The hamstrings are composed of three separate muscles: the biceps femoris laterally and the semi-tendinosus and semimembranosus medially. The three muscles work together to extend the hip and flex the knee. During running, the hamstrings slow down the leg at the end of the forward swing phase and prevent flexion of the trunk at the hip joint.
Hamstring strain is a common injury in running and sprinting and is related to an imbalance in strength between the hamstrings and the quadriceps or to excessive overload on the muscles. The injury may involve both muscles and tendons.
Dry needling acupuncture is an effective treatment for this injury in cases where surgery is not required. Needles can be applied directly into the inflamed, tender, swollen, and painful area and into related muscles on the hip, thigh, and lower leg, such as the gluteal muscles, adductors, and abductors. In addition, the treatment is used to balance the entire musculoskeletal system. Two treatment sessions per week should be provided. If surgery is required, dry needling acupuncture can be used before and after surgery and during rehabilitation.
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