The muscle contusion translates to a traumatized muscle by an external element which damages it. It is common during the practice of a contact sport like the Thai boxing, the Kick boxing, the struggle, the judo, the karate… Or a field sport like football, rugby… “It’s what we call a ‘crutch’”, specifies Simon Plinet, osteopath.
Muscle contusion: causes other than sports
It can also occur following a fall, a accident. “In these cases, additional examinations may be necessary to ensure that there is no fracture or internal bleeding,” advises the osteopath.
Muscle contusion: what are the symptoms?
“We can recognize a muscle contusion by the following symptoms: pain, a swelling, and the consecutive appearance of a hematoma », Lists Simon Plinet.
The first thing to do is, of course, to stop physical activity In progress. Then, “we can apply cold on the contusion, suggests the osteopath. The cold numbs the pain and slows the bleeding. ”
Usually, a muscle contusion resolves between 1 and 3 days. “If it persists after this time, it is important to consult, especially if the pain has remained constant”, warns the osteopath.
Mistakes not to make
Certain actions should be avoided when suffering from a muscle contusion. ” We do not massage contusion and we do not apply heat above, warns the osteopath. These two actions further diffuse the inflammation. So that’s a bad idea!
What treatments for a muscle contusion?
Apart from the application of cold and rest, an osteopathy session is beneficial in case of muscle contusion.
“Osteopathy promotes the absorption of inflammation by having a draining action, which facilitates venous and lymphatic return, and which also accelerates recovery”, explains Simon Plinet.
How is the session going? “The work of the osteopath can be local, regional, but also at a distance from muscle contusion by cranial osteopathy, informs Simon Plinet. The latter accelerates the anti-inflammatory process by acting directly on the central system, by stimulating fluid exchanges and the lymphatic system. ”
A single session is generally sufficient to optimize recovery.
Are creams and essential oils useful? You can also use a gel or cream based on local analgesics (Arnigel, Arnican, Hémoclar…) to be applied 2 to 3 times a day for 2 to 3 days. Some essential oils relieve muscle contusion: helichrysum essential oil Italian, that of St. John’s wort, aspic lavender, peppermint, noble laurel. These essential oils promote the absorption of the contusion, improve blood circulation, and calm the pain.
Postoperative contusions It is common, after surgery, to have bruises, edema. Osteopathy can act on hematomas related to trauma caused by surgery, but also on scar adhesions. “We can act about 10 days after the surgery with a first session, then a second one month later,” specifies Simon Plinet.