A pulled muscle, also known as a muscle strain occurs when you overstretch or tear the muscle. Many people who pull a muscle either wait for the pain to subside or work through the pain; however, this isn’t necessary. The professionals at Kilian Chiropractic can help heal the muscle faster.
What Causes a Pulled Muscle?
Pulled muscles occur when you overuse the muscle or if you misuse it. It can also happen when your muscles are fatigued and then overworked. Pulled muscles can occur just about anywhere; however, they are most common in the lower back, neck, and the hamstring.
What Are the Symptoms Of a Pulled Muscle?
When you pull a muscle, you often won’t feel it when it happens. It takes time for the symptoms to begin. These include:
- Sudden pain
- Soreness in the muscle
- Tight, knotted up feeling
- Muscle weakness
- Bruising or discoloration
- Loss of range of motion
Treating a Pulled Muscle Immediately After
As soon as the symptoms of a pulled muscle begin, you should use the RICE method. RICE means:
R: Rest the muscle as much as possible.
I: Put ice on the affected muscle.
C: Use an elastic bandage to compress the muscle.
E: Elevate the affected extremity.
You can also use an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil. Tylenol can also help with the pain.
While the RICE method will help, chiropractic care can help speed up the healing process. After performing a physical exam to determine the best course of action, a light massage will help with the pain. Chiropractic manipulation is often used to promote healing. You should understand that you need to be patient, and your muscle won’t be healed after just one visit to the chiropractor. You will feel some relief after the first visit, but it will take some time for the muscle to heal completely.
Preventing Muscle Strains
While chiropractic care can help heal a pulled muscle, it is best to avoid pulling a muscle in the first place. There are a few ways that you can do this.
- Life heavy object correctly, by bending at the knees and lifting with your legs. Also, never twist when lifting something heavy.
- Wear the right shoes to avoid a fall.
- Take precautions to prevent falls such as using the handrails on stairs, take caution on slippery surfaces, and keep your floors clean.
- Maintain proper posture and avoid sitting for too long.
- Pay attention to what is going on in front of you when playing sports.
If you have a pulled muscle, our chiropractor at Kilian Chiropractic in Downtown Vancouver can help. We can help speed up the recovery process, which will help prevent further injury. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.