Blood Flow Restriction Therapy in Concord, Tyngsboro and Barrington

While exercise is important, there are other treatments such as personalized blood flow restriction therapy. These can give you better results with the same amount of effort (more results from your hard work). After an injury or surgery, it’s normal for your muscles not to look the same. After you have been completely treated, your body should appear the same on both sides.

The healing process can be accelerated by personalized blood flow restriction therapy

Exercises alone can make many people feel depressed after an injury or surgery. Sometimes they feel that something is missing or that they aren’t quite “back to normal.” They procrastinate, and eventually believe they will have to live with their situation for the rest of life. They are still unhappy with the results years later and don’t feel back to their true selves. 

Personalized blood flow restriction can help you recover faster after an injury, surgery, or other medical procedure. Barbell Therapy and Performance sees people every day who are able to live the life that they desire after undergoing personalized blood flow restriction therapy. Personalized blood flow restriction therapy is a natural way to live the life you want.

How does Personalized Blood Flow Restriction Therapy work?

The device used in personalized blood flow restriction therapy is similar to a blood pressure monitor to reduce blood flow to specific areas of the body. This can be done while you are doing exercises. This trick tricks your muscles into believing they are performing a hard exercise. It doesn’t put too much strain on your surgical or injured area. This means that you can exercise at 85-90% effort, but only 20-35% of your work.

Multiple studies have shown that the System is effective in restoring mobility and speeding up recovery for patients suffering from cumulative trauma disorders or other soft tissue dysfunctions. These distinct benefits are evident in the vast majority of cases.

BFR rehabilitation refers to the temporary and intermittent occlusion or blockage of blood flow through veins while exercising. This technique allows you to exercise lighter while still achieving hypertrophy (growth) or a strength response. To achieve hypertrophy and strength in your muscles, you’d need to lift heavy loads.


It is important to decrease blood flow enough to make positive changes. The amount of pressure that is used will vary from person to person. When determining the pressure you need, it is important to consider the size and density of your limbs, blood pressure, location of the tourniquet and the width of the tourniquet. To account for these variables, your healthcare provider will use a specialized tourniquet system that includes a monitor. Your healthcare provider will also discuss with you any contraindications that may be associated with this treatment to help you determine if your case is a good candidate.


After you have determined your personal pressure, you can begin the exercises that are best suited to your rehabilitation plan. Your muscles will feel more tired even though you are lifting less weight. This is due to the buildup lactate in your muscles, which is the desired response to this training. To maximize your response, it is crucial that you do all the sets and repetitions recommended by your healthcare provider. Your heart rate may rise and you might feel a similar sensation to a heavy workout. This is normal and to be expected.

Benefits of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy in Concord, Tyngsboro and Barrington

Many positive effects can be seen after you’ve completed your workout and have enough lactate. These include an increase of growth hormone and other metabolic factors that can help you grow your muscles. You will also see an increase in muscle protein production, which will improve your muscles’ growth. To maximize these benefits, you should talk to your healthcare provider about the best nutrition guidelines.

Side Effects

Rarely are there any side effects. Most common side effects include residual swelling, fatigued muscles and mild soreness. These symptoms are usually temporary and disappear within 24 hours. Talk to your healthcare provider if you experience prolonged swelling, fatigue, or soreness.

Request An Appointment

Please fill out this form and we will contact you about scheduling.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Marilyn Cannon

Ramez is a top notch PT and coach! He was extremely thorough in evaluating my daughter starting with her medical history down to her functional movement patterns. As a PT myself, he helped me with a deeper understanding of why she had difficulty with certain movements. He followed up with a detailed assessment and videos of her home exercises, along with cues as to what she should be feeling when doing her exercises. This really helped her brain make sense of what muscles should be engaged. He is an enthusiastic PT, teacher and coach and I highly recommend him!

When I have injured myself, I have used Brett for PT and he is phenomenal in that area as well. With a strong knowledge base and constantly learning new techniques/keeping up with new knowledge I know I am in great hands.

Brett understands and preaches that health and rehab is not one or two sessions and boom you are all fixed, but is a process that requires education, persistence and a desire to be better.

See Brett and you are in great hands.

Dave Schneider

I came to Barbell Therapy after a year of dealing with wretched lower back pain from a snowboarding accident that was making it impossible to do the activities I enjoyed such as tennis and golf and at times even just being so bad that I was resigned to the couch. Not operating off of any assumptions, Ramez did a thorough evaluation and put together a detailed program that involved sessions with him twice a week and at home workouts. He is very hands on and can explain difficult anatomical concepts in layman terms. I noticed a difference within a month and a huge difference within three months. At this point my lower back ceases to be a daily problem, and whenever I have relapses, which are rare, I am generally able to recover quickly with rest and falling back on these foundational core strengthening exercises. Highly recommend!

Dry Needling
Movement Retraining
Normatec Recovery Systems

Physical Therapy & Recovery
Rehab to Performance Hybrid Program
Sports Performance