Ligaments work to hold joints together, to only allow the right amount of stretch and prevent excessive movement when the muscles are doing their job. Any strain of a muscle will cause inflammatory changes, and the body will try and compensate to avoid further pain and damage. Straining a ligament will cause a lot more inflammation, and possible joint laxity, as it has been overstretched. This can cause instability, and a tendency to further strain, causing a vicious cycle of pain and inflammation. Osteopathy is well suited in helping treat ligament and muscle strain, helping reduce inflammation, restore normal movement and function, thus aiding quicker recovery. Exercises, hot/cold applications, strapping and/or temporary orthotics may also be prescribed to help a speedier recovery.