Muscle strains are very common. For example, thirty-one million Americans experience some sort of lower back pain every year. Muscle strain occurs when a muscle is pulled or torn due to over-exertion. It is a partial tear of the small fibers that make up the muscle. The tearing is so small that it may only be seen with the help of a microscope. Athletes are particularly susceptible to muscle strain due to the repetitive usage of particular muscles in strenuous sports activities. For example, a tennis player often strains muscles in his or her shoulder due to the wear and tear a service motion puts on the shoulder muscles. Some of the common signs of muscle strain include:
- a felling of pain while in an inactive, stationary position
- lack of ability to use the body part that is strained
A muscle strain can make even the most minute tasks seem difficult. Just sitting in your office chair at work can be a pain when you have a pulled muscle. Here are some prevention and treatment methods for muscle pain:
- Protect the pulled muscle from further injury by taking time to rest and avoiding rigorous physical activities.
- Immediately after the injury, apply ice packs on the affected area every 20 minutes. Make sure that the injured muscle is comfortably extended. This will help improve blood circulation.
- After inflammation is gone, you can use heating pads to relax the muscles in the affected body part.
- Take an advanced pain reliever to reduce aches and improve mobility. Also a pain reliever will get your mind off the nagging injury. A pain reliever with Emu Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Camphor, Extract of Arnica & Menthol will speed recovery time.
- Rest, Rest, Rest. This can’t be emphasized enough! Rest allows your body to properly prepare injured or strained muscles.
- Always warm-up and do stretch exercises before partaking in physical activity.
- If you work in a desk at work, take 10 minute micro-breaks throughout the day. Go outside, take a walk, stretch. Get away from your computer.
- Exercise regularly to keep your body in good physical condition. A simple 3-day, 20-40 cardiovascular routine, followed by a core strengthening program is a great way to start. A swiss ball is a good, inexpensive, easy tool to use. Don’t fall victim to all of those goofy core-building, ab machines you see on infomercials, they may work to a degree but most of them are limited and a Swiss ball is all you really need.
- Eat right. If you eat well, you’ll be in better shape and less susceptible to injury because you’ll be lighter and nimbler and daily, routine tasks such as household chores will be much easier.
- Rest, Rest, Rest. Once again, rest allows your body to properly recover.