Best products for a pulled hamstring
A Hamstring strain is a pull or tear of any of the three hamstring muscles at the back of the lower leg. We recommend the following products for hamstring strains as part of a full hamstring rehabilitation program.
Cold therapy & compression
Immediate first aid for any pulled muscle is to apply the PRICE principles of protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation.
The Large Hot/Cold Wrap is ideal for applying cold therapy. It has two reuseable gel packs which supply both cold therapy and compression to the injured muscle. Apply cold therapy to the injured hamstring muscle for 10 to 15 minutes every couple of hours initially.
Later in the rehabilitation process, once the acute phase has passed and you begin to exercise again, heat may also be applied. This encourages blood flow and relaxes the muscles, aiding the healing process. Heat before exercise then apply cold after. NEVER apply heat immediately after injury!
The Ultimate Neoprene Thigh Support provides protection and support for injured hamstring muscles. The neoprene applies compression and retains body heat which increases blood flow, aiding the healing process. The additional straps mean you can adjust the amount of compression. This is ideal for more severe hamstring muscle strains.
The Ultimate Thigh Support is also a wrap around neoprene support which protects, applies compression and retains body heat.
A foam roller is an excellent piece of kit for keeping muscles supple and in condition, helping to prevent hamstring strains in the first place. However, if you are unlucky enough to suffer an injury then it is ideal in the mid to late stages of rehabilitation, especially if you do not have access to regular sports massage.
Using a foam roller helps flush blood and waste products through the muscle tissues, stretches and relaxes them.
Kinesiology tape is used to either activate or deactivate hamstring muscles depending on how it is applied and the stage of rehabilitation you are at. Initially you may want to deactivate the muscle to help it rest and heal. Later you may want to help activate the muscle and get it working again.