SRT - Sports Rehab Tourniquet
We have created a total BFR training system that includes cuffs of different lengths. Now you can perform a wider array of exercises with the freedom of a detachable pump.
How BFR works
Setting your pressure
Literature gives a wide range of effective pressures varying from 75-220mmHg and 50-80% of arterial pressure (AO). There is a lot of debate as to the best pressure to use.
There are a few ways to do this:
a. Individualised pressure calculation: this provides a pressure setting that is specific to the user and takes into account limb circumference and blood pressure. Using an equation, you can calculate a theoretical arterial occlusion pressure (50%) providing a more accurate pressure setting. I have a downloadable spreadsheet to assist you with calculating your own pressure. Please note you will need a blood pressure monitor to use this method.
b. Set pressure (literature indicates that between 75mmHg -200mmHg works). 75mmHg is quite light and 200mmHg is very tight. I would only take experienced athletes with a large thigh to that pressure. A standard thigh you are looking at anywhere between 120-150mmHg.
Approximate pressure for a thigh I look towards:
45-50cm = 100mmHg
51-55cm = 130mmHg
56-59cm = 150 - 160mmHg
60cm = 160-170mmHg
Please note that these pressure are for thighs only and that arms and calf pressures are a lot lower.