Diagnosing the Severity of Your Muscle Pull
A muscle pull is when muscle fibers tear, which occurs in two ways: A distraction rupture or a compression tear. A distraction rupture is when the muscle tears because of resistance. The muscle is contracting, either quickly or with power, and the force is too great so some muscle fibers rip. In a compression tear, the muscle fibers are damaged because of impact. A helmet to the quadriceps would be an example.
In either case, blood spills. During athletic activities, muscles are full of blood. This blood is supplying oxygen and nutrients while removing wastes such as lactic acid, carbon dioxide, and other toxins. During a pull, the blood vessels get pulled apart along with muscle fibers and blood leaks into surrounding tissue. This spill may be close enough to the skin that a bruise appears, or it may be deeper and not appear on the skin surface.
To heal properly swelling and muscle tension must be alleviated. Next, the body has to remove toxins caused by the injury. Finally, circulation needs to be restored so that nutrients and oxygen can facilitate recovery. If any of these things are not taking place, the recovery process can be slowed down or even stopped. However, if these essentials are happening, healing can proceed fairly quickly.
Use the simple system below to help you assess your injury level and the best QiVantage products to speed recovery time. This is meant to give you a quick idea severity level and the best treatment for your injury. If you want a more exact diagnosis, please seek professional medical advice and diagnostics.