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How Occlusion Bands Can Level Up Your Recovery

When you think of occlusion, you probably think of weight training. But did you know occlusion, or blood flow restriction therapy (BFR), can also be a powerful tool for injury recovery? Read on to find out how using the MyoCuff can boost your recovery.

How Does Occlusion Work?

The science behind occlusion is pretty straightforward. Restrict blood to the particular muscle that you want to strengthen so that you can exercise at a lower intensity but reap the rewards of a tougher workout. Using wraps or cuffs tied around certain areas of the body you can reduce the amount of blood that flows back to the heart. This keeps blood in the muscle you’re working for longer. For example, you might cuff your arm when doing bicep curls and use a lighter weight. Your body is tricked into thinking it’s working harder than it is and releases more growth hormone.

Most athletes will use occlusion training to speed up muscle growth but it can also be an excellent way to speed up recovery.

Occlusion Bands and Recovery

When recovering from injury, you want to get your body back to full strength ASAP. But you also need to be wary of the stress being put on vulnerable tissue, joints and muscles. You don’t want to cause further damage and write your sporting ambitions off completely. Occlusion therapy allows you to work the affected area safely and with impressive results. It can benefit almost anyone suffering from injury or extreme weakness of a limb. However it is particularly transformative for people with non-union fractures, tendon apathy, tendon repair or those in need of ACL reconstruction. 

How to Use the MyoCuff Occlusion Bands

When working with blood restriction therapy, it’s important to get the right kit so you can do it safely and effectively. Our MyoCuff comes in two sizes, one for the upper limb and one for the lower limb. Both cuffs work exactly the same. You secure the cuff around the area you want to focus on, increase the pressure using the pump until you feel real compression. Secure the valve and start your workout. The exercises you’ll do will depend on which area you are trying to rehabilitate. If you’re dealing with a hamstring injury you could do some heel flicks. If you’re trying to work your shoulder you might want to work your biceps with a resistance band.

The power of the MyoCuff is that it can be incorporated into any workout, with no wires or bulky equipment holding you back to hold you back. Whichever part of your body you are trying to work, this great bit of kit will ensure the effectiveness of each exercise skyrockets, without risking further injury. Each session with the MyoCuff will see the growth hormone heading to your muscles increase up to 300%, which is gold dust if you are trying to repair your muscles.

Are There Any Risks Using Occlusion Bands?

If you’re going to disrupting blood flow then there is of course going to be some risk. However occlusion therapy is considered safe. A 2014 study showed that occlusion therapy didn’t lead to any prolonged reduction in muscle function or an increase in damage to muscle tissue.

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