Symptoms: Bruising, redness, muscle pain when at rest, or weakness of the muscle.
Types of Strains:
Grade 1 Strain: This is a mild strain. Only part of the muscle fibers have been damaged. Healing occurs in roughly two weeks.
Grade 2 Strain: This is a moderate strain. There is more with more damage to muscle fibers than grade 1, but the muscle is not completely ruptured. Healing occurs within three to six weeks.
Grade 3 Strain: This is a complete rupture of the muscle, which is far more serious of an injury than a grade 1 or 2. The healing period can take up to three months
One of the best things you can do to aid in healing so you can get back to working out again is to manage the injury immediately after you sustain it with RICE, which stands for rest, ice (20 minutes for every hour when you are awake), compression, and elevation (try to keep an injured muscle at your heart level). This will help reduce swelling and prevent blood pool, which is critical to the healing process.
Several days after the injury you can take a non-steroidal anti- inflammatory, such as ibuprofen (with your doctors permission), but its not advisable to take it for the first few days after you are injured. This is because these drugs function as blood thinners and can inhibit blood clotting and increase swelling.
These aid in pain relief, muscle relaxation & inflammation: Magnesium, Arnica, White Willow Bark (natural asprin), Omega 3's(flax, fish, cod liver, black current, borage or krill), & Ginger.
Gentle Stretching helps with 'damaged muscle fibers'. Try a light form of yoga (deep breaths in each slow movement & pose). Gentle Massage with therapeutic oils is best to support muscles (arnica, rosemary, birch, St. John's oil).
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