Strained a Muscle, How to Rehab?

Matthew Anderson, Physica Physiotherapy, Mar 2017. 

Muscle tears and injuries are a common occurrence in any sport. There are important factors that should be considered when rehabilitating any muscle injury. Generally speaking, from the time of the initial injury up to two weeks later the muscle undergoes degeneration and inflammation. Muscle regeneration tends to peak at two-to-three weeks after the injury and can continue for several weeks depending on the severity of the injury. Over these weeks, scar tissue can form where the muscle injury occurred. It is within the early phase of degeneration that modified rest is recommended to allow the muscle to start regenerating without further trauma.

Once exercise rehabilitation starts the type of muscle injured must be considered. Muscles can be loosely grouped into slow-twitch and fast-twitch muscle fibers. Slow-twitch muscles are those that provide more endurance and postural support such as the soleus. Fast-twitch muscle fibers provide more rapid contractions and greater force such as the quadriceps. To get the most out of your rehabilitation, exercises need to focus on replicating the function of each muscle and the type of contraction that it performs.

There are many other individual factors that should be considered when recovering from a muscle injury, so if you’re ever not sure how to start rehabilitating your muscle injury speak to your physiotherapist for some guidance.

If you would like to discuss any part of your injury or have your muscle injuries assessed by a physiotherapist you can receive 10% off consultations with Matthew Anderson at Physica Physiotherapy. Simply mention you're a member of Training Day Gym Burwood. You can call 9017 5223 to contact Matt.

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