When most people hear about IBM, they think about computers and technology, but there’s a different type of IBM called Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) that deserves some attention. It is a muscle disorder that is characterized by progressive muscle weakness and wasting over time. Unfortunately, as the condition continues it can become very debilitating. So, developing strategies to maintain overall strength and function are extremely important to maintain a high quality of life. No matter if it is IBM, muscular dystrophy, or chronic conditions that impact the nerve cells (ALS or multiple sclerosis) leading to muscle weakness maintaining strength and function are imperative.
So how can B Strong Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) be a good fit in these situations? Easy exercise with light loads can be performed with BFR to produce a stimulus that is typically only seen with lifting heavy weights or performing intense exercise. Falls risks can be high or safety a concern with muscle disorders. If a safe environment can be created for exercise and a simple and safe application of BFR can be utilized, some amazing results can follow.
Over the last year, I’ve been designing fitness programs utilizing B Strong to help people who find themselves in this situation. This is the first I’ve written about it, because I didn’t know how it would pan out, but I’ve reached a point where the results I’ve seen have been so impactful that it would be a disservice not to share. This is the first blog of a series that will showcase several of my clients. They are the heroes and their stories hold far more weight than I could ever try to communicate on my own.
John is a client with IBM. Listen in as he talks about how he is regaining function of his hand and building muscle mass in his arms and legs as a result of his guided fitness program using B Strong. Keep in mind, John was only 2 months into his program when these were recorded.
People often wonder, “How long are these exercise sessions to produce these types of results?”. With John he was using B Strong 3-4 days/week during the first two months of his fitness program. These sessions were all less than 20 minutes in duration. He talks about the ease of exercise and how even though he is exercising for a shorter period of time the results of his exercise have been maximized.