Believe it or not, this is almost word for word the title of the "sample" blog post in the software.
Who cares? I don't. I wanted to talk about this anyway. When we first looked at providing education for BFRT users, we considered partnering with a number of current vendors as we taught courses. We have a history of training more than 300,000 healthcare professionals and providing continuing education (taught by recognized experts) and advanced post-doctorate credentials. More on that later.
For a while, we bought their stories about equipment, use, testing etc. We soon found, however, that while effective, we had reactions to many options that we later confirmed by people to whom we showed this exciting new fitness/rehab option.
We looked at several "pneumatic" cuffs. It is disappointing when people are excited about a product, but when they find out the price, never return your call. I get it, at $449 to $1,200 to $4,500 or even $9,000, fitness takes a back seat to paying the rent!
People provided even more comments. Stories about these later, but just to give you a hint, Safety, Comfort, Ease of Use, and Programming were equally important.
In reading lots of case studies, most of the smarter people basically said "it comes down to pressure". In addition, "it does not matter how you apply the pressure, just that it be suffecient to fully occlude venous flow.
So we looked for easy, comfortable ways to apply pressure and boy did we learn a lot. To this day, I am sure that 90% of professionals using BFRT do not have any idea of the variance in products and what they mean.
We will talk about that later.
Most important, I found a fabric to use on the cuffs, yes we also do black, that almost everyone seems to love. It's called Urban Camo. Below is a picture of my cuffs. Those are arm cuffs by the way.
While they are only 2" (5cm) wide, they are 95% effecient in applying pressure meaning that they require pressure similar to a 4" pneumatic cuff. What's the problem with 4" pneumatic? Wait until you flex with a 4" pneumatic covering your bicep and then you can tell me! What about a 2" pneumatic cuff? Well how about requiring 2x to 3x the pressure! Ouch!