When you experience a hip flexor strain, you want to limit the time you’re going to spend on the sidelines. But, don’t worry – you can recover stronger and better than ever. Let’s take a look at what you can do to return to full strength.
The most commonly accepted approach to treatment is the RICE technique (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) which is usually accompanied with an anti-inflammatory to alleviate pain.
While this approach is common, it is by no means your only option. We have found that some other approaches can improve recovery times significantly.
The downside of ice is that you are potentially working against your body by constricting blood flow and reducing the vital circulation you need to recover. In addition, anti-inflammatories – which are initially potentially effective at reducing swelling, over time mask pain which is not in your body’s best interest (when it comes to recovery).
Keys to recovery include:
- Increase your circulation. More energy and blood flow means faster recovery.
- Reduce your swelling. Whether you see it or not, internal and external swelling is the root of your pain and needs to be alleviated.
- Remove the toxins. Eliminating toxins is essential for a full recovery.
Once your hip flexors are healing, we also recommend that you begin lightly using them. Don’t over do it, but a little stretching and strengthening will help reduce swelling and also ensures that new muscle forms properly and scar tissue is broken down and removed.