Muscle strain

One Sunday afternoon I was playing “chasey” with my young son at a nearby park when I suddenly felt severe pain in my calf that dropped me to the ground bringing tears to my eyes. I had torn my gastrocnemius or calf muscle.

My immediate thought was, “How can I drive home, let alone work tomorrow if I can’t walk?”

The pain from this type of injury can persist for weeks!

With considerable difficulty, I managed to drive using the wrong foot on accelerator and brake pedal. I immediately  rubbed some wheatgrass extract over the painful area. Within an hour the pain started to ease, and had almost gone by the next morning, so much so that I could still make my usual five flight climb up to my office. In a couple of days I was running completely pain-free.

Now, every time I see a pulled hamstring or monkey muscle (gastrocnemius) on the field or on TV, I wince. The sudden onset of excruciating pain, often from a minor injury, can stop an athlete in his or her tracks, and they can be off the field for weeks or months. Treatments such as physio, massage and other methodologies inevitably follow, but often to little avail. However, there is a way these injured people can get back on their feet (legs) again by self-treatment.

Usually, in Australia, anyway, the initial treatment for pulled muscles is to apply an ice pack and a tight bandage then rest the injured part. Numerous observations shows this has little effect on hastening recovery, and research supports this trend. Bleeding into tissues after injury is the scourge of the sporting world.

But if ice doesn’t work, what else is there?

Well, for many years now I have treated pulled muscles effectively, usually quickly, by applying a little wheatgrass extract over the injury as soon as possible.  Better still, apply wheatgrass BEFORE the athlete runs on the field. This won’t only help prevent muscle injury, but help prevent injury as well.

How does wheatgrass work? I don’t know for sure, but it appears to be able to stop deep-seated bleeding and swelling – and quickly.

So, prevention is much better than cure. Simply applying wheatgrass extract over leg muscles prior to exercise can do a lot to prevent injuries. Somehow, it relaxes the muscles and helps prevent injury. It also helps prolong exercise tolerance so the athlete can run further and longer without pain.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.