Chiropractic Care For a Pulled Muscle

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Also referred to as a muscle strain, pulled muscles are one of the most common types of physical injuries among athletes and bodybuilders. As the name suggest, this condition occurs when one or more muscles are pulled beyond their normal limit. Muscles have a certain elasticity which provides us with freedom of mobility. However, stretching these muscles beyond their ‘normal’ range may result in a pulled muscle. If you are currently suffering from a pulled muscle, keep reading to learn more about this condition and how you can recover in less time.

Muscles are basically collections of small individual fibers. When you perform high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises, small tears develop in these fibers. These tears are actually beneficial since they encourage the body to rebuild the muscle will stronger fibers. But when you stretch or overuse a muscle group beyond its normal range, large tears occur, which results in a pulled muscle.

Symptoms of a pulled muscle vary from person to person, but it’s not uncommon for pain, stiffness and deep bruising to occur on the affected area. The pain typically occurs immediately once the muscle is pulled, but the discoloration from bruising won’t set in until the following day. This is why it’s important to keep a close eye on your muscle groups in the days following an intense workout session or sports game.

While pulled muscles are more common in athletes and bodybuilders, anyone can develop this condition, regardless of their physical activity levels. Don’t assume that you’re 100% protected from pulled muscles just because you aren’t an athlete. Even if you sit down at a desk working for eight or more hours a day, you could still pull a muscle from standing up and stretching the wrong way. Most physicians encourage light stretching to improve muscle flexibility while encouraging blood flow, but forcing your body to stretch beyond its limit leaves you vulnerable to pulling a muscle.

Following the Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) rule tends to work well for treating a pulled muscle. Whether it’s your foot, leg, arm or any other muscle group, you need to keep the affected area elevated with a cold compression to help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort. Placing an ice pack on the affected muscle group for 10 minutes and off for 5 will reduce swelling while treating some of the pain. Most importantly, however, avoid intense bouts of physical activity until the muscle has fully healed.

Professional chiropractors can oftentimes help to speed up the healing process of a pulled muscle. They’ll perform a physical examination of the affected muscle to determine the best course of treatment. A light massage along with a manual adjustment may offer some relief of pain and discomfort associated with the strain. In addition, they may also advise you to take an ibuprofen to reduce some of the swelling. Remain patient and give your body time to naturally heal the pulled muscle.

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