Relieve Muscle Strain with Home RemediesMonday, September 7, 2009 17:06
Relieve Muscle Strain with Home Remedies
Dr. Preeti Dass
Muscle strain is really painful and it can happen to anyone irrespective of age and gender. Any injury to elbows, knees, wrists, ankle leads to muscle sprains. The muscle get swelling and it causes pain. It can also happen due to inflammation of muscles. Many times the pain in the muscles can happen due to broken bones. In this case only a physician can provide cure for it. But the other types of muscle sprains can be easily cured with home remedies for muscle sprain
Muscle strain or muscle pull or even a muscle tear implies damage to a muscle or its attaching tendons. You can put, undue pressure on muscles during the course of normal daily activities, with sudden, quick heavy lifting, during sports, or while performing work tasks.
Muscle damage can be in the form of tearing (part of all) of the muscle fibers and the tendons attached to the muscle. The tearing of the muscle can also damage small blood vessels, causing local bleeding (bruising) and pain (caused by irritation of the nerve ending in the area).
Muscle Strain Symptoms
· Swelling , bruising or redness, or open cuts as a consequence of the injury
· Pain at rest
· Pain when the specific muscle or the joint in relation to that muscle is used
· Weakness of the muscle or tendons (A sprain, in contrast, is an injury to a joint and its ligaments.)
· Inability to use the muscle at all
When to Seek Medical Care
If you have a significant muscle injury (or if the home care method bring no relief in 24 hours), call your doctor.
If you hear a “popping” sound with the injury, cannot walk, or there is significant swelling, pain, fever, or open cuts, you should be examined in a hospital’s emergency department.
Exams and Tests
The doctor will take a medical history and perform a physical exam. On exam, it is important to establish whether the muscle is partially or completely torn (which can involve much longer healing, possible surgery and a more complicated recovery).
X-rays or laboratory tests are often not necessary, unless there was a history of trauma or evidence of infection.
The amount of swelling or local bleeding into the muscle (from torn blood vessels) can best be managed early by applying ice packs and maintaining the strained muscle in a stretched position. Heat can be applied when the swelling has lessened.
However, the early application of heat can increase swelling and pain.
Note: Ice or heat should not be applied to bare skin. Always use a protective covering such as a towel between the ice or heat and the skin.
· Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as aspirin and ibuprofen to reduce the pain and to improve your ability to move around.
· Protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (known as the PRICE formula) can help the affected muscle. Here’s how: First, remove all constrictive clothing, including jewelry, in the area of muscle strain.
· Protect the strained muscle from further injury.
· Rest the strained muscle. Avoid the activities that caused the strain and other activities that are painful.
· Ice the muscle area (20 minutes every hour while awake). Ice is a very effective anti- inflammatory and pain- relieving agent. Small ice packs, such as packages of frozen vegetables or water frozen in foam coffee cups, applied to the area may help decrease inflammation.
· Compression can be a gently applied with an Ace or other elastic bandage, which can provide both support and decrease swelling. Do not wrap tightly.
· Elevate the injured area to decrease swelling. Prop up a strained leg muscle while sitting, for example.
· Activities that increase muscle pain or work the affected body part are not recommended until the pain has significantly gone away.
Treatment is similar to the treatment at home. The doctor, however, also can determine the extant of muscle and tendon injury and if crutches or a brace is necessary for healing. The doctor can also determine if you need to restrict your activity, take days off work, and if rehabilitation exercises are required to help you recover.
· Avoid injury by daily stretching.
· Stretch every time before you exercise.
· Establish a warm-up routine prior to engaging in strenuous exercise.
· Start an exercise program in consultation with your doctor.
Muscle strain is really painful and it can happen to anyone irrespective of age and gender. Any injury to elbows, knees, wrists, ankle leads to muscle sprains. The muscles get swelling and it causes pain. It can also happen due to inflammation of muscles. Many times the pain in the muscles can happen due to broken bones. In this case only a physician can provide cure for it. But the other types of muscle sprains can be easily cured with home remedies for muscle sprain.
1. Apply ice cubes over the paining muscles, as this will make the muscle numb and give relief from pain. Place some ice cubes in one cloth and tie the cloth. Apply this cloth over the affected body muscle and get relief form the swelling and the pain.
2. If you think that rather than taking this cold treatment heat treatment will be much better for getting relief then you can apply hot water over the paining muscle. Add some Epsom salt into water and boil the water so as to make it enough hot. After the water is enough hot to touch, soak the affected muscle part of your body in this water and keep it there for ten to fifteen minutes. After this wipe the muscles with towel and put bandage over it.
3. The healing of the muscle sprain will take different time for different people. Hence don’t get disheartened in case you are not getting any relief. Give proper rest to the muscles that are paining. Change your schedule for some time in consideration with your muscle sprain.
4. Try not to put any weight on the paining muscle, as this will cause further damages to the muscles. You will need to take care of your aching body and it is better to take leave from your work for few days.
5. It is better to wrap the affected area with bandage or else the swelling will increase. If you will tie the paining muscle then the swelling wont be much.
6. Try to stretch the aching muscle so that the blood circulation will be proper in the affected area.
7. Your food should be rich source of calcium and potassium, as these two are needed for having strong bones, joints and muscles.
8. Applying clove oil over the affected muscles will also relieve the pain and help in speedy recovery. Make the clove oil hot and then allow it to cool down for some time and then apply it over the paining muscles.
9. Applying garlic oil over the inflammatory muscles will give relief form the inflammation, as garlic has anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic oil is also an important remedy for treating arthritis and rheumatism.
10. Applying sesame oil over the spraining muscle is also one of the very effective home remedies for muscle strain. Add one teaspoon of pepper powder in sesame oil and heat the oil for some time and apply it on the affected part.
11. A tablespoon of pepper powder fried in sesame oil until it is charred can be applied as an analgesic liniment for muscle strain.
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. The following have been used traditionally to treat muscle strain:
Shallaki also known as boswellia (Boswellia serrata): In clinical trial, promising results were observed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic colitis, Crohn’s disease. Researchers found that standardized Boswellia extract significantly reduced swelling and pain and usually reduced morning stiffness for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Also known as boswellia, this herb is native to India, used for centuries by Ayurvedic physicians in arthritis herbal remedies. It has well proven anti-inflammatory and pain- relieving effects through the inhibition of inflammatory-causing substances, speeding up of cartilage formation, and improved blood supply to the joints.
Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) is an Asian plant of the potato family. Its roots have long been used to treat “rheumatism,” high blood pressure, immune dysfunctions, erection problems and also to ease inflammation. Because of all this, it’s sometimes called the “Indian ginseng.”
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Research suggests ginger root inhibits production of prostaglandins and leukotrienes, which are involved in pain and inflammation. In an uncontrolled 1992 Danish study, 56 patients who had either RA, OA or muscular discomfort took powdered ginger. All of those with OA or RA reported varying degrees of pain relief and no side effects, even among those who took the ginger for more than two years.
Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate): Magnesium has both anti- inflammatory and anti- arthritic properties and it can be absorbed through the skin. Magnesium is one of the most important of the essential minerals in the body, and it is commonly deficient in the American diet. A New England remedy for arthritis is a hot bath of Epsom salts. The heat of the bath can increase circulation and reduce the swelling of arthritis.
Dosage and Directions: Fill a bathtub with water as hot as you can stand. Add 2 cups of Epsom salts. Bathe for thirty minutes, adding hot water as necessary to keep the temperature warm. Do this daily as often as you’d like.