November 11, 2014
Researchers at Brooke Army Medical Center are using a "tourniquet training" to help wounded warriors return to full health -- and they think it could change the way athletes recover from orthopedic injuries, as well.
Formally known as blood flow restriction (BRF) training, the technique could be a revolutionary shift in rehabilitation. A pneumatic surgical tourniquet -- similar to a blood pressure cuff -- is applied to the injured limb to partially restrict blood flow while the patient engages in strength training. Unlike traditional strength training methods that require high loads to make appreciable gains, this form of training is performed at very low resistance.