"Hamstring strain injuries are very common in sports. They can become chronic, nagging injuries due to scar tissue formation with up to a 63% chance of re-injury." Dynamic Physical Therapy & Sports Enhancement In high school - long, long ago - I injured my hamstring playing sports and have re-injured it many times since. It's SO frustrating. Five months ago I developed a pinched bursa in my left hip ---> which led to spasms in my gluteus medius - a TRUE pain in the butt! ---> and then the problem trickled down into my hamstring... because it will take any opportunity to cause me grief.
First, I got K-Laser Therapy from Laser Therapy & Chiropractic Center for my hip. This started helping immediately and paired with icing for a few weeks, inflammation was reduced without any medication. Then I started doing pressure point therapy for my butt muscle - basically I would sit on a tennis ball holding for intervals of 3 minutes while crying from all the pain until the spasm released. Thank you Results Physiotherapy, Murfreesboro Tn for the torturous, yet effective instruction you gave me :) And finally I started using a foam roller and Tye4® to rehab that stubborn hamstring. The Tye4 has been HUGE in helping me maintain/regain flexibility and maintain/build strength during this time. Over the past weeks, when my hamstring is being a nerd and causing aches and pains, I have consistently found relieve after using Tye4!
"My BFF. Her name is Foam Roller"
I also kicked my nutrition into high gear by supplementing with a few products that the pros use when they are recovering from injuries. I figure, if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me! I've added Advocare BioTools and Post-Workout Recovery Drink to my daily intake. This, along with my basic core nutrition, has done wonders for my recovery.
You are the exception if you DON'T have limitations and occasional problems with old injuries.
For the rest of us, we need to have patience, proper resources and common sense while recovering. I just thought I'd share what's been going on with me. It's easy to get discouraged, but we gotta hang in there and keep going! There is too much life to live to quit.