Definition of muscle strains
The muscle strains are the result of excessive stresses of the muscles. They occur when the muscle or the tendons suffer a lesion. The local symptoms are: pain, tumefaction, oedema, and inflammation.
During the physical effort, the muscles suffer repeated contractions, through the excessive stresses they wear out and the muscle fibres or the tendons are impaired. There are micro fissures which provoke pain and local inflammation.
Muscle rupture represents the worsening of muscle strains and may occur when physical effort is not interrupted and the excessive stress continues.
Muscle strains occur commonly in amateur athletes, and less commonly in professional athletes who due to their experience know better how to handle physical effort.
Treatment of muscle strains
In order to reduce inflammation, pain and for a pleasant cooling sensation at the affected muscle, we recommend the Relaxing Gel with hellebore. This reduces pain and discomfort rapidly, allowing the muscle fibres to recover. The Relaxing Gel with hellebore can be used successfully also in the recovery or physiotherapy practices for most of the procedures.
Delayed onset muscle soreness
Delayed onset muscle soreness occurs in muscles after unaccustomed exercise. As a result of the physical effort, the muscles consume the glycogen reserve (muscle fuel) and fat, and then they use sugars. At the moment in which the muscles “burn” sugars, the result is lactic acid, and then muscle soreness appears. Muscle soreness can be felt when the muscle is at rest.
Treatment of muscle soreness
The treatment of delayed onset muscle soreness consists in the reduction of inflammation and drainage of the lactic acid. Reducing the inflammation may be achieved by applying locally the Relaxing Gel with hellebore, while the drainage of the lactic acid may be ensured via moderate physical exercise which could work the affected muscles.