Sports massage can be used in the treatment of hamstring strain to help remodel the scar and increase the flexibility of the muscles.
The following sports massage demonstration video is for information purposes. We recommend seeking professional advice for hamstring strain treatment. Before attempting any massage your therapist will check for contraindications to sports massage which would mean massage is unsuitable.
Massage for hamstring strains
Massage has many benefits but specifically for hamstring strains it can help loosen scar tissue and tight muscles, stimulate blood flow and therefore healing and aid in the stretching of the muscles.
Massage should not be done in the acute stage as this may increase bleeding and prolong the healing process. The acute stage may last from 48 hours (for a grade 1 tear) up to a week for more severe injuries.
Technique 1 - Effleurage
Effleurage is used to spread the oil and warm up the muscles ready for deeper techniques.
Technique 2 - Petrissage
Petrissage is another technique used to loosen the muscle fibres. It is a kneading type technique in which one hand moves the muscles in one direction whilst the other pulls them the other way.
Technique 3 - Stripping the muscle
Stripping is a technique used to iron out and lumps and bumps in the muscle. Usually one thumb is used although it can be reinforced with other fingers. It is a slow, purposeful movement in the direction of the blood flow (towards the heart) which can help to remodel the scar tissue.
Technique 4 - Circular frictions
Circular frictions are applied to areas of muscle tightness such as knots, as well as to the scar location to break down the scar tissue and help to realign it.