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It’s easy to strain a muscle - simply move the wrong way, stand too quickly, stretch a little too far, or carry heavy loads and you will definitely come out with sore and strained muscles. There are many different traditional treatments for muscle strain pain relief, both at home and in medical facilities.
Recently, obtaining pain relief from muscle strain can be easy with instant and long-lasting therapeutic relief now made possible by noninvasive and nontoxic low level laser therapy (LLLT) pain relief devices, such as the Handy Cure/HandyRx. With your own handheld device, you can easily relieve pain in your neck, shoulder, back, and others.
Here’s your complete guide to treating muscle strains:
At Home Muscle Strain Pain Relief
There are a number of ways to relieve muscle strain at home. Go-to options typically include applying ice packs, maintaining the strained muscle in a stretched position, applying heat when the swelling subsides, and taking anti-inflammatory medication.
A commonly recommended at home muscle strain treatment is the PRICE formula - protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. First, make sure to remove clothing that restricts the strained area. Make sure to position yourself comfortably in a place where your muscle is protected against possible further injury. Next, rest your strained muscle by avoiding any activity that causes pain or too much movement. Apply an ice pack on the strained area for 20 minutes for every hour that you are awake after pulling your muscle, as ice is an effective and completely natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Apply gentle compression on your strained muscle to provide support and decrease swelling, but remember not to wrap the bandage too tightly. Finally, elevating the strained area can cause the swelling to subside, such as propping up your strained muscle while sitting.
Medical Pain Relief
Apart from taking a regular anti-inflammatory medicine, seeking a doctor’s help for extreme muscle strain can help with pain relief. Your doctor can determine the extent of the muscle and tendon injury sustained, and depending on how severe it is, you may have to use crutches, or wear a brace to let the strained muscle heal properly. The doctor may also advise taking a few days off work, rehabilitation exercises, or physical therapy for full recovery.
Using LLLT Products for Muscle Strain Pain Relief
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) products, such as the Handy Cure/HandyRx device, are now also used for muscle strain pain relief. Laser therapy is a noninvasive, nontoxic option for fast and long-lasting pain relief that provides therapeutic relief by exposing injured tissues to heat energy from lasers. This stimulates inflamed and swollen tissues to subside, and instead, regenerate and renew, starting at the cellular level.
LLLT used to be just available in clinics and via appointments, but with the rise of the medical device market, devices such as the Handy Cure/HandyRx can now easily provide you with pain relief as soon as you strain your muscle. With this handheld device, you can simply expose your strained muscle to the laser, prompting your swelling to immediately subside. If you regularly experience muscle strain, the Handy Cure/HandyRx LLLT device can also provide you with ongoing pain relief that’s guaranteed to last and let you stay active without worrying about experiencing pain.
Preventing Muscle Strain
Still, there’s nothing like prevention to fight muscle strain. You can avoid straining your muscles by stretching daily, following an exercise routine approved by your doctor, stretching after you exercise, doing warm up exercise before engaging in strenuous activities, and avoiding all activities that exacerbate pain until significant relief has been achieved.