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Try These Easy Natural Remedies to Relieve a Muscle Strain

Recovering from a muscle strain can lead to a multitude of remedies. We have all heard of old wives tales and home remedies that can cure everything from an upset stomach to male pattern baldness. When it comes to muscle strains, finding a natural remedy that is easy to administer can lead to greater patient compliance and faster recovery. It’s an added bonus when these natural remedies for healing muscles are natural.

Muscle Strain

Anatomy of a Muscle Strain

Injuries to muscles are very common in athletes, but they can occur to just about anyone, at any time. These muscle strains are caused by two common factors: our muscles being over exerted or stretched and/or being contracted with too much force. Just about anyone who moves or exercises has come across muscle pain caused by overexertion. The terms strain and sprain sound familiar but are generally different. A sprain is an injury (stretching or tearing) to the ligament that holds your joints together or connects your bones/cartilage. A strain is a tear or stretching to your muscle or tendon. Your tendons connect your muscles to bone, while obviously your muscles are tissues that move your different body parts.

Treatments for Muscle Strain at Home

While muscle strains can be painful, they don’t always require a trip to the doctor or hospital. Common sense home treatments can make muscle strains easily treated at home. After suffering a muscle strain, you can implement the simple natural remedy of RICE. This is an acronym for:

  • R: Rest
  • I: Ice
  • C: Compression
  • E: Elevation

This simple and easy four step approach can help expedite healing and should be performed 24 to 48 hours after suffering your injury. These measures can be used in addition to over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as NSAIDs. These can include ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen sodium, and even aspirin. If you continue to experience pain, your doctor can prescribe these in larger doses if need be. Besides OTC painkillers, some easy natural remedies to relieve muscle strains include:

Ice Packs

To reduce swelling, the application of ice is the best way to achieve swelling reduction. The use of ice packs is an easy and economical way to achieve this. These can be single use icepacks that are discarded after one use or you can use those that are reusable by placing them back in the freezer after use.

 MedPride Instant Cold Pack

MedPride Instant Cold Pack

Elastic Bandages

The C in RICE stands for compression and elastic bandages are an easy and simple way to apply compression to a muscle strain. We are all familiar with ACE bandages and they are perfect for injuries involving muscle strains.

 3M ACE Elastic Bandage With Metal Clips

3M ACE Elastic Bandage With Metal Clips

Wedges and Bolsters

Elevation is critical for the RICE process in order to minimize swelling in an injured area. By elevating any area that suffers from a muscle strain, you can help your injury heal faster. After all, a quick recovery is the goal!!

 CanDo Inflatable Vestibular Sitting Wedge

CanDo Inflatable Vestibular Sitting Wedge

Pain Relieving Gel

Improved blood flow can help a muscle strain heal faster and naturally. Use of pain relieving gels can increase blood flow to areas affected by a muscle strain. It can also be used in conjunction with ice or cold therapy in an alternating manner.

 ARI Medical Flexall 454 Maximum Strength Pain Relieving Gel

ARI Medical Flexall 454 Maximum Strength Pain Relieving Gel

Finding easy, natural muscle strain remedies can help you recover from a muscular injury simply and conveniently at home. If your pain should linger or even get worse, be sure to seek medical help from your doctor or even urgent care center.

 

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