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Should I Get a Massage for a Pulled Muscle?

April 12th, 2017 • Posted by Mary Nix • Permalink

If you suspect you have a pulled muscle, you should first see your physician to receive a professional diagnosis. If your doctor tells you that you have a pulled muscle, then yes, a massage to help relieve the pain from a pulled muscle can help you on your road to recovery.

Your doctor will most likely suggest a series of treatments that can help reduce the pain and inflammation of a pulled muscle. Among those things are over the counter pain medication, alternating hot and cold packs, muscle relaxant medication, chiropractic care and massage. A professional massage helps to stimulate blood flow to the affected area, bringing healing and endorphins, which are the body's natural pain killers. When a particular muscle undergoes a strain or pull, often the surrounding muscles will tighten in order to help protected the injured area. A massage can help relax all the tightened muscles thereby relieving your pain and discomfort. Your massage therapist might also recommend some simple stretches you can do at home to help ease your pain while your muscles are healing.

Often with a pulled muscle, the tendency is to remain bedridden because the slightest activity seems to cause pain. However, too much bed rest can eventually cause muscles to weaken. Therefore, it is important to follow the instructions of both your physician and your massage therapist. They can help you determine how much bed rest you need and when to start increasing your activity.

If your physician has given you the diagnosis of a pulled muscle, please contact us today. We can help you can get on the road to recovery and back on your feet as quickly as possible.

 

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