One thing that I see quite regularly as a massage therapist is muscle strain, the good old’ pulled muscle that’s both uncomfortable and highly limiting. Strains can come in varying degrees from a muscle stretched beyond its normal range to minor tearing of individual muscle fibers within a muscle group to a complete tear of the muscle. One of the most colorful muscle tears I saw (deep purple and yellow) was a hamstring that was overstretched while throwing a tennis ball as an impromptu weapon towards a menacing backyard raccoon. Who won? Raccoon: 1, Homeowner: 0.