Pulled Hamstring Therapy in West Bloomfield, MI
The hamstring is a group of four muscles at the back of the leg, above the knee. This group of muscles is responsible for flexing the knee and extending the hip. Injuries are common among athletes that engage in running and sprinting.
What is a pulled hamstring?
Muscles are composed of groups of fibers that stretch and return. When these fibers are stretched beyond their capability, they begin to tear and lose their ability to bounce back. This painful experience is known as a pulled muscle.
Pulled muscles can range from minor strains to crippling muscle tears. A pulled hamstring may produce a sudden pain during activity. Pain may radiate from the hamstring to the buttock and lower back. The injured area will feel tender and may be warm, red, or swollen.
Pulled hamstring therapy options
There are many effective chiropractic and massage options in pulled hamstring therapy. With new or acute injuries, the first stage of care is rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). As the muscle heals, a proper treatment program is important to maintain strength, stability, and flexibility.
Massage therapy can be performed on the surrounding tissue to increase circulation and reduce inflammation and pain. As the muscle heals, more direct techniques like deep tissue massage therapy can be used to break up scar tissue and maintain mobility.
Chiropractic adjustments may be helpful in reducing pressure on muscles and nerves and in diagnosing the cause of the injury and ensuring all subluxated joints in the hip and knee are treated.
Electric muscle stimulation (EMS) is a technique that involves using a series of electrodes placed on the skin and gentle electric pulses to make muscles contract involuntarily. Electric muscle stimulation offered by Michigan Chiropractic Specialists can be used to reduce chronic pain, increase circulation, reduce healing time, and increase muscle tone.
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