A pulled muscle, or muscle strain is injury to muscles when they are overstretched or torn. This can happen due to a number of reasons including overuse, fatigue, sports injury, or improper use of the affected muscle.
The result can be pain and inflammation accompanied by limited movement of the affected ligaments. In the case of mild to moderate strains, muscle damage can be corrected by following a few simple natural remedies while severe strains may require medical attention. Some of the ways to manage the discomfort of pulled muscles includes the following:
The most important thing to do after receiving a muscle injury is to give the damaged muscle proper rest. Providing sufficient healing time to exhausted or over-tried muscles will help prevent further damage and speed up recovery. It is best to avoid using the muscle altogether, especially if movement causes an increase in pain.
In case of a pulled muscle, administer rest elevating the injury above the heart to reduce swelling. Make use of pillows or other items to raise the affected limb while resting.