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Maximising your Rehab: A Comprehensive Approach

Embarking on a rehabilitation journey is a commitment to your well-being and recovery. Whether you are recovering from an injury or looking to enhance your physical performance, a multi-faceted approach is key. We spoke with our partners at Technique Health and Fitness, who have sports medicine clinics across London, to explore how integrating sports massage, physiotherapy, and Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) can maximise your rehab efforts and get you back on track.

Charlie Willett performing lunges whilst wearing Hytro BFR Performance Shorts

The synergy between sports massage, physiotherapy, and BFR creates a holistic and effective approach to rehabilitation, explain Technique Health. Sports massage prepares your muscles for physiotherapy interventions, enhancing the benefits of manual therapy and exercises. BFR, when strategically incorporated, amplifies the impact of strength training without overloading your body. 


Sports massage: unlocking tension and enhancing recovery

Sports massage is not just a luxury for athletes; it plays a crucial role in the rehabilitation process. By targeting specific muscle groups and employing techniques like deep tissue massage, sports massage helps alleviate muscle tension, reduce inflammation, and improve flexibility. Technique Health confirms that regular sports massage sessions can enhance blood circulation, promoting a faster healing process and preventing further injuries. 



Physiotherapy: tailored rehabilitation programmes

Physiotherapy is the cornerstone of effective rehabilitation. A qualified physiotherapist assesses your condition, identifies underlying issues, and develops a personalised rehabilitation plan. Through a combination of manual therapy, exercises, and education, physiotherapy aims to restore function, improve mobility, and strengthen weakened areas. Consistency is key, so the team at Technique Health strongly advises that you adhere to your physiotherapist’s recommendations and exercises diligently. 


Blood Flow Restriction (BFR): increasing training effectiveness

Blood Flow Restriction is an innovative technique gaining popularity in the rehabilitation realm beyond the world of elite sport. By locking blood in specific muscles during low-intensity exercises, BFR drives quicker and more effective adaptations. This approach is particularly beneficial when traditional high-intensity exercises may be contra-indicated due to injury. Under the guidance of a trained professional, BFR can be integrated into your rehab programme to accelerate strength gains and improve overall function. Technique Health adopts a unique approach using Benchmarking in the assessment process to guide rehab more effectively which enables seamless integration of BFR.


Josh Charnley holding weighted medicine ball about to throw it within a gym environment


The effectiveness of BFR for rehabilitation has been evidenced within professional sports for some time, with athletes such as England International and Leigh Leopards player Josh Charnley utilising the Hytro BFR Training Tee and BFR Performance Shorts to return to play quicker “I wore the Hytro BFR Tee two weeks into my rehabilitation programme and it near enough halved my recovery time. I was able to lift, not heavy weights, but weights to mobilise and get moving again.” 


Charlie Willett on WattBike wearing Hytro BFR wearables


The benefits BFR offers make it a tool that anyone undergoing rehabilitation should consider. Following her ACL injury, Charlie Willett, Ealing Trailfinders player, used the Women’s Hytro BFR Performance Shorts as part of her programme, testifying “Using Hytro BFR for rehab was a no-brainer. One of the struggles of ACL injuries is the loss of quad muscle. However, I already have equal size on both legs 13 weeks post-surgery, thanks to BFR training.” 


Maximising rehab requires a comprehensive strategy that addresses various aspects of your physical well-being. You can optimize your rehabilitation journey by combining the therapeutic benefits of sports massage, the expertise of a physiotherapist, and the innovative approach of Blood Flow Restriction. Technique Health strongly reiterates that consistency and collaboration with healthcare professionals are paramount. Embracing the process and staying committed to your personalised plan, will see your body transforms on the path to recovery and strength. 


Athlete stretching on floor whilst wearing Hytro BFR wearables


If you have any questions or would like to book a physio or sports massage appointment, speak to the expert team at Technique Health today via email or call 0333 358 3534. Quote Hytro to receive 15% off all treatments. 


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