Today’s featured PT is Andrew Cook PT, DPT, CSCS, FDN, BFRc of Cook Performance & Therapy in North Carolina.  Dr. Cook specializes in clients of all ages and backgrounds. From young athletes to active adults, Fortune 500 clients, individuals looking to avoid joint replacement surgery, and those suffering from pain or dysfunction that want to get back to doing what they love. He utilizes hands-on manual therapy, exercises prescription, and movement analysis to get you pain-free and performing at your best.  He also utilizes Functional Dry Needling, Blood Flow Restriction Training and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). If you’re ready to take your health and fitness to the next level, avoid unnecessary surgeries, pain medications, and/or injections, Dr. Cook is the choice for you.

In today’s video Andrew demonstrates blood flow restriction training (BFR).  BFR is an incredible tool for building or maintaining muscle after an injury.  BFR training places less stress on the joints and other tissues due to the use of lighter weights.  By restricting blood flow the athlete can fatigue the muscle and create a stimulus for growth with less resistance which is perfect for recovering from an injury or adverse event.  BFR can also be used by otherwise healthy athletes to mitigate overtraining from high resistance loads.  In this video, Dr. Cook performs tricep extensions and biceps curls with the blood flow restriction cuffs just below the shoulder limiting blood flow to the biceps and triceps muscles.  He performs high repetition sets to fatigue.  The weight on the cable machine is low and yet he still gets a great pump and stimulates muscle growth.

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