Muscle pulls are very common in everyday life. It generally occurs during daily activities like running or engaging in a new fitness routine often due to over-stretching of the muscle. The most common symptoms of a muscle pull include pain in the affected area, restriction of movement around the affected area, or bruising. The most commonly targeted area of muscle pull is the hamstring or quadriceps or even back muscle for that matter. However, there are numerous ways to cure a muscle pull even at home. However, there are still a few misconceptions regarding these treatments especially stretching. This article aims to clear the clouds around this myth and provide you with some clear solutions.

Overstretching or overloading of muscle is the prime cause of a muscle pull. According to basic biology, if you stretch the affected area, blood flow increases in that area which helps the tissues to recover faster. Muscle fibers usually repair themselves in a certain amount of time, depending on the extent of the injury caused. However, stretching might not be helpful in every case of muscle pull or strain and should be completely avoided in case of excessive or unbearable pain in the affected area. Any stretching activity during this time can worsen the pain and injury.

It is extremely important that you consider the degree of the muscle pull before deciding to use stretching therapy as a form of treatment. Light stretching is recommended however only after the recovery of the strain. Since it is essential to provide the affected muscle area with blood flow to promote recovery. It is important to start slow and low to avoid overburdening the healing muscle again. Thus before starting to use stretching as a recovery tool, a few other steps or treatment processes can be followed to improve the muscle strain.

To start with the swelling or the pain can be relieved by using ice packs on the affected muscle area. It is important that the pulled muscle is properly rested enough and its movement is restricted. A bandage can be wrapped around lightly without too much pressure to provide support and reduce swelling. The affected muscle or the area should be kept at a little elevation than the rest of the body to decrease the swelling. Besides these, medicines like painkillers are also available in case of excess pain. It is important that the muscle is rested well before bringing it into function again. And as far as stretching is concerned as a form of treatment for muscle pull, it should only be adopted after the muscle has been healed enough for movement. Kindly refrain from stretching immediately after the muscle pull and before it has been rested enough.

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