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What is a pulled hamstring and what is the best treatment for a hamstring tear in London?

Of all muscle injuries in runners, hamstring strains are the most likely to become chronic.

More than 2/3 of runners that strain their hamstrings will re-injure them within a year.
With big stride lengths, sprinters are especially likely to re-injury. Mostly the hamstring strain occurs just before the lead foot hits the ground, when hamstring tension peaks to resist forward motion of the swinging leg.


Dancers almost always injure their inner hamstrings, which are very sensitive to stretch. Runners almost exclusively injure their outer hamstring muscle through contraction.

What is the best treatment for a hamstring tear in London?

Rather than treating the pain with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories (which can interfere with tendon remodelling), the best treatment in London to repair the pulled hamstring tendon may be to have a deep tissue massage directly on the muscle-tendon junction, combined with osteopathic manipulations of the pelvic bone to which the hamstring is attached to.

A pelvic rotation can cause a stretched and tense hamstring muscle. This can easily cause injury when being fully stretched – often causing shock to the runner, therefore, it is important for the hamstring to be addressed via manipulation of the pelvis for faster recovery. 


Physiotherapy and rehabilitation exercises will further help the hamstring tear.

Because the muscle fibres of the hamstring are damaged they should be protected from further strain in the acute phase.


In the first 72 hours it is important to reduce the swelling and inflammation of the damaged hamstring muscle.

Quick to remember is RICE:

Rest

Ice

Compress

Elevation.


Taping and strapping can give extra support to the hamstring tear whilst relieving pressure.
When the hamstring tear has recovered, it is essential to initially build it up with strength and stretching exercises – but gradually so as not to tear it again.
The hamstring is a muscle that can be very prone to damage again, so you need to make sure you get the right advice and treatment.

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