How to Recover From a Pulled Hamstring

Stretching hamstring
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Alright, so you engaged in some light physical activity (or perhaps not so light), and you found yourself with a pulled hamstring. You thought you stretched enough before the activity, but as it turns out perhaps you should’ve stretched for longer. Now you’re in a situation where all you can do is wait for your leg to get better—so here are a few tips to help get things started.

Don’t Overdo It

The first thing we’ll say is obvious, but super important. Even if you think your leg is feeling better, don’t take that as a green light to go out and be physical again. It’s important for you to relax your hamstring and let it heal naturally.

Bath It

While you’re taking things easy, one thing you can do to speed up the process is to take hot baths occasionally. This will soothe your hamstring muscles and it’ll also ease the pain that you’re experiencing as well.

Stretch It

Finally, it’s important that you engage in daily stretching routines. For the same reason that got you into this mess in the first place, you should keep tabs on your hamstring and make sure it’s staying flexible. This should be done with care and precision, with no negligence. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to run again!