Quadriceps includes a group of muscles that are located along the anterior aspect of thigh. The muscles critically influence the knee joint and play an important role in walking and running. Quadriceps like all skeletal muscles comprise of muscle fibers, which contract to allow movement at the joints.
Since quad are important set of muscles and used for basic routine activities like walking and running, there are several causes which can contribute to pulling of these muscles,
- Excessive usage or exertion of the muscle can lead to muscle fatigue and can cause contraction irregularities leading to a pull.
- Injury to the knee or hip joint or a fall can lead to pulling of the quads due to dysfunctional motion dynamics.
- Sudden jerk or sudden movements can also cause the muscle fibers to get overstretched.
- Inadequate warm up techniques or inappropriate stretches prior to routine exercise can also lead to the condition.
- Calcium and magnesium deficiencies can also increase the risk of muscle pulls, in general.
How To Treat A Pulled Quad Muscle Naturally?
Here are some natural ways and tips that can help heal pulled quads quickly, without using NSAIDs or other painkillers,
- Massage the affected muscles with essential oils namely clove oil or lavender oil. Both these oils should be adequately diluted before applying them on the skin. Massage the affected muscles, with your fingertips in clockwise and then in anticlockwise directions. This can help improve blood circulation and alleviate the associated pain.
- Rest and warm compress are important to help alleviate pain and hasten healing. Warm compress improves blood circulation to the muscles and thereby facilitates quick repair of the injured muscle fibers.
- Turmeric is a very potent natural anti inflammatory agent. Add a tablespoon of turmeric to a glass of warm milk and consume it thrice a day.
- Homeopathic therapy is also very useful in treatment of pulled quads, especially when associated with an injury. Homeopathic drugs effective in hastening the process of healing include Arnica, Rhuta and Rhus Tox. Consume these drugs in low potency about three to four times in a day after consulting a homeopath.
- Magnesium and calcium are essential trace minerals which play a vital role in ensuring appropriate contractile function of the muscles. Ensure that you include supplements of magnesium and calcium in your diet. Foods rich in magnesium and calcium include dairy products, eggs, lean meat, green leafy vegetables, etc.
- Simple physical therapy exercises like flexion and extension of the knee joint, while sitting on a chair can be very helpful. These simple exercises can help strengthen the muscles, while also improving blood flow. Don’t continue the exercises if you experience pain and immediately consult a doctor.
Other important tips that are essential to prevent the recurrence of pulled quads include,
- Using correct warm up techniques is very vital. Also it is essential to perform warm up exercises for about 5 to 10 minutes before starting vigorous activities.
- Ensure that your diet is balanced and free from refined or processed foods. Faulty dietary practices can interfere with metabolic processes, which in turn can delay the process of healing and interfere with absorption of essential nutrients and vitamins.