What is a Strain?


DEFINITION – What does Strain mean?

A strain is the stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon, causing pain, swelling, and sometimes, muscle spasms. Strains are common in the hamstring muscles and the low back.


A strain may occur due to a fall, running, jumping, throwing, or lifting activities. Repetitive movements, such as that in certain sports and occupations, may lead to more chronic strains that can be hard to shake.

Weak muscles, improper technique or form, or lack of a warm-up may also contribute to a strain injury. Often, time and physical therapy involving strengthening around the joint help guide recovery. Massage therapy can also help increase blood flow to the area, promoting the body’s healing abilities. Strains often take about 2-6 weeks to heal.

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About Athlete’s Choice Massage

Athlete’s Choice Massage was created to provide consistently excellent rehabilitative services for health-conscious people. Our team is extremely well-trained and they take pride in their work. They are constantly striving to learn and better themselves in their respective fields so that they can help you recover and aid in the maintenance of your well-being.

Extensive thought has been put into making our studios modern, comfortable, and convenient for you. We are not a spa. You will not hear trickling water or pan flutes. We will never try to up-sell you on services or push retail on you. Our goal is to simply provide the best therapeutic services you can find in this city. I hope that you will enjoy your experience and come back again soon.

All appointments will begin with a short but in-depth one-on-one assessment. This is your opportunity to point out what area you’d like to work on during your time, as well as identify any special requests or concerns you may have. Should you have more than one area of concern, your therapist will prioritize the chief complaint and create a treatment plan for the time allotted and for follow-ups as needed.

Please note our 24 Hour Cancelation Policy.

With massage therapy being covered by many people’s extended health care benefits, it is now easier than ever to experience the positive effects of therapeutic massage.

We are open 7 days a week from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm at the following locations

South Edmonton | Downtown Edmonton| West EdmontonSherwood Park