Choosing The Best Blood Flow Restriction Cuffs
Whether you are a physical therapist, elite athlete, or weekend warrior, when looking to purchase Blood Flow Restriction Cuffs it is important to consider the variety of options and how they may impact your rehabilitation or exercise routine.
One of the most important differences between H+ Cuff BFR Cuffs and other BFR Cuffs (such as BSTRONG) is that H+ Cuffs utilize 4 inch wide cuffs.
Wide BFR Cuffs allow for MUCH LOWER pressures to be utilized (Limb Occlusion Pressure is much lower with wide cuffs).
The Prehab Guys have an excellent post that includes the basics of BFR and they state the following:
"It is our recommendation to use a cuff that is as wide as possible, as you need less pressure to the restrict arterial inflow. A wider surface area means lower pressure distributed below the cuff – potentially a safer environment for the more delicate neurovascular structures that are also below the skin."
Additionally, in this Blood Flow Restriction Cuff study, Johnny Owens (Owens Recovery Science) and team discuss the importance of utilizing a wide cuff in order to reduce the amount of pressure on the skin tissue and nerves when measuring Limb Occlusion Pressure.
As far as we know, only Smart Tools Cuffs, Delfi BFR, and BFR Therapy/H+ Cuffs provide the wide cuffs promoted in this study.
BStrong BFR Cuffs, Occlusion Cuff Elite, and EDGE Restriction Cuffs all have narrow width cuffs which require much more pressure to utilize effectively, potentially leading to increased nerve injury risk.