I have a client who injured her hamstring from overstretching. it has been a month and she still suffers from discomfort. What do you do for this type of injury, and generally how long should it take to heal. It is virtually impossible to avoid using it or working it without cutting out lower body and cardio. She does tabatas and pilates as well as body wt training
I found the book written by Valerie Ann Worwood “The Complete Book of Essential Oils” very useful for me.
What exactly Valerie Ann had wrote about hamstring:
“Thigh injury – hamstrings.An injury to the hamstrings tendon which connects the thigh muscle at the back and the side.Use the ice method and the ice packs for at least ten minutes four times per day.Also massage three times a day using the following:
Rosemary 10 drops
Eucalyptus 10 drops
Chamomille 5 drops
Lavender 5 drops
Diluted in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
If pain and inflammation didn’t stop after 2 days You have to visit a doctor.
A hamstring injury takes time to heal despite if it is a grade 1 to 3. Typically you don’t injure your hamstring from overstretching. It is caused be rapid acceleration or deceleration as seenin sports such as Rugby and Asutralian Rules Football. Not only did I see this during my post graduate master’s in Australia, but is what the research states.
Grade 1 hamstring injuries take usually 4 weeks
Grade 2 injuries take usually 4-8 weeks and grade 3 8-12 weeks per the research
The client needs slow integration of exercise with using recumbent bike for circulation, increasing blood flow, etc. Massage with the trained professional can be extremely effective. With also using aqua therapy as walking in the water progressing to light swimming and then using eliptical machine. Strengthening should also focus on glute med, min and max as they all stabilize around the hip. When appropriate, also introduce yoga and pilates. Don’t forget gentle stretching post exercise
I hope this helps.