Recovering from Hamstring Strains with Chiropractic Care

Hamstring injuries are very common. The hamstrings are tendons of connective tissue that are found at the back of the thigh and connect the large thigh muscle to the bone. There are four hamstrings in each leg. However, the term hamstring is also used to refer to the group of three muscles that run along the back of your thigh, extending from your hip to just below your knee. While the hamstring muscles aren’t used much when you are simply standing or walking, they work particularly hard during activities that involve bending the knee. Examples include jumping, climbing, cycling and running.



What Causes Hamstring Strains?


Hamstring injuries predominantly affect athletes, since they most often occur during bursts of intense exercise that cause overextension of the connective tissues. However, they can also happen in a traumatic injury, such as a slip, trip or fall. Warming up properly, performing stretches and cooling down after exercise can help to reduce your risk of experiencing a hamstring strain.   



Symptoms of a Hamstring Strain


Mild hamstring strains may not cause a great deal of pain, but unless they are detected and appropriate treatment is given, they could get worse and cause further symptoms. Other symptoms associated with a hamstring strain include:



  • A sudden snap or pop feeling in the back of your leg

  • Pain that extends into the buttock when walking, or that occurs when you straighten the leg or bend over

  • Bruising on the back of the leg



If you suspect that you’ve had a hamstring injury, getting prompt treatment can help to ensure that you make a fast and efficient recovery.



How Can a Chiropractor Help You to Recover From A Hamstring Strain?

Many people associate chiropractors with back pain and associated mobility issues. However, the truth is that xhiropractors specialize in the musculoskeletal system, which refers to the network of bones, muscles and connective tissues that give the body shape and enable movement. While this includes the spine, it also includes other structures within the body. This makes them the ideal medical professional to treat sports injuries like hamstring strains.



Chiropractic care provides a number of therapeutic benefits for hamstring injuries.




Many people are keen to avoid invasive treatments where possible. The primary technique used by chiropractors is manual adjustments. This is where your chiropractor will use their hands to apply controlled force to different areas of the body, with the aim of bringing the spine into alignment. Doing this creates many of the therapeutic effects that chiropractic care can offer.



Drug-Free Pain Relief

Nobody wants to have to take pain medications unless they really can’t manage without it. Chiropractic treatment has been shown to encourage the release of natural pain-relieving endorphins, helping to counteract the discomfort experienced, without using medications. It also helps to counteract inflammation that can result in pain.



Accelerated Healing

When the spine is perfectly aligned, your circulation naturally improves. This means that a greater amount of oxygen and nutrient rich blood can travel around the body, improving the function of all body systems. When it travels to the site of an injury, it can accelerate the rate at which any damaged cells – in this instance those found in the hamstrings – heal, getting you back on your feet faster.




It’s not just treatment for a hamstring strain that your chiropractor can help with. Anyone who takes part in regular physical activity is at risk of all manner of injury, some of which could cause you to take weeks or even months off of work while you recover. Regular chiropractic treatment can optimize your musculoskeletal system, reducing your risk of future injury.



For more on how chiropractic care can help you to recover from injury call DNA Sports Medicine in California at one of our three locations.  Call Canoga Park at 310-853-0127, Arcadia at 310-853-0127 or Burbank at 818-841-4100.