Introduction To Hamstring Treatment
Last week we wrote about three symptoms of a hamstring strain. You can access this content by clicking here. Meanwhile, in this post were going to disclose EXACTLY how to treat a pulled hamstring.
Hamstring injuries can be quite painful and when not treated immediately, they can result in swelling and tenderness. You need some basic information on the treatment of pulled hamstring; this will help you avoid the stress that comes with the pain, swelling and tenderness of the injured area. With grades one and two of a pulled hamstring taking between three weeks and a month to heal, you would like to reduce the healing period. Apart from the level of injury suffered, early treatment for a pulled hamstring is the next major factor that determines your rehabilitation period and full recovery. Here are three secrets that will help you recover from a pulled hamstring.
Stop Further Movement
The first thing you should do is to stop further movement, you should rest to avoid further straining the injury as this can lead to more pain. The injured part should not be strained; otherwise, the injury will worsen, elongating the healing and rehabilitation period. You are also advised to apply an ice pack to the injured area at least once per hour on the first day, this should be reduced to once every two to three hours for a couple of days. However, people who have blood circulation problems should avoid this as it can lead to some complications.
Strengthening and Stretching the Area Carefully
Strengthening the injured part is an excellent way to protect the hamstring from further damage. This should be done to quicken the healing process but also reduce chances of future injuries. Improving flexibility and strengthening the muscles will help the patient return to full fitness and also encourage the muscles in the area to grow. Mild stretching exercises are recommended, but you should cautiously start using small and light stretches. The exercises should be done for a few seconds and several sets of repetitions. However one is advised to stop if the pain escalates.
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Get Hands-On Care
The injured muscle needs to release in order for the hamstring pull to heal. You need to get hands-on care. An exercise that can help you in this involves sitting on a firm chair, placing a tennis ball under the hamstring, finding the trigger point and directing the body weight towards it. You should then roll in small circles while breathing deeply. This should be done until the pain disappears. With this exercise, the tight muscle will release its tension. The exercise is easy and can be comfortably done at home.
If this doesn’t do the trick, you’ll need to see an EXPERT physical therapist that can use their hands to ease the muscle and expedite the healing process. A physical therapist can also prescribe the CORRECT exercises so that you can return to full function and feel like your old self again. To get started with one of your physical therapist you can click here or give us a call at 239-223-0484
About Author: Dr. Scott Gray
Dr. Scott Gray is an internationally recognized and expert physical therapist specializing in sport, athletic, and back and neck injuries. He is the inventor of a revolutionary form of treatment called the GRAY METHOD. This type of treatment unlike others, addresses the CAUSE rather than just your SYMPTOMS with a full body approach. For more information on how to ease or overcome your injury, go to www.backinmotionsspt.com.