Regular exercise is an important component of rehabilitation for patients with stokes (CVA’s). B Strong BFR is ideally suited to produce significant gains in function in patients who have had a stroke. This can have a dramatic effect on the individual’s activities of daily living. The result can have the patient be independent, as opposed to dependent on additional daily care. In particular, if the patient is hypertensive (has high blood pressure), their blood pressure should be medically controlled.
We have used B Strong BFR with several stroke patients and there have been many patients in Japan (using the predecessor of B Strong, Kaatsu) that have been helped by BFR training. To some extent, it depends on how “dense” (complete) the stroke is. The “denser” or more severe the stroke, the less chance of functional recovery.
Typically, what nerves (and motor pathways) have been killed, are dead, but there is a lot of recovery that can take place to get the individual functional again. Here are some areas where BFR training can help:
- Strengthen the motor pathways/muscles that are still innervated.
- Restore damaged, not dead, motor pathways to function.
- Facilitate healthy neurons to take over the function of dead neurons.