Protection and Prevention

stretching can lessen muscle strain painWhen you have a muscle strain, it may seem like a “no-brainer” to keep the area protected. However, this may be more difficult than it sounds, especially if the strain is in an area that you need to use every day. However, preventing further damage to the area is of utmost importance. If at all possible, try to not move or use the strained muscle as much as possible. Prevention, is also something you can learn about, so that you can avoid the pain of muscle strain altogether.

  • One way to prevent a muscle strain is to not sit in one position for long periods at a time. Take enough breaks to move around. This may be difficult for those who work by sitting in front of a computer all day, but take as many breaks as you can.
  • Also, if you sit in front of a computer for most of your day, make sure you have a chair that provides support for your lower back and other extremities. Maintaining good posture while sitting or standing can prevent muscle strain.
  • Sometimes, muscle strain occurs in our lower back from lifting heavy objects improperly. Remember, when lifting heavy objects, keep your back straight and lift with your knees.
  • Athletes should always stretch and perform a “warm-up” routine before they do any physical activity. A new workout routine should be started slowly and gradually increased over time. Most muscle strains that occur from exercise are a result of a dramatic increase in physical activity which the body was simply not prepared for.