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Chiropractic Care for a Torn Muscle

Published Date: 
November 7, 2022
A man in running shorts is grasping his thigh because he tore a muscle.

Chiropractic care for a torn muscle is a safe and effective way to deal with this common health issue. If you’ve torn a muscle, consider calling a chiropractor.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help You With Torn Muscles

Is there chiropractic care for torn muscle pain? The short answer is yes. Chiropractic care can absolutely help with the healing process of a torn muscle. Here's how.

First, chiropractic adjustments help correct spinal misalignment and relieve any pressure that may be putting stress on the muscles. This allows the muscles to relax and heal properly.

Secondly, chiropractic care helps increase blood flow and circulation. This is important because it helps bring nutrients and oxygen to the muscles, which speeds up the healing process.

Finally, chiropractic care helps to reduce inflammation. Inflammation can cause further damage to the injured muscle and delay healing. Chiropractic treatment typically involves rest, ice, and physical therapy.

A man at the gym is wincing and grasping his chest because he tore a muscle.

What Is a Torn Muscle?

A torn muscle is a condition that occurs when the muscle fibers are stretched or torn. This can happen due to a sudden injury like a fall or from overuse, such as during repetitive motions. 

Symptoms of a Torn Muscle

Symptoms of a torn muscle include: 

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising 

What Causes a Torn Muscle?

Other causes of torn muscles can include trauma or injury, such as a fall or car accident. Repetitive motions can also lead to muscle tears, as can sudden changes in direction. 

Common Sports Injuries

Torn muscles are a common sports injury. Poor conditioning can make muscles more susceptible to tearing, as can muscle imbalances. Muscles that are tight or lack flexibility are also at greater risk for tearing, so it’s important to train and ensure your body is prepared for your sport to reduce your risk of muscle injury.

Strains and Sprains

Most strains and sprains occur when muscles or ligaments stretch beyond their capacity. This can happen suddenly, such as during a fall, or can develop over time with repetitive movements. When the muscle or ligament stretches too far, the fibers can tear.

Muscle tears can range in severity from a small partial tear to a complete rupture. The most common type of muscle tear is a grade 1 or 2 strain, which involves partial tearing of the muscle fibers. This can cause muscle pain, inflammation, and tenderness in the affected area. A grade 3 strain is a more severe injury and involves a complete rupture of the muscle fibers, resulting in significant muscle pain, swelling, bruising, and disability.


A dislocation occurs when the bone in a joint is forced out of its normal position. This type of muscle injury can happen due to a fall, car accident, or other trauma. A muscle tear occurs when the muscle fibers are stretched or torn due to overuse, repetitive motions, or sudden force.

Dislocations and muscle tears are both serious injuries that can cause pain, swelling, and bruising. If you have a dislocation, it's important to seek medical attention immediately so the bone can be put back into its proper position. If you have a muscle tear, you may need to rest the affected area and ice it to reduce swelling.


One of the most common causes of a torn muscle is overuse, which occurs when a muscle is used too much and becomes fatigued, resulting in microscopic tears in the muscle tissue.

A chiropractor is treating a patient's torn muscle in the leg.

Chiropractic Adjustments for Torn Muscle

A torn muscle is a serious injury that can cause severe pain and discomfort. If you're dealing with a torn muscle, you may be wondering if a chiropractic adjustment can help.

  • Chiropractic care can result in reduced inflammation and pain relief in the affected area.
  • Chiropractic care can also help to promote healing in the damaged tissue.
  • It's important to seek professional medical care for a torn muscle, as self-care measures may not be enough to fully heal the injury.

If you're considering chiropractic care for torn muscle pain, consult with a qualified health care professional to ensure that it's the right treatment for you.


Chiropractic care helps muscles relax and heal properly. Treatments increase blood flow and promote healing. If you have a torn muscle, pulled muscle, or muscle strain, consider scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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