David just finished the DORiTO training, and this is his Capstone Project as well as a programming initiative at Irondale. – MaryAnn Bowles, Therapy Resource, Endura, CO
The Therapy team at Irondale Post Acute is changing the way we think about exercise in the geriatric population. Using B Strong’s Blood Flow Restriction bands, they are improving outcomes for patients with a variety of functional limitations.
BFR is achieved through the application of specific external pressure, proximally, over the extremities using pressure-controlled bands. Light exercise then results in significant metabolic stress, which stimulates adaptation both locally, in the muscles, and throughout the body via a neurohumoral anabolic cascade.
Some of the benefits of BFR include:
- increased strength and hypertrophy with loads as low as 20% of 1RM
- the release of 70% more growth hormone when compared to traditional heavy resistance exercise
- increased bone mineral density, angiogenesis, and collagen synthesis.
Irondale’s therapists are incorporating BFR into gait training, therapeutic exercise, and therapeutic activities with outstanding results.