Does Exercise Help Pulled Muscles?

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A pulled muscle can be helped by exercise, but the exercises need to be started slowly, and the injured muscle needs to be kept warm. Find out how to get treatment before exercising a pulled muscle with help from a strength and conditioning specialist in this free video on exercise and fitness tips.

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Hi I'm Ashleigh Gass, strength and conditioning specialist with BrilliantAthlete.com. Does exercise help pulled muscles? Well this depends. If you think that you have a pulled muscle, it's important to see your health care practitioner either a physiotherapist, chiropractor or an athletic trainer to determine if that's what you've got. A pulled muscle will feel generally quite stiff, a little bit sore and it will feel like it doesn't want to be moved around a lot. So after you've seen someone to make sure you get the appropriate treatment, does exercise help? Well it does but it's important to start slowly. So let's just say that I had pulled a muscle in the front of my thigh. What I want to do if I was going to start to exercise again, I'd want to wear layers. So I'd want to wear tights like this and probably some track pants over top which helps to keep the muscle warm and then I would want to warm the muscle up slowly and that would just mean going for a walk. I'd want to walk for maybe 10, 5, 10 minutes until I have a light sweat going and my muscle felt nice and warm and loose and then I could increase the intensity a little bit. If I was able to increase the intensity without feeling that the muscle was getting painful or sore again, I could increase it just a little bit more until I was at the point where I was exercising at a more full intensity and full capacity. So to answer the question, does exercise help pulled muscle, it does absolutely but get treatment first and make sure you proceed nice and slow back into your recovery, back into your sport. I'm Ashleigh Gass with BrilliantAthlete.com.

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