Pulled Hamstring Therapy in Waterford, MI
The hamstring is a group of four muscles that run along the back of the thigh. They start at the bottom of the pelvis at a location called the ischial tuberosity. They cross the knee joint and end at the lower leg. Hamstring muscle fibers join with the tough, connective tissue of the hamstring tendons near the places where the tendons attach to bones. It is the muscle group that permits the leg to bend at the knee and straighten itself.
Hamstring strains are classified in three categories: a pull, a partial tear, or a complete tear. A complete tear, or an avulsion injury, results in a tearing away of the tendon from the bone. It can take months to heal. Hamstring injuries are frequently sports-related and can be extremely painful, but they are usually responsive to pulled hamstring therapy.
How Pulled Hamstrings Occur
Muscle overload is the primary cause of a pulled hamstring. This happens when a hamstring is stretched beyond capacity. Hamstring sprains most often occur when the muscle is extended or contracted while it is being overloaded by weight or activity: an “eccentric contraction.”
There are seven risk factors for hamstring injury:
- Muscle tightness: engaging in sports without appropriate stretching exercises.
- Muscle imbalance: for example, in high-speed activities, the quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh may become tired faster than the hamstring muscles, resulting in a strain on the latter.
- Poor conditioning: weak muscles are less able to cope with the strain of exercise and more likely to get injured.
- Muscle fatigue: tired muscles are more prone to injury.
- Type of activity: sports or exercises that target thigh muscles, such as running, sprinting, or dancing.
- Age: older bodies may not be as conditioned for strenuous exercise; adolescents’ muscles may still be growing and thus more subject to injury.
- Prior injury: once a hamstring has been pulled, it is more likely to be damaged again in future.
Pulled Hamstring Therapy
Chiropractic treatment can relieve pressure on the hamstring muscles and surrounding nerves. Using deep tissue procedures, chiropractic care can increase soft tissue motion of the hamstrings and free up joint movement. Ultrasound and electrical muscular stimulation, which can break up scar tissue and restore muscle tone, are also among the options offered by Michigan Chiropractic Specialists for pulled hamstring therapy.
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