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Hamstring Strain Expert Interview Massage

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Susan Findlay from the North London School of Sports Massage talks about how sports massage can help in the healing and treatment of hamstring strains.

Sports massage can help in treating hamstring strains. It helps to lengthen the muscles if they need to be lengthened out. In some cases this is not necessary. Sports massage can rectify compromises or dysfunction by flushing out the tissue, lengthening it, making it softer to prevent tears.

The hamstring is an area which tends to need regular maintenance. When the injury is in an acute state, RICE is applied and either immobilisation or active rest. Sports massage isn't usually applied until there is no pain on touching the area. At this point, the massaeg therapist can go in and flush out waste products, address any adhesions in the muscle or realign tissues and look at the muscle balances.

Massage does benefit this injury. Regular maintenance can help prevent the injury returning. Often people ignore a minor injury, it gets better so they continue and then it tears worse. It's better to address the initial injury.

Test yourself flash cards

Question 1/8:

First aid for any acute muscle strain including hamstring pulls is PRICE which stands for.....

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  • Protection
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

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Question 2/8:

The hamstrings consist of which three muscles?

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  • Semitendinosis
  • Semimembranosis
  • Biceps femoris

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Question 3/8:

Which type of activity is more likely to result in a strain high at the back of the thigh?

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A stretch related muscle strain.

 

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Question 4/8:

Which type of activity causes a strain lower in the muscle?

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Sprinting.

 

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Question 5/8:

How soon should strengthening exercises begin after a hamstring strain?

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As soon as pain allows!

 

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Question 6/8:

Which type of strengthening exercises should be done first for a recent hamstring strain?

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Isometric or static exercises which involve squeezing the muscle but no movement.

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Question 7/8:

What type of stretching is dynamic stretching?

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Stretching which involves movement or gentle swinging of the leg to stretch the muscle at speed.

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Question 8/8:

Is heat a useful form of treatment? If so, when?

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Yes! After the acute stage heat and ice can be alternated or later on just heat.

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