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Education Opportunity: Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation Course

Blood Flow Restriction Rehab Course Taught by Owens Recovery Science for Physical Therapists and other Healthcare Professionals


Hosted by KinetaCare Physiotherapy

4676 32nd Avenue Suite C Hudsonville, MI

April 23, 2022


Course Cost: $650 Per Clinician

CEU Credit: 8.5 Contact Hours for PTs/PTAs and 8.5 EBPs for ATs

This is a one day course from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM


Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation (PBFR) is a paradigm shifting intervention for the rehabilitation professional with hundreds of peer-reviewed articles in the scientific literature. By applying a tourniquet briefly and intermittently to an exercising limb you can induce significant and substantial strength, hypertrophy and endurance changes while using a very light load. By attending this one day training course for PBFR training, clinicians will:

  • Translate the physiology behind mechanical tension compared to metabolic accumulation training and the downstream effects.
  • Manipulate PBFR protocols to create a local or systemic response within the soft tissues.
  • Differentiate limb occlusion pressures objectively for each individual athlete/patient.
  • Translate appropriate tourniquet safety measures to the outpatient/training room setting.
  • Recommend and implement a rehabilitation BFR protocol for patients after injury or surgery.

Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation Program

Purpose Successful mastery of the course objectives will prepare the clinician to understand and utilize blood flow restriction (BFR) training. This is a rigorously researched area (hundreds of published peer reviewed articles) that allows individuals to restore strength and hypertrophy safely after injury with very low loads.

The clinician will learn the physiological principles behind blood flow restriction training to include enhanced muscle protein synthesis, systemic responses and increased gene expression. From this the clinician will be introduced to the use of BFR in clinical settings to improve strength and hypertrophy after surgery or injury, mitigate the atrophy associated with disuse or non-weight bearing and learn the potential role of BFR on bone healing.

To perform this technique the clinician will need to use a specialized surgical tourniquet. The FDA regulates tourniquets and lists them as a Class I medical device. This course will instruct the clinician in proper tourniquet safety including AORN guidelines. This will include the understanding and measurement of limb occlusion pressure, the use of pneumatic tourniquets and proper tourniquet cuffs that minimize potential injury.

This is an advanced level of difficulty course secondary to the need to have a strong science foundation to understand the physiological principles that take place. This is a treatment that is not covered as core coursework for ATCs, PTs and OTs.

Learn more about Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation for clients at KinetaCare.

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