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Sprain and strain are two common injuries we have all faced or will face at least once in our life. Although they share similar signs and symptoms they take part in different parts of the body.
Osteopathy is an effective treatment option for reducing pain caused by sprains and strains. The mobilization techniques paired with active release techniques can help break down scar tissues in the affected area and restore proper mobility and strength in muscles and joints.
Sprain is a form of stretching or tearing of the ligaments (fibrous tissue bands that connect two bones in our joints). The most common sprain injury locations are ankles, knees, and wrists.
Strain is a form of stretching or tearing of the muscles or tendon (the fibrous tissue bands that connect muscles to bones). The most common strains occur in the lower back, neck, and hamstrings. There are two types of strains: acute (strained or pulled muscle, often short term) and chronic (results from repetitive strenuous movements, often long term)
The symptoms of sprain and strain are similar because the injuries causing them are similar in nature. However, they can vary depending on the intensity of the injury.
Why does it happen?
Lack of conditioning, fatigue, improper form or lack of warm-up can lead to these types of injuries. Lack of conditioning can lead to muscle weakness and make you prone to injuries. Tired muscles are not able to provide proper support to the joints which results in improper form and lack of balance.
Adding a good warm-up routine involving stretches and low to moderate aerobic movements will help increase blood flow and circulation in the muscles reducing tear, trauma, and spasms.