
  • Improvements in daily living activities such as bed mobility and dressing
  • Improved fine motor control

LSVT BIG Program Features

The LSVT treatment protocol consists of:

  • 16 occupational or physical therapy sessions:
  • 4 consecutive days per week for 4 weeks
  • Individual one-hour sessions
  • Daily homework practice/carryover exercises
  • Program available as an outpatient or via home health (physician order required)

Free Screen on Us

We offer complimentary screens at all BreakThrough PT locations. If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer.

Ready to reclaim your life? BreakThrough is here to help.


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five stars Zoe BreakThrough PT Patient

We rate BreakThrough Physical Therapy a 10; we are extremely happy! After having received excellent PT in the past, we had no doubt this was the only place we would trust with our son’s recovery. The warm, welcoming environment makes it a comfortable place to receive therapy. This puts him at ease allowing for the…

five stars Mary Y. BreakThrough PT Patient

After just 4 visits…I feel like a brand new person. Before, I could barely walk for 15 minutes without my back screaming in pain. Now I’m zooming through therapy and going on walks at home.

five stars Christy F. BreakThrough PT Patient

Wonderful staff, very helpful, competent and professional. They listen to what I say and are working with me to meet my goal.

five stars Barbara E. BreakThrough PT Patient

Amazing service. They have gone out of their way to call and follow up with me while doing my at-home exercises. Highly recommend.

five stars Josh F. BreakThrough PT Patient

My husband was skeptical of my choice to use physical therapy to treat my back pain instead of medications. After seeing my results from working with the BreakThrough Physical Therapy team, my husband is a believer now too.

five stars Tiffany B. BreakThrough PT Patient

I couldn’t have wished for a better place to go for my knee replacement therapy! They know what they are doing to get you back in the swing of things so you can go on with your life!

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