Pulled muscles are most often treated by frequently icing the area and with light stretching. If a pulled muscle is more severe, sometimes non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAID’s) or other painkillers are prescribed, and there is an obvious risk of negative side effects. In addition, once a muscle is significantly pulled, it can be more susceptible to re-injury in the future.
Alternatively, Cold Laser Therapy helps to increase the speed of healing by transferring light energy into the cells of the affected area. In turn, this decreases pain and restores mobility faster. Cold Laser therapy also strengthens the tissues, preventing future re-injury. And unlike medication, there is no risk of negative side effects.
A sudden movement, repetitive strain or lifting a heavy object can place undue tension on the back, straining the muscles and/or ligaments. Being physically unfit, having poor muscle control or muscular imbalances can make one more susceptible to back strains. This injury can occur in sedentary and active individuals.
Injury to the adductor muscles of the inner thigh. This condition is caused by overstretching the adductor muscles during activities with ballistic movements (ie. kicking, sprinting, jumping) such as in hockey, soccer, skiing, dancing, gymnastics, sprinting, and speed skating.
Injury to one or more of the hamstrings, a group of three muscles on the back of the thigh that allow you to bend your knee. Can be caused by direct trauma to the area or from overstretching during activities such as running, sprinting, jumping or stopping/starting.
Injury to one or both of the two major muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) on the back of the lower leg that make up the calf. These muscles are responsible for pointing the foot and are prone to injury during activities such as jumping, running and sprinting. More serious cases of calf strains can lead to Achilles tendon problems.
Regenerates Muscle Tissue:
Transfers light energy to the affected cells of muscle, regenerating and strengthening damaged muscle tissue to prevent future injury.
Speeds up the body’s natural inflammation phase and induces the repair phase of healing.
Removes Internal Scar Tissue:
Inhibits and removes Internal Scar Tissue that naturally forms from injury or repetitive strain, causing discomfort and a delay in healing.
Helps damaged nerves to recover by growing the neural network and repairing vital insulation around the nerve.
Stimulates Blood Flow:
Increases the delivery of oxygen and nutrients required for healing of the affected cells.
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Muscle strains, pulls or tears are damage to the muscle or it’s attaching tendon. Healthy muscles can withstand many of our day to day activities, however sudden movements, playing sports or lifting heavy objects are a few examples of how undue pressure can be placed on the tissues and cause damage.
Potential causes of muscle pulls include overloading the muscle or joint, impact from contact sports, overtraining, fatigue, weakness, structural or biomechanical issues, poor muscle coordination, inadequate warm-up or previous injury.
There are varying degrees of muscle strains, from mild (a few fibres) to severe (most fibres or complete tear). Once the muscle sustains such an injury, the body’s natural response is to lay down thick, fibrous scar tissue to help protect the area. As the scar tissue builds up, it actually slows down or even stops fresh blood from reaching the injured area, in turn slowing down the healing process and potentially causing more harm to the tissues. This is why some muscle strains take a long time to heal or sometimes don’t heal at all.
It is important to know that most cases are very treatable and respond well to alternative therapy. Active release techniques and cold laser therapy are extremely effective at healing these muscle injuries quickly.