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Can HGH Help With Hamstring Injuries?
Hamstring injuries can be painful. Often they are initially diagnosed as a hamstring pull, but if your injury last more than 4-6 weeks it is likely not a hamstring pull, and could be hamstring tendinopathy. Some symptoms you may experience include:
- Pain in the upper hamstring area, mostly felt where the hamstring connects with the sitz bone
- Your pain is deep in the muscle
- Your pain came on slowly over time
- You have pain while driving a car
- You have pain when sitting for long periods
- You have pain at the start of a run, which goes away once you are warmed up, but then returns later on
- Numbing of your entire leg while running
- It hurts most when getting out of bed in the morning
Causes Of Hamstring Injuries
Hamstring strains are both common and painful. Hamstring injuries occur when one or more muscles are stretched too far and they may even begin to tear. Hamstring injuries are more common during exercise where you are running, jumping, or stopping and starting suddenly. They also occur if you don’t warm up and stretch prior to exercising.
How to Get Better
- Rest, Rest, Rest –Avoid walking or standing for any length of time initially.
- Ice helps quite a bit at the beginning to calm down the inflamed muscle.
- Eventually, start to stretch – lightly – and increase your flexibility.
- Massage to the hamstrings two to three times a week during the first few months is very helpful.
- Wear compression shorts to bed which helps alleviate some of the morning pain.
- Around 4 months you should be able to start doing yoga.
- Strengthen Your Core – Eventually you can begin to do core exercises. Doing numerous 60 second planks should be easy.
The Role of HGH in Hamstring Injury Recovery
Lately, the news has covered tons of information on human growth hormone (hGH) in as a tool to recover from injuries. Find out more about HGH. HGH stimulates the production and repair of new and damaged tissue. Many athletes take advantage of HGH to heal faster – some claim they have healed in half the time.
According to Br J Sports Med 37 (2): 100–5, HGH may build up connective tissue within muscles, at least in the short term.If these effects are real they “may promote resistance to injury or faster repair [but] would make the muscle no more capable of force generation”.
The Mitchell Report released in 2007, showed that 86 players had taken HGH while playing in the Major Leagues. The report said, “Players who use Human Growth Hormone apparently believe that it assists their ability to recover from injuries and fatigue”.
Find out more about the benefits of HGH injections and HGH supplements here.
Exercise to Help Recover from Your Hamstring Injury
- Static Hamstring Contraction – Start sitting with your knee bent to about 45 degrees. Pressing your heel into the floor tighten the back of your thigh (hamstrings). Hold for 5 seconds repeat until you start to feel pain – no more than 10 times.
- Bridging – Begin lying on your back. Slowly start to lift your bottom pushing through your feet, until your knees, hips, and shoulders are in a straight line. As you do this tighten the back of your hamstring. Hold for 2 seconds then slowly lower your bottom back down. Perform 2 sets of up to 10 repetitions provided or until you feel pain.
- Resistance Band Hamstring Curl – Begin lying on your stomach with a resistance band tied around your ankle. Slowly bend your knee tightening the back of your hamstrings. Perform 2 sets of 10 repetitions or stop if you feel pain.
- Swimming – Around 6 weeks after injury you can start to swim. Earlier you can participate in a physio water class which is non weight bearing, so a great way to strengthen muscles.
- Bikram Yoga – This is the hot type of yoga, and it’s much different than most other yogas. It is an excellent tool for hamstring injury recovery. It’s hard, and many newbies actually get physically ill their first time, but if you are determined you will reap the benefits. Bikram Yoga pushes your body to the extreme – places you’ve never gone before. Give it a try!