Hamstrings that have been strained or cramped should be treated with massage to reduce pain and swelling. Care for a bad hamstring with help from a licensed massage therapist in this free video.
Hi, I'm Nicole Aleskas, licensed massage therapist. And I'm going to be showing you hamstring repair with massage. If someone has a strain in their hamstring muscles. The first 24 to 48 hours, you're definitely going to see some swelling and redness. You won't to avoid that area. Typically, I will see them after the injury is healed, or it's become chronic. But if they do come to me and it is acute. I will advice them to rest it, to elevate it. And typically, people would suggest ice, I prefer first stage trauma formulas, liniments, topical liniments, or herbal formulas to be applied. That include cooling herbs, so it's kind of your herbal ice. So, I would have the client apply that several times a day, until the swelling and redness is gone down. Afterwards, I can go into the area and work on any preventing adhesions, or any adhesions are formed. If it's more chronic, I'll see some adhesions, or maybe some scar tissue forming. Depending on the tear and where the tear is. Hamstring belly muscle is here, tendons are into the sitz bone, or the Ischial Tuberosity. And then, coming down into the back of the knee. Most tears have been by the tendons, where the attachments are. Sometimes it happens in the muscle belly, so I will address all those areas to support the whole muscle. I'm going to start with Effleurage. So, gentle, gliding strokes through the muscle. And during this session, I won't just work the hamstrings. I'm going to work the supporting muscles, the hip, maybe the hip flexors anteriorly, the glutes around the knee. So, towards the heart, is where you want your pressure. Go in and do some stripping, have your thumb be supported by your fingers, go the length of the muscle. And you can go all the way into the Ischial Tuberosity, where the attachments are. And I'll friction back and forth. So, after stripping, I can go in and do some cross-fiber friction. Finding any adhesions, focusing on them, circular motions around the tendons. If the muscle is contracted, I want to work on lengthening it. I would have evaluated the person's gait, their pelvis alignment. Before and while they got on the table. Checking their hip alignment, to see if there is a lengthening in the muscle. So, if it is lengthened, I don't want to focus on lengthening it even more. And disturbing and imbalances already there, or worsening it. So, I'm going to work on nourishing it and doing some Pertissage. And again, if it is shortened, I can do some hamstring stretches, have them lie supine and lift the leg, stretch the hamstring. As well as work on the hip flexors and the supporting muscles around the area. So, that is hamstring repair with massage. For more information, you can go to my website at TotalBodyHarmony.com. Thanks and be well.
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