I had a parent of one of the young athletes I see ask if I recommended that her daughter take Advil to help with the pain and inflammation from a strained muscle.
My first response was; that as a personal trainer and massage therapist, I am not licensed to make such recommendations
second; the injury is a result of a muscular imbalance and soft tissue work would reduce the discomfort but the “strain” would flare up again at some point but unless her daughter performed the recommended core stabilization exercise regularly (4-6 times per week) it is only a short term fix
third; if you wanted to try something for pain and inflammation to temporarily help get through an injury, then one of the best products I have used is the FAST Patch from Wei Laboratories (www.weilab.com 1.888.919.1188). this homeopathic treatment has worked wonders for my with muscular strains and liagemtous sprains in the past.
Muscular imbalances are very often the source of injuries in the athletes that I see, especially the tennis players where they have spent years swinging a long racket around with mostly one side of their body doing a big percentage of the work.
Using a long lever like a tennis racket an create significant asymmetries if flexibility and core stability work are not kept up with. Can you see in the picture below how that might lead to pain in the hip, low back, shoulder or elsewhere?
Granted these are pictures of structural scoliosis, but a functional scoliosis an be created by muscular imbalances just the same.
I am taking my daughter to a Father Daughter Dinner Dance for her Girl Scout troop and I need to go get ready!
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!