Calf Muscle Strain
Calf Muscle Strain - also called 'Tennis Leg' - is a term used to describe stretches, tears, or incomplete ruptures of the large calf muscles (gastrocnemius muscle & soleus muscle). When you strain your calf, it is often described as feeling like being kicked in the leg from behind. The calf muscle strain sufferer feels an quick severe sharp pain, turns around to see who kicked them, only to discover that no one is there.
Signs and symptoms of the injury can be obvious, sudden, sharp or burning pain (sometimes along with a popping sound), swelling to the area, a bruise often develops and area very tender to the touch. You can walk but by altering your walking pattern, often walking on the toes to prevent upward bending of the ankle.
Important: As the pain may appear high up in the back of the calf, it can be confused with deep venous thrombosis, acute compartment syndrome, and cellulitis -- all of which can be serious life-threatening conditions. If you have not had experienced a specific event that you can attribute your calf strain to, you should seek medical attention and get a proper diagnosis. The doctor will probably perform an MRI to achieve a correct diagnosis.
Causes of Calf Muscle Strains
This type of injury usually occurs in middle-age athletes; as we age muscle flexibility decreases, experience early stages of muscle loss and degeneration due to the aging and/or inactivity.
Straining of your calf muscle will often happen when:
- lunging or pushing off one leg to get to a wide ball or serve.
- during with daily activities, such as running to catch a bus or climbing stairs
- experiencing a direct hit to the back of the lower leg
- tripping - the mechanics of your body compensating when you trip can often cause extreme short term stress on the calf muscle
Less common causes of calf strain may be symptomatic of other primary issues related to blood circulation issues, posture and overcompensation issues such as back strain, hip problems and/or one leg being shorter than the other (SLS - short leg syndrome). In such cases, it is necessary to determine and deal with the primary cause or you can expect calf strain to continue to be problematic for your over a longer term.
Symptoms of Calf Muscle Strain
The symptoms of a calf muscle strain is dependent on the severity of the injury. With a mild injury you may only notice tightness in calf, however, a more serious injury can cause weakness, severe pain in the back of the lower leg, and difficulties extending the lower leg from the knee or turning the foot and toes upward in the affected leg.
Weakness or complete loss of function of the calf muscle can also be experienced as a result of a pulled muscle. This along with your other symptoms may make it difficult for you to climb stairs, walk, drive, jump or perform any activity that involves strain on the back of the lower leg.
Swelling and Bruising
Swelling in the calf muscles is a result of the muscles becoming inflamed; this normally occurs with a more serious strain. Warmth and redness may accompany swelling in severe cases. You may also feel a gap, dent or bulge in your muscle that is not normally present.
Occasionally, bruising (contusion) and discoloration over the calf muscle may appear immediately or after a few days with severe strains.
You will almost assuredly experience stiffness or decreased range of motion (ROM) as a result of a pulled calf. The tightness in the back of the leg extending from the knee to the ankle will make it difficult to raise your foot upward - when pressure is on the ball of your foot (and toes) during your walking - this is when the calf is stressed significantly; this is why your walking stride will shorten when experiencing calf strain. If your sleep is affected due to the discomfort, try to sleep in a fetal position - as bent legs will help reduce stress on the calf.
You may be experiencing muscle spasms. An injury can make the muscle and/or nerves behave abnormally and improper contraction signals may be sent to the brain causing the calf muscles to spasm.
With an avulsion, or rupture, you will probably feel a gap in the muscle and an inability to raise the arm outward.
A sharp pain or twinges may be felt along the back of the lower leg. You may experience tenderness and/or muscle spasms in the muscle during active and resistive movements. Pain often increases when pressure is applied to the injured muscle.
Due to the pain, you will probably find that you are unable to move your leg very much - if at all. An avulsion, or complete muscle tear in the back of the leg causes extreme pain, even during rest. The torn tissue may bunch up causing even more pain when movement is attempted.
If you have a chronic calf injury, you may feel more of a dull ache in the area that lasts for long periods of time.
A popping or snapping sensation can often be heard and felt when calf muscles are tearing. This can happens in weightlifting, soccer, jumping sports or any activity where there is significant stress on the calf muscle.
3 Grades of Calf Muscle Strain Severity
- Grade 1 - a minor tear of the muscle (10% of the muscle fibers). You may be able to continue your activity because the pain is minor twinge in your calf. The calf muscle feels achy and tightness for two to five days after the injury, recovery for healing is 7 to 10 days.
- Grade 2 - partial tearing of the calf muscle (90% of the muscle fibers). You will feel sharp pain and minor to moderate swelling of your calf. Walking and flexing your foot down (pressing the gas pedal) will cause pain. The calf muscle feels achy and tightness for a least a week after the injury, recovery for healing within about 4 to 6 weeks
- Grade 3 - complete tearing of over 90% of the calf muscle or rupture. This is the most painful of all the grades of calf muscle strain, causing immediate severe pain, considerable bruising and swelling in the calf. Walking will be aided with crutches, achy, tightness for about 30 to 35 days, recovery for healing within about three to four months.
If you don't take care of your strained calf,
you can easily worsen the strain
If You Have To Move With a Calf Strain, This May Help Reduce Your Chances of Worsening the Strain
Grade 1 - If you are currently suffering from a Grade 1 Calf Strain, some stress relief may be realized by using partial weight bearing crutches. The use of a quarter to a half inch heel lift in both shoes may also offer some temporary relief by reducing tension on the strain in your leg. Resting as much as possible from activities that aggravate your calf muscle and you should see the condition go away in about 3 weeks.
Grade 2 - If you are currently suffering from a Grade 2 Calf Strain, your physician may immobilize the calf (using a cast or brace) with the foot slightly pointed downwards (in something called a "hanging enquinus position") for anywhere between three to six weeks to reduce stress on the calf muscle fibers, allowing them to heal. A physical therapy program with stretching exercises will be essential once out of the cast/brace before returning to activity as the calf muscle will be atrophied (shortened with reduced muscle mass). In a perfect scenario, this injury should heal in about 4 to 8 weeks.
Grade 3 - If you are currently suffering from a Grade 3 Calf Strain, the procedure will include immobilization and physical therapy - just as it does with a Grade 2 calf muscle strain. As the injury is more severe than a grade 2 strain, the cast/brace might be worn for a longer period and time to heal is typically 8 to 12 weeks.
Common Muscle Injury Diagnostic Tests:
Most grade 1 or 2 muscle strains don't require diagnostic testing, however these tests will help confirm if you have a grade 3 strain and/or will rule out other causes of arm/shoulder pain.
X-rays will provide a two-dimensional image of the overall structure of your knee, lower leg and ankle. They are helpful in identifying instability, avulsion fractures, abnormal bone shapes (bone spurs, calcifications or cysts, joint degeneration), and/or other problems.
CT scans (computed tomography) and diagnostic ultrasounds may be used to look internally at tendons and muscles.
MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) will provide more detailed information and will help to evaluate the soft tissues in and around your calf (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and other connective tissues). They can identify ligament, muscle and/or tendon damage, and can help to determine the extent of your injury, the grade of your tear, inflammation, as well as other associated conditions.
Calf Muscle Strains Can Easily Lead to Other Conditions and Injuries.
Every time we use our injured calf- damaged and swollen tendons and muscle tissue move; when they are inflamed, every movement hurts. With injured tissue, pain happens - sometimes a LOT of pain, so we try not to move it. So, when doing something we need to use our calf muscles for (walking, stairs, driving, etc), we start to use the knee and hips more. If we can, we use our other leg instead even though it is inconvenient.
A couple days later (after purposefully avoiding movement of our calf), the pain has gone down (as well as the swelling) and this is where the trouble begins! The pain disappeared with the swelling but we still aren't fully healed! Not knowing this, we start using our calf normally again and then the injury blows up again like it did before - all because the injury wasn't fully healed in the first place. We continually re-injure our leg through our daily activities and now this injury has become chronic, continuing to worsen week after week.
An injury to one leg can easily lead to straining in other areas, making an overall recovery hard to initiate. For example, a serious muscle strain in the right leg can often lead to over-straining of the left leg. Most commonly, the initial injury occurs on the dominant side, so the risk of straining the other (weaker) side increases. The longer the injury (and corresponding pain) persists, the greater the chance that you will sustain more strain from overcompensation, eventually leading to issues in those areas as well. Soon, aches and pain can become commonplace in both legs and knees - all as a result of the original calf muscle injury and the body's instinctive nature to "protect" it - all because the injury wasn't fully healed in the first place! To minimize potential secondary injuries, know that it is important to deal with your tendon/muscle injury quickly and completely.
Muscle imbalances result, placing tension on bone and softer tissues - leading to a misalignment within the lower body. The extra stress on the opposite side of the body will also result in weakness and fatigue - increasing the chances they can eventually be injured or gradually degenerate. This is a textbook example of how you get an overcompensation injury. In some cases, physical therapists warn that overcompensation can be very dangerous; when dealing with the legs, hips and knees - overcompensation can affect gait or alignment on a permanent basis.
Calf muscle injuries can become a vicious cycle - which is why it is absolutely critical to focus on healing methods designed to rebuild and strengthen the injured tissues in a timely manner. The faster you truly heal, the less chance you have of sinking into a downward spiral of re-injury, scar tissue growth and overcompensation injuries.
Okay, So I Have a Painful Strained Calf Muscle ...What Should I Do Now?
Calf injuries are frustrating to live with and healing can take a long time because it's difficult to give give it the rest it needs. I mean, every time you get up from a chair, walk, climb stairs or drive - you are putting stress on your calves. Re-injury is common despite that fact that it prolongs recovery and may also lead to permanent damage and/or other conditions.
Treating your calf strain correctly is essential to getting rid of your pain and restoring function to the lower leg, ankle and feet. Proper treatment will get you back to regular activities sooner, stop your pain, and reduce the risk of future re-injury.
To restore strength and range of motion in your calf, treatment should focus on minimizing further damage and preventing both scar tissue formation and muscle atrophy (shrinkage and weakening of the muscle). This requires rest and the appropriate therapies at the right time. Almost all types of calf pulls and tears (except a complete rupture) can be properly treated with trusted therapies that are available for use at home. Complete ruptures require surgery - however, using these home therapies after surgery can help speed recovery, improve function, and increase range of motion in the lower leg.
Stage 1: If the injury is very recent - use a good quality cold pack and Arnica Pain Relief Cream.
Note: If you are suffering from a strained calf muscle that has been going on for awhile, then skip the cold treatment as inflammation will be minimal. Anytime you are experiencing significant pain, you may find our Arnica Infusion Pain Relief Cream to be quite helpful.
If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the very early stages of the injury (first 48 to 72 hours), the first step in a conservative treatment protocol would be to focus on reducing the discomfort by applying a quality cold pack to the injured calf along with a high quality pain relief cream such as our Arnica Infusion Cream.
Not only will you use your cold pack for the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury, but you should also use it during other stages of the healing process. Some examples include...
- after any activity that stresses the calf muscle in a moderate way. It is wise to quickly apply cold therapy to not only reduce the pain, but to also minimize tissue damage that may have occurred during the prior event.
- If you have a job that requires you to place some demands on your strained calf. If that is the case, use cold therapy immediately following work and if the opportunity allows - use it for 15 to 20 minutes during lunch or another break time.
- If you are in a post-operative situation where cold compression therapy would be utilized heavily for at least the first few weeks following the procedure. Similarly, if you are scheduled for upcoming surgery, then you will need a high quality cold therapy device to use.
Having a Cold Compress or Ice Pack available at home to use if and when the need arises is helpful. Many of you already do so.
However, too many people over-focus on cold therapy while ignoring the most critical aspect to healing - nourishing the injured tissues with a healthy supply of blood flow needed to repair and rebuild the injured tissues.
This leads to the most important recommendation...
Stage 2: Focus on Increasing Blood Flow To The Injured Calf Muscle - As This is The ONLY Way It Will Heal For the Long-Term
Even though the concept is simple, improving blood flow to injured tissues can be difficult. Traditional methods require your muscle to move to promote blood flow (exercise), but that same motion that promotes blood flow can at times lead to making your pain and condition worse.
- Have you re-injured your calf muscle by returning to work too quickly?
- How many times in the past have you aggravated your forearm just trying to perform basic tasks around the home?
- Is your debilitated leg preventing you from work or activities you love to do?
Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. Perhaps it has already happened to you.
Promoting blood flow within a muscle or soft tissue injury to help the body heal itself is a concept that has been utilized for centuries. This is where the focus has to be if you are seeking long-term improvement.
Oxygen and nutrients, carried within the blood, are critical for the body to heal itself. Without proper blood flow, recovering from an injury or condition will be delayed...sometimes for a very long period of time.
The real challenge is how do you promote blood flow to muscles and tendons in the lower leg without causing further injury? This goal is further complicated by the fact that your legs are involved in lot of strenuous and/or repetitive movements performed each day.
When people think blood flow beyond exercise, they instantly think "heating pad". Unfortunately, many individuals make the mistake in believing that a simple heating pad or microwavable gel packs will provide the blood flow needed to heal injured tissues. Nothing could be further from the truth.
To begin with, heating pads and warmed gel packs work on conduction. The heat they generate has to be forced through multiple layers of skin and fatty tissues. With each layer of skin the heat passes through, there is a corresponding energy loss because that heat is absorbing into each layer it passes through- the skin is an excellent insulator! Your body responds to this heat by increasing the blood flow near your skins surface (not in your injured tissue) to dissipate the heat and it does so quite effectively.
By the time what little heat reaches below the skin, sub-dermal layer and fat layer into the targeted area (the dense, injured tissues), very little energy remains and this does not effectively enhance blood flow. With little blood flow reaching these injured tissues - healing just doesn't happen.
The heating pad may feel comforting when on the body, but that is because the warmth is absorbing into the skin. Moist heat has been believed to be more effective at warming internal tissues versus dry heat, because it is believed that water transfers heat more quickly than through air. Clinical studies do not support that popular belief.
When you are using a heating pad, all that you are really accomplishing is warming of the skin. The unintended consequence is that you draw blood flow AWAY from the targeted tissues (the injured ones deeper in the body) and direct the blood flow to the surface of the body.
Warming the skin will not significantly contribute to healing of muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, or any other tissues.
So If A Heating Pad Is Not The Answer, What Is?
In order to effectively stimulate blood flow to the dense tissue deep within the body, an energy based on an electromagnetic principal (diathermy) is needed. In essence, this is a conversion energy vs a conductive heat (like the heating pad example above - that is conductive heat).
Electromagnetic energy waves are not conductive heat waves - they are a much longer wavelength and hence, penetrate deep into the body. They are very safe and very effective as research over decades has shown. The F.D.A recognizes this as fact.
When these energy waves are emitted,they penetrate right through your skin and fat layers until they are absorbed by tissue high in protein. This means ligaments, muscles, cartilage, tendons and bone. Once they reach the targeted areas, they are absorbed and quickly converted into thermal energy... right at the location of the injury.
This results in relaxation of the vessel walls. The vessels then gently expand, allowing for more nutrient rich blood flow along with extra oxygen and antibodies to reach the damaged tissues. Plus, the enhanced blood flow helps in flushing cell waste and fluid build-up from the injury site - further enhancing the ability of the body to heal.
As mentioned above, standard heating pads and heated gel packs accomplish the exact opposite of your goals. They direct blood flow to the skin, not to the injured muscles and soft tissues you are trying to heal.
Electromagnetic energy is a form of energy will easily penetrate through clothing, skin, and fatty tissues... directly into your injured muscles and soft tissues within the leg. After the energy absorbs into soft tissue around the leg (tendons,muscles,ligaments), the metabolic response then kick starts the repair and rebuilding process.
More blood now begins to flow effectively to the injured tissues deep within the body. The injured tissue needs the extra blood flow to heal as it is through the blood the body carries the oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies needed for proper and long-term healing.
While the concept of electromagnetic energy is slowly catching on in North America, the truth is, it is a technology that has been utilized in other societies for decades. Over the past 30 years, researchers in Japan and China have completed extensive studies on the use of the modality and their findings have been impressive. In addition, success has been reported in studies from countries such as Sweden and Germany.
Research is continuing and soon, much of North America will know what the Far East and Europe has known for a long time; electromagnetic energy provides a wide range of health benefits for those not only suffering from strains or tendinitis injuries, but for many other ailments (plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tenosynovitis, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff damage, etc.) as well.
Now, on to recommendation number two in the journey to heal your strained calf muscle...
The Leg-Arm T•Shellz Wrap® - Heal Your Calf Muscle For The Long Term
The best option we came across in our research to accomplish true healing of shin splints and/or calf strain is the Leg-Arm T•Shellz Wrap®. Use of this device results in a dramatic increase in blood flow to injured soft tissue located deeper within the body - all in a non-invasive manner.
Using a T•Shellz Wrap® will not expose you to the risk of causing further harm to soft tissue like you can when using rigorous exercise. The Leg-Arm T•Shellz Wrap® accomplishes the goal of enhanced blood flow without the need for intensive exercise and as such reduces your risk of re-injury.
T•Shellz Wrap® = Accelerated Healing Power for Your Injury
The Leg-Arm T•Shellz Wrap® is based on the scientifically validated principal of Electromagnetic energy as we discussed previously. This form of treatment is safe and effective as shown in numerous studies which can be referenced through the National Library of Medicine. Professional athletes and those in the medical field have been users of the technology for decades - it really hasn't been until recently that companies like ours introduced the treatment devices to the home user.
The healing energy from the T•Shellz Wrap® does not absorb into the skin - it absorbs directly into the damaged muscle and soft tissue (as a result, you will not feel the same level of heat on the skin versus a heating pad). The longer wavelength provides the electromagnetic energy wrap with the capability of penetrating deep into the body (well over two and a half inches).
EM energy emitted from the T•Shellz Wrap® is absorbed by high protein tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, cartilage) and is converted into Kinetic energy - much of this energy being released as heat. Overall, EM energy will warm soft tissues, improve blood circulation, and boost metabolism and enzyme activity. In stimulating localized blood flow to damaged soft tissue, you provide needed oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies to regenerate new, healthy collagen. In addition, you will experience a clearing of toxins and excess fluid build up from the injury site. Over the intermediate term, this helps to reduce incidents of swelling as trapped fluids will be whisked away - reducing pressure on blood vessels.
Using the T•Shellz Wrap® is truly a unique experience. Within moments of applying a treatment to your injured calf, you can feel the healing sensation due to the increase in blood flow deep within the area. During a treatment, and for quite some time after you finish, the treated area will feel relaxed and less painful. It's a very soothing sensation and extremely effective.
Who Should Use the T•Shellz Wrap®
We recommend the use of a T•Shellz Wrap®:
- If you have injured tendons, muscle or any soft tissue in your leg or arm, then the Leg-Arm T•Shellz Wrap® will accelerate soft tissue healing via deep heat.
- If you are dealing with conditions affecting your range of motion such as tendinosis, tenosynovitis, or even arthritis.
- If you have a chronic muscle condition that has lasted for years- this device will help start the rebuilding process and help strengthen the surrounding and supporting tissues. Many of our past clients had suffered for years, then were completely amazed at the results only after a few months of treatments.
- If you are still working with a strained calf muscle or partially torn calf muscle, the T•Shellz Wrap® will help relax injured soft tissue prior to work and after a day at the job.
- If you are still trying to enjoy your favorite activities such as running, tennis, soccer, etc - use the T•Shellz Wrap® prior to activity to help reduce chances of re-injuring or re-aggravating those targeted tissues.
- If you are suffering from bursitis and want to treat the major source of it (secondary damage to the muscle and tendon surrounding the bursa sac). Through overuse or degenerative changes in the knee or ankle, the muscle and tendons surrounding the bursa sacs will tighten and constrict. When they do, they place pressure on the bursa, causing it to become irritated. Applying a soothing and deep penetrating energy to the area relaxes soft tissue, taking pressure off the bursa.
- If you have been to physical therapy for some form of regenerative therapy and your physical therapist or physician told you to get a radiant energy wrap for your lower leg and/or achilles, then this is exactly what you need.
- If you need surgery on your calf muscle (ie. reattachment), then this is exactly what you need after your surgery to help the surgically repaired tissues rebuild for long-term health.(once the surgery wound has healed and inflammation is reduced)
- If you are experiencing atrophy in your leg (usually due to immobility) and want to reduce the chance of re-injury while stretching - this is a perfect treatment to use every time before you stretch.
Increased Blood Circulation = Increased Healing Rate
T•Shellz Wraps contain a Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe electromagnetic energy over its entire surface. This energy travels deep inside to the soft tissue in your leg, stimulating blood flow your own body needs to heal your injury. It is the electromagnetic energy that is crucial to the healing process.
Best of all...
The T•Shellz Wraps are FDA Registered Medical Devices and are suitable for use in therapeutic clinics and FROM HOME. It is completely safe for people and patients to use for themselves.
As mentioned earlier, the use of electromagnetic energy is becoming much more commonplace in North America for everyday people. The technology has been used for decades in the worlds of professional and amateur sports - a contributing factor as to why athletes seem to recover from injuries so quickly.
Have you ever wondered by an athlete can return to activity a couple weeks following a severe calf or shin splint injury - while your average person takes much longer to return back to normal? The secret isn't really that much of a secret - it involves consistent treatments (meaning multiple times a day) using a diathermy treatment like the T•Shellz Wrap® to stimulate blood flow to injured soft tissue. Most athletes have the luxury of using in-house therapy facilities many times per day.
How many us can afford the time and money to visit a therapy clinic multiple times a day? Very few indeed. This is how you can gain the same advantage that athletes enjoy in healing their own injuries - by using a device like the T•Shellz Wrap® two or three times a day on a consistent basis.
Consistent Treatments = Consistent And Long Term Improvement
What Else Makes the T•Shellz Wrap® So Special?
We believe the T•Shellz Wrap® to be one of the most effective treatments to stimulate blood flow to dense, injured tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other similar tissues.
We can promise that you will receive a product that is designed to be safe and does what it is supposed to do...quickly relieve pain and aid in the recovery from tendon, muscle and other soft tissue injuries.
The unit plugs into a standard wall outlet to get its power. The nice thing about the power supply is that the same unit can be used in North America and overseas as well. It has the capability to operate between 110v and 230v.
It has a special signal controller that can be set for 3 different power levels of application (3=High, 2=Medium, 1=Low). The cord is long so you can sit or lie comfortably and watch TV, read or surf the net while you're using it.
Treatments are max 30 minutes in duration and the device can be worn over clothing. This allows you to use the device at work, at home, or really anywhere you have access to an electrical outlet.
When Should I Use My TShellz Wrap During the Day?
The most common question we receive from individuals prior to purchasing is - how many times a day should I be using my wrap(s) and when should I be using them? While treatment plans will differ for each individual and their specific injury, there are general guidelines that should be adhered to.
- Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack when you are experiencing inflammation (usually after exertion or movement of the injury area).
The T•Shellz Wrap® would then be used:
- Right after rising from bed in the morning (as this is when it is most stiff)
- Prior to going to bed at night (to relax the leg, allowing for better sleep)
- Before you know you will be using your injured joint (going to work, driving, typing, etc).
Stage 3 - In Between Treatments With T•Shellz Wrap®, Apply Our New Fast Acting Pain Relief Cream Called ARNICA INFUSION
Dealing with aches and pains affecting the foot, ankle, leg, knee, hamstring, hip, back, arm, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand? If so, then applying the Arnica Infusion to any of these targeted areas will bring about fast relief from the pain and sore tissues. Simply apply a small amount of cream to the body and moments later, you will experience a soothing and comforting sensation over the area.
Arnica Infusion is specially designed to relieve pain due to sore muscles and joints associated with arthritis, backaches, sprains, strains, and bruises. No matter if you are dealing with an acute injury, chronic pain, or a general "flare-up" - you will experience fast relief from pain and inflammation.
This is a product that many of our current MendMeShop customers asked us to develop. So we focused our time and resources over the past few years and came up, with we believe, will be one of more effective, fast acting, topical pain relief creams on the market.
You are likely familiar with some of the standard topical agents on the market as most of our customers use them. The are mass marketed and even found in most department stores now.
Well, we are here to say that Arnica Infusion goes many steps beyond what they offer.
Made in the USA at an FDA registered manufacturing facility, you can be assured that Arnica Infusion is both safe and effective. We only source top grade ingredients while implementing strict quality control checks during every step of the production process. Expect the same high quality that MendMeShop customers have been accustomed to since we started the company in 2005.
The "Cool Blue" formula is the perfect balance between the smooth application of a cream and the effective absorbing factor of a gel. It is not too thick and not too thin - just the right texture. Best of all, it feels very nice on the skin!
Each application of Arnica Infusion feels so comforting and soothing, we are certain it will become an item you will not want to live without.
Arnica Infusion Ingredients
The Arnica Infusion formula is based on a combination of scientific research and the use of high quality ingredients. The properties within the formula were chosen for their pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and soothing qualities.
The acting ingredients within the formula include ones many of us are familiar with; along with ones that have not received a lot of publicity (only in research circles). Extensive testing resulted in a blending of ingredients that provides the most synergistic of benefits.
The notable ingredients in the Arnica Infusion formula include:
- Arnica - powerful anti-inflammatory, speeds recovery, enhances circulation
- Menthol - provides deep penetrating pain relief with a nice cooling sensation
- Vitamin B6 - promotes normal nerve function
- MSM - supports healthy connective tissues, anti-inflammatory
- Ilex Leaf Extract - increases circulation, skin conditioner
- Vitamin E - anti-inflammatory, enhances circulation, hydrates the skin
- Aloe - anti-inflammatory properties, soothes the skin
- Tea Tree - enhances penetration of ingredients
Extensive quality control procedures during the manufacturing process ensure the ingredients and final product are both safe and effective. We would not stake our reputation on anything but the best.
When Do I Apply the Arnica Infusion?
While At Work
Apply Arnica Infusion at work to help reduce acute discomfort associated with overuse of muscles and joints. No matter if you are in a physical demanding job or work within an office environment, you will be placing stress on different parts of the body and aches and pains will result.
Before Or After Work, Sports, & Activity
If you suffer from a sprained ligament, pulled muscle, strained tendon, or even bruising - apply Arnica Infusion for quick relief of the pain.
Chronic Pain Suffering
Application of Arnica Infusion can be done up to a maximum of 4 times per day on a consistent basis to help bring about relief from various pains and aches.
In-between Treatments With the T•Shellz Wraps
Follow up your T•Shellz and Cold treatments with an application of Arnica Infusion. Combine the pain relieving benefits of Arnica Infusion along with the healing benefits of the wraps to make your recovery go much more smoothly.
Do not apply Arnica Infusion within a 2 hour timespan before a T•Shellz Wrap® treatment.
Whether you decide to use the Arnica Infusion in conjunction with the T-Shell and other treatments - or if you decide to use the cream as a stand-alone product - you will not be disappointed with the results. We guarantee it.
A Note On OverCompensation
The longer your injury endures, the greater the risk of running into serious overcompensation injuries.
To Stop Re-Injury & Reduce the Risk of a More Serious Overcompensation Injury, You Need to Heal Quickly & Completely!
Anyone in need of rapid recovery and complete healing must consider a comprehensive treatment plan that includes an effective means to minimize swelling and inflammation yet also stimulate healing and tissue elasticity. We have found no better set of tools that can be used at home than this:
What You Definitely Need to Successfully Treat
& Heal Your Soft Tissue Leg Injury at Home:
- A TShellz Wrap to increase Blood-flow to the injured leg (Deep Tissue Therapy).
- MendMeShop Arnica Pain Cream for temporary relief of pain due to sore muscles and joints.
- An Exercise & Stretching Plan to prevent muscle atrophy and shortened tendons. A proper plan will increase elasticity and strengthen the muscles of the ankle, calf, achilles, shin and knee of the injured leg.
Conservative treatment tools just like these have been used successfully by thousands of soft tissue injury sufferers - just like you.
We believe the use of T•Shellz Wraps for effective treatment of soft tissue injuries is one of the most under-utilized home treatment options available on the market today. We have thousands of customers that have tried many options out there and have been amazed at how effective and fast the TShellz Wrap treatment will aid your strained calf muscle.
With regular use of the TShellz Wrap:
- Your pain will be reduced.
- Your injury will heal at an accelerated rate with reduced potential for re-injury.
- Your leg will have a larger range of motion and increased extensibility of collagen tissue. (Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition.
(amazon.com link - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)