Strains & Sprains
CONDITION: Strains & Sprains
OVERVIEW: Strains, also known as pulled muscles, occur when a muscle has been torn or overstretched. Many people use these terms interchangeably, but the main difference involves the type of tissue involved. Sprains occur when a ligament has been torn or overstretched. Strains and sprains only involving a few damaged fibers usually cause only mild discomfort, but moderate and severe injuries can be debilitating.
- Decreased strength
- Muscle weakness
- Redness or bruising
CAUSES: Strains occur when the muscle is stretched beyond its limit or from an overly strong contraction. Sports that require jumping and quick starts, such as in hurdling, basketball, and gymnastics, can lead to this type of injury. Sprains occur when a ligament is overextended, as can happen when walking on an uneven surface, falling on your hand, skiing, and playing tennis.
WHAT MAKES IT WORSE:
- Not warming up before exercise
- Poor flexibility
- Poor posture
- Awkward body positioning
COMMON THERAPIES: Medications used to reduce pain include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) or prescription medication if pain is moderate to severe.
NATURAL INGREDIENTS WE USE:
Chamomile Flower Extract: Calms and reduces inflammation
Lavender Essential Oil: Reduces pain sensitivity
Lemongrass Essential Oil: Reduces inflammation & eases anxiety
Menthol: Reduces pain sensation & counters irritation
Plant-based MSM: Deeply penetrates to reduce inflammation
Vitamin A: Has restorative properties
Vitamin C: Supports cartilage production
Vitamin E: Works as a potent antioxidant
- Try the RICE method—rest, ice, compression, and elevation—on the affected area.
- Stretch regularly for conditioning and to ward off future injuries.
- Apply our Ultra Relief Cream at the first sign of pain to ease discomfort.
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