Muscle Strain In Owings Mills, MD
Feel like you’ve strained or pulled a muscle? If so, you may be wondering what you can do to manage the discomfort, stiffness and other problems that come with this minor but incredibly common injury. Did you know that our Owings Mills, MD, physical therapists can also help those with muscle strains?
About Muscle Strains
You might think a pulled muscle isn’t a big deal, but it can take anywhere from four to eight weeks for the pulled muscle to fully recover, depending on what muscle is affected and the severity of the strain. Most people will choose to treat a muscle strain at home with the RICE method (aka rest, ice, compression and elevation); however, if you don’t notice an improvement in your symptoms within 24 hours, it’s time to turn to our team. Chiropractic care can promote optimal healing and a faster recovery so you can get back to what you love most.
Treating Muscle Strains Through Chiropractic Care
Our chiropractor team will evaluate your injury to determine if you are dealing with a strain. There are various techniques that we can use to treat your muscle strain including,
By gently manipulating and moving the joints and tissues, we can promote better blood flow to these areas to drive nutrients from the blood into the injured muscle to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Regular spinal manipulation sessions can realign the spine and improve nerve function, as well as range of motion and flexibility in the tendons, ligaments and joints. Regular manipulation therapy sessions can provide fast relief for strained or pulled muscles.
Active Release Technique
Active release technique (ART) helps break up adhesions (aka scar tissue) in the injured muscles and tissue to reduce pain, stiffness and limited mobility. Through gentle manipulation of the soft tissue, our chiropractor can restore range of motion and flexibility in the muscles, joints and nerves.
Icing and Home Care
While chiropractic care can certainly provide your body with the healing care it needs when home care isn’t enough, that doesn’t mean that rest, icing and other home care don’t work. We can recommend specific exercises and other simple, conservative measures you should be following at home to manage symptoms while the muscle strain heals. Along with the techniques we offer, home care can provide you with ample relief.