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You’re finally back in the gym after lounging around the house since March, and boy does it feel good.
The sweat is trickling down your back.
Your muscles are burning.
You’ve missed this so much, and it’s all so rewarding.
It’s been too long, and a pulled muscle (aka a strain) stops you dead in your tracks.
You retreat back to your house, feeling defeated and in pain.
But don’t let one small injury discourage you from getting back in shape. As long as you treat it properly, you can heal a pulled muscle in no time.
But first, you’ll need to understand a little bit of anatomy and physiology.
The science behind a pulled muscle
Strains are most common in large muscles, like your back, calves, quads, hamstrings, or biceps, and occur when you overexert them.
This can happen anytime you move in a way that your body isn’t used to moving, like slipping and falling or doing heavy lifting without warming up first. Strains can also be caused by muscle overuse or repetitive motions that result in gradual wear and tear.
What’s the difference between a strain and a sprain?
One of the key differentiators between a strain and a sprain, is that a strain is an injury to either the muscle itself or the tissue that connects muscle to bone, and a sprain is caused by damage to the tissue that connects bone to bone.
With strains, you’ll feel more pain during lengthening movements and resistance tests. If you begin to notice swelling, inflammation, skin warmth, redness, or bruising, it’s time to consult your doctor.
Why you should never stretch a strain
While your first inkling might be to stretch a pulled muscle, this is actually one of the worst things you can do to it.
Because a strain is a result of overstretching, continuing to stretch it will only make it worse. Your best bet is to refrain from moving in any way that will irritate your injury.
Healing your strain
The RICE method
One of the best remedies for pulled muscles is the “RICE” method. This stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation, and is used to numb the pain–not necessarily treat the injury itself.
If you’re looking to get back in the gym faster, you need a treatment method that will heal both the strain and the pain.
With pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy, this is possible.
This cutting-edge therapy uses low-frequency electrical charges to stimulate your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
It works by reducing inflammation, relaxing your muscles, flushing out cell toxins, and increasing your oxygenation and blood flow to speed up the healing process.
Enhance your athletic performance and heal a pulled muscle by giving your body the extra boost it needs to heal and conquer the competition.
At Independence Wellness & Pulse Center, Dr. John has been treating a range of athletes for decades now. As a CrossFit athlete himself, he lives by this treatment to keep him competing at 76 years old! Request your PEMF appointment today.