Growth hormone from the pituitary gland is also increased significantly, which means that regardless of which limbs have the BFR cuffs applied, the whole body gets stronger. Additionally, blood flow restriction has been shown to increase endurance by both increasing VO2Max (by restricting the amount of blood and fluid the heart has to work with during cardio exercise and training it to be more efficient) and by increasing vascularization, mitochondrial content, and therefore exercise endurance of the muscles themselves. The use of BFR training, especially in addition to a standard strengthening program, can create and enhance full-body gains in muscle size, strength, and function, as well as overall endurance and cardiovascular ability.
The product that I use is called the B-Strong bands by HawkGripz. These cuffs are made in a way that ensures that blood flow cannot be completely cut off, making the system completely safe to use for up to 20 minutes at a time and up to three times a day without running the risk of injury (rest days aren’t necessary because the low workout loads means that the muscles aren’t experiencing mechanical damage that requires recovery). The product itself is safe and you would be in the best hands to make sure that you would not negatively affect your recovery as you progress in your treatment.