A pulled or strained calf muscle occurs when you overstretch or overuse your calf muscle to the point that tiny tears occur within the muscle. Pulled calf muscles can be mild, causing only a bit of discomfort when you land on it the wrong way or stand or use it for too long, but they can also be quite serious, causing severe pain that comes with muscle spasm, swelling and, in some cases, bruising. Don’t worry! This type of injury is quite common, especially among athletes, but it’s important that you take care of them and don’t try to just “push through” the pain or it will get worse.
Here are five treatments for you to employ at home to mitigate these symptoms naturally.
Natural Treatment for Pulled Calf Muscle #1: Herbal Supplements
If you are an athlete and often find yourself dealing with pulled or strained muscles, it may help you to start on a regular regimen of herbal supplements to help your body defend itself. According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis and James Balch, supplements that will be helpful include:
* Chondroitin sulfate (500mg to 1000mg daily)
* Glucosamine sulfate (as directed)
* Inflazyme Forte from American Biologics or Wobenzym N from Marlyn Nutraceuticals (as directed)
* Methylsulfonyl-methone (MSM) (500mg to 1000mg, 3 times daily)
You can find these supplements at health food stores, whole food stores or online.
Natural Treatment for Pulled Calf Muscle #2: Arnica montana
Arnica comes in a few different forms, but it is most helpful in its cream form when treating a pulled or strained calf muscle. There are directions on the tube, but the higher the concentration of Arnica, the better it will work to sooth the strain. Simply apply to your calf muscle as directed (usually every few hours), and it should help relieve bruising and swelling. Again, this is easily found in natural and whole food stores and online.
Horse chestnut extract gel can be used in much the same way and, in some cases, to greater effect, but Arnica creams are far more common, less expensive and easier to find.
Natural Treatment for Pulled Calf Muscle #3: Poultices
Another great natural remedy for your strained or pulled calf muscle is to make a poultice using any one of a number of different herbs known to reduce inflammation and swelling. Here, you can learn how to make an herbal poultice. Use the following herbs depending upon what you need:
* For swelling and muscle tension, use mustard (the fresh herb, not the yellow stuff at the grocery store) or fenugreek and flaxseed powder mixed with slippery elm bark.
* For inflammation, use goldenseal, green tea or nettle.
Your poultices should be cool to the touch. Be sure to avoid applying heat to your strained calf muscle until after any inflammation has subsided.
Natural Treatment for Pulled Calf Muscle #4: Aromatherapy Compresses
Cool compresses using certain oils meant to calm and soothe the muscles can be extremely helpful in healing your strained calf muscle. Simply add about 10 drops of an essential oil of your choice-camphor, chamomile, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus-or any combination thereof, to a quart of cool water and use it to make your compress. This works to relax your mind as well as your pulled calf muscle.
Natural Treatment for Pulled Calf Muscle #5: Lots and Lots of Rest
It may sound like common sense, but there’s no more natural remedy for a pulled calf muscle than good old fashioned rest. Too often, athletes want so badly to get back to their training that they rush an injury when they shouldn’t. This can only lead to more pain and a longer period sitting on the bench, so as soon as the injury occurs, elevate it above the heart, ice it for 20 minutes, apply your poultice or cream to the affected area repeatedly and stretch gently throughout the day, keep taking your herbal supplements and STAY OFF IT for a faster healing time.
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