How to treat a Pulled Muscle – by Becky Blaauw

How to treat a Pulled Muscle – by Becky Blaauw

Pulled Muscle, what are the options of getting back to my sport in the fastest most effective way?

All sportsmen are faced with this situation in their sporting career. What do you do? Let's look at the options:

1. Stretching a pulled muscle: If your muscle is niggling or you feel a dull ache on the sport field stretch it out. At this stage you probably have not strained it yet. But if there is a sharp pain you may have strained the muscle. In this situation it is not a good idea to stretch. Remember your muscles are like rubber bands, so a strained muscle is like an overstretched band with damage to the fibers. It does not make sense to stretch it even further.

2. Heat or Ice. Ice is still the preferred treatment straight after pulling a muscle. After 24 hours you can apply a combination of ice and heat to help blood flow into the injured area, to help the muscle recover faster.

3.Massage is another useful tool but should be applied at the correct time of injury. If the muscle is a light strain or cramp, massage can be applied immediately. However if there is evidence of a strain where there is some bleeding in the muscle, only apply massage after 72 hours.

4. Anti-inflammatories can help reduce inflammation and pain associated with the injury. But often anti-inflammatories masks the pain and the sportsman will continue with his/ her activities with detrimental consequences. So my advice is to use anti-inflammatories wisely i.e.: do not use them for more than 5 days and do not resume your sporting activity with them.

So my best advice is to rest the muscle totally for 5 days with a combination of ice, anti inflammatory and massage. Next step is to see your Biokineticist so they can assist in getting you back on the sports field. A pulled muscle can take anything from 2 to 6 weeks to get back onto the field. Remember a muscle that is not rehabed correctly, no matter how big or small, can become a reoccurring problem that may even end up as a catastrophic problem for the athlete. Make sure your muscle is ready to take on the exertion that sport places on it.

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Vor 4 Montagen habe ich in der Vergelegen Klinik ein neues Knie erhalten. Danach startete ich mit der REHA (Biokinetic) bei Prof. J.H. Blaauw und Partner. Zu erst leichte Ubungen und Wassergymnastik. Es folgten 2 x die Woche Dehnungs- und Aufbau-uebungen der Muskeln.

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Julie Goettsch


In Desember 1996 het ek ‘n noodoperasie ondergaan. Tydens die operasie het ek ‘n anterior spinale arterie trombose ontwikkel. Die gevolg was ‘n gedeeltelike verlamming van my onderlyf en veral my mobiliteit is nadelig beinvloed.

Prof. Bokkie Blaauw, afgetrede Professor en Praktiserende Biokinetikus op Somerset-Wes, het verneem van my probleem en my besoek. Sy woorde an my was “ Koos ek wil jou graag help.”

Ek was veral beindruk met die baie professionele en wetenskaplike wyse waarop hy en sy eggenote, Becky Blaauw (‘n vennoot in die praktyk), te werk gegaan het met die asessering van my toestand en die beplanning van ‘n toepaslike oefenprogram. Dit het bestaan uit spierversterkende en strekoefeninge asook water terapie waarby hulle persoonlik betrokke was.

Hul wetenskaplike oefenprogram en toesig het my 6 maande later in staat gestel om weer my motor te kon bestuur. Dit het my ook geestelik versterk.

Ek is hulle baie dank verskuldig.

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I was given the name of Blaaw & Partners Biokinetics, by the Cardiac Support Group, while in hospital, and I decided to join their rehabilitation program.

Through the next 4 months, I went from unsure, unfit and depressed, to confident, fit and happy. The environment in which I exercised, was supportive and uplifting both physically and emotionally.

The management and staff are highly professional and knowledgable. You get personal care at all times, while also seeing others with similar medical experiences, progress alongside you.

You are given personal goals, and your progress towards them are constantly and carefully monitored. This gives you confidence that you can safely regain your physical strength, which leaves you sure of where you stand physically after your operation and changes your emotional state from depressed to happy again.

It was the single most important aspect of my recovery after the lifesaving bypass operation, and I feel it is essential for any heart bypass patient."

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