Pulled muscle

Learn more about pulled muscles

Pulled Muscles

Frustrating. This is typically how we all feel when we have a pulled or strained muscle. It often stops us being able to exercise to the level we want. 

Don’t let a pulled muscle keep you down for long. Our osteopaths will examine your affected muscle and surrounding areas to determine the cause, provide a diagnosis and give you a plan to get you moving again. 

What are pulled muscles?

A pulled muscle is another way of saying muscle strain or muscle tear. The muscle has been damaged and injured. 

All muscles in the body can have this occur, although some areas are more prone to having this style of injury. 

A pulled muscle is graded based on severity from 1 to 3. Grade 1 is a mild injury only affecting a smaller number of muscle fibers. There is no strength loss in the muscle, pain will often present in 1-2 days of the injury. Grade 2 is a moderate muscle injury affecting close to half of the muscle fibers. Pain is more significant and acute with some strength loss present in the affected muscle. Grade 3 is a severe injury where this muscle has been ruptured. Often this presents with severe pain and complete loss of function of this muscle. 

Your osteopath will try to find the cause of your pain to adapt a treatment approach specific to you.

What causes pulled muscles?

A muscle strain occurs when the muscle fibers cannot cope with the level of demand being applied to it often due to overexertion or repetitive exercise.

Acute injuries can be due to lifting heavy objects with poor form or trying to change direction quickly while running in a sport.


Pulled muscles at The Osteo Collective

How we help.


Your practitioner will start by asking you questions about your pain. This will be followed by a physical assessment testing the range of motion of your affected area, palpating the surrounding muscles and performing some special tests. We will discuss with you our diagnosis and develop a plan with you to help you and your pain. 


Treatment with our osteopaths is a hands-on approach. After determining where, why and how you have developed your pain we will use a combination of soft tissue techniques, stretching, mobilisation and other joint related techniques. We also consider what you do day to day and develop a home treatment plan for you to implement.


No one wants regular, recurring nagging chronic pain. Our exercise physiologist is the person to help with prevention. Improving your strength, function and flexibility, along with lifestyle changes will help prevent any future re-injuries. 

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