Slimming and injections of vitamins are two effective ways to provide the body with instant nourishment and the required supplements. Achieving brilliant results in fat burning and muscle building through various fat burning injections is often the best motivation for dealing with needle phobia. In this article, for educational purposes, it is described how to inject yourself, choose the right zone for injection and other nuances.
Studying the best places for intramuscular injection, preparing tools and methods of self-injection will be a very inspiring and even stunning experience.
Note : Please keep in mind that I am not a professional physician, and this information does not serve as a reason to ignore the advice of your doctor. Please consult a physician before starting any new treatment.
What is intramuscular (IM) injection?
An intramuscular (IM) injection is an injection that delivers the medicine directly to the muscles of your blood vessels. In order to lose weight, the following drugs are intramuscularly administered:
- Lipo-3 MIC
- Lipo-10 (MIC + B complex vitamin complex)
- A mixture of arginine and carnitine
Some drugs and additives are advisable to use only in the form of IM injections. This is because when administered in a different way, certain drugs, vitamins and hormones encounter problems, such as delayed absorption, leading to acid degeneration, degradation of enzymes and reduced effectiveness. All this does not allow to achieve maximum results. The advantages of IM injections are:
- fast action of drugs
- direct injection of drugs into muscle tissue
- direct form of treatment unlike sublingual, intestinal and skin absorption
Muscle tissue is an ideal place to administer certain medications even when compared to subcutaneous injections (directly beneath the surface layer of the skin). All thanks to better absorption capacity and increased blood supply to the muscles. Intravenous injections should only be performed by qualified medical personnel who are able to find the right vein, and also make sure that the drug is safe for injection into the vein. That is why v / m injections are the best option for many resorting to fat burner injections.
Intramuscular injection sites
On the body, there are four main areas for the introduction of IM injections, which are considered the safest and most effective for this procedure. Among them:
- Hip: Lateral broad muscle (m. Vastus lateralis) - although the degree of digestibility of a drug administered in this way is often lower than when a shot was injected into the shoulder, it is still the best area for IM self-injection.
- Buttock: Anterior gluteal region (ventrogluteal muscle) - This is a suitable place for an i / m injection, since the fat layer is thinner than on the buttocks themselves, which contributes to better absorption of drugs. Also, this area is considered the safest if the procedure is followed.
- Shoulder: Deltoid muscle (m. Deltoideus) - The most common injection site for many vaccines. When setting an injection in this area, you need to carefully measure the volume of injection, because this area can accommodate a limited amount of the drug at a time. Adults are not recommended to exceed a dosage of 1 ml.
- Buttocks: Rear gluteal region (dorsogluteal muscle) - Also an acceptable and widely used place for injections. Although this area is significantly removed from the large nerves and blood vessels, there is still a risk of damage to the sciatic nerve.
Choosing a place for v / m self-injection
When choosing an area for self-administering an i / m injection, it is necessary to take into account its availability and the amount of the drug used. The following questions should be answered:
- Do you give a / m injection alone?
- Can you ask someone to give you an i / m injection?
- What dose are you using?
The thigh is considered the best place for intramuscular self-injection due to its high availability and good visual control. Also, for this area, you can take a larger needle compared to the shoulder. If you have the skill and considerable maneuverability, you can independently put an i / m injection in both the thigh and buttock.
For the introduction of a large dose of the drug, it is better to choose the thigh muscle, since in this zone the threshold for the maximum injection volume is higher. The maximum dose of the drug for the muscles of the buttocks and thigh is 4 ml, while no more than 1 ml can be injected into the shoulder (link). If the required amount of medication exceeds a single dosage for a single zone, you can divide this volume into several injections, and put them in different places. This is not essential for fat burner injections, as it is generally recommended to inject 1 ml at a time.
It is also worth changing the injection area to avoid skin irritations and scars. Whether you inject in different places or not, it is advised to allocate a zone with a radius of 2-3 cm for each procedure. It will not be superfluous to record the place and time of the last injection in the muscle. So you can protect your skin from irritation and avoid complications caused by improper use.
Anatomical landmarks for performing IM injections
- Hip : Divide the thigh into three equal parts. The average portion of muscle between the upper thigh and the knee corresponds to the injection zone. As you prepare to insert the needle, lift the muscle slightly above the bone.
- Shoulder : In the upper arm, the bones form an inverted triangle. The top of the triangle indicates the middle axillary line, and its base lies along the acromial line. Inject into the center of the resulting triangle 3-5 cm below the acromial line.
- Buttock (front region): Lie on your side with the injection side up. Put your hand on the junction of the gluteus maximus muscle. Turn your palm so that the thumb points to the crotch, and the remaining fingers lay towards the head. Move your index finger to get the shape of the letter "V". Insert the needle into the center of this figure.
- Buttock (back region): Divide the buttock into four equal sections. The upper outer quarter is the injection site.
Needle selection for v / m injection - caliber and length
First, you need to know that the syringe consists of three main elements:
- Needles : parts of a syringe that pierces the skin and penetrates the muscle (gauge and length will be discussed later)
- Cylinder : containers for measuring and content of drug solution
- Piston : drug control element
The needle should be long enough to penetrate the muscle to the desired depth. The two main characteristics of the needle are gauge and length. The gauge corresponds to the diameter of the needle. The larger the caliber, the smaller the diameter of the needle. For IM injections, 22-25 gauge needles are usually used.
The length of the needle is measured in millimeters (mm) and typically depends on the physique of the person. However, the standard length of the needle for IM injections ranges from 45-70 mm. Be sure to select the needle of the optimal caliber and length for each injection site to prevent any pain that may cause the needle to go wrong, damage or irritate the tissues.
Injection preparations usually come in a kit with suitable needles. If in doubt, be sure to contact your healthcare provider to make sure the gauge and needle length are correct.
Injection dose preparation
When preparing a dose of a drug for injection into a muscle, you need to follow several basic instructions:
- Wash and dry your hands before working with injection tools
- Do not use a used, printed, or damaged syringe
- Always adhere to the recommended dosage.
- Do not let the needle touch anything other than the ampoule (vial) of the drug
- Consult a specialist in case of difficulty at any stage of the procedure.
The following is a general procedure for preparing a dose for injection. Some medicines require pre-dilution, so do not neglect the advice of the medicine manufacturer or your healthcare provider.
The proposed steps for preparing a dose for injection serve only as an example:
- Remove the cap from the medicine vial and wipe the rubber stopper with alcohol.
- Check the integrity of the individual syringe packaging. If it is open or damaged, discard this syringe and take another.
- Remove the cap from the syringe and take it like a writing pen.
- Pull the piston toward you, drawing air with a syringe (in an amount equal to a single dose of the drug used).
- Place the medicine vial on a flat surface, stick the needle into the center of the rubber stopper, and press the piston, pushing the accumulated air into the vial.
- Without sticking the needle out of the cork, turn the bottle upside down. Make sure the tip of the needle remains immersed in the preparation.
- Holding the bottle with the stopper down, pull the piston toward you, filling the syringe with the necessary amount of medication.
- While holding the needle in the vial, check the syringe for air bubbles by tapping it lightly. Gently press the piston to remove any trapped air.
- Recheck the dose of the drug in the syringe and remove the needle from the vial. (For example, the prescribed dose may differ from that recommended in the instructions for use of the medicine).
- Do not place the needle or allow it to touch foreign objects until the injection is completed.
Steps for preparing a dose for injection (infographic)
The procedure for setting a / m injection
Regardless of the injection site chosen, there are some general tips for injecting:
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and dry them.
- Always properly prepare the needle and dose for injection
- Always wipe the injection site with alcohol or other disinfecting solution.
- Always ensure that the needle for the injection is at right angles to the injection site.
- If bleeding occurs, pull out the needle and throw it away, prepare a new dose
- Gently and slowly, without jerking, insert the needle and the drug, do not press on the needle
You can follow these general recommendations for the IM procedure:
- Select the injection site, using the anatomical guidelines for the introduction of v / m injections.
- Wash your hands, treat the injection site with alcohol.
- Use the instructions to prepare the needle and dose for injection.
- Pull the skin at the injection site to identify the muscle, and insert the needle at a 90 degree angle.
- Without pulling out the needle, slowly pull the syringe plunger toward you to make sure that the blood vessels have not been touched. If there is blood, change the needle and start over, choosing a different injection site. Otherwise, go to step 6.
- Continue to slowly drive the drug all the way.
- Quickly remove the needle and discard it.
- For a short time, press a gauze or cotton swab to the injection site.
How to make an oil injection (infographics)
Disposal of needles and syringes
Needles and syringes must not be disposed of with general household waste or recycled. They are subject to national law on proper disposal. You can ask your doctor in your office or purchase a special container for the proper disposal of needles. If necessary, you can use any strong container or plastic bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Be sure to check the current law on proper disposal.
The risks of IM injection
You should always consult your doctor before starting any treatment to exclude any negative consequences from your IM injection. The following risks associated with IM injections should be taken into account:
- injection site infection
- skin irritation at the injection site
- tingling and (or) numbness
- allergic reactions
- damage to nerves or blood vessels
- pain in the injection area
The appearance of any of these side effects is an occasion for immediate medical attention. If it is difficult for you to breathe, your lips, mouth or face are swollen, then you most likely have an allergic reaction to the substance injected, and you should immediately call an ambulance.
Having familiarized yourself with all the nuances of the correct introduction of a / m injection, you can achieve impressive results in losing weight. You can afford to provide your body with everything necessary to stimulate fat burning, so that extra pounds melt before your eyes.
Consult a physician before starting procedures.