Shin splints are a name given to a type of shin pain and tenderness, felt in the front of the leg below the knee, usually along the front and inner edge of the shin bone. The medical term for shin splints is medial tibial stress syndrome and it is caused by strong force on your shin bone and the tissue that surrounds it, which are responsible for absorbing the shock impact when you run. The pain experienced from shin splints can feel severe and debilitating for some.

Commonly experienced by those that run, shin splints can also affect anyone that is actively exercising, particularly those that are beginning a new type of activity that involves running, those running on an uneven landscape such as hills and mountains, excessive training, poor technique, failing to warm up properly and even wearing the wrong shoes.

If shin splints go unmanaged then the muscles around the shin bone can become damaged, extending the amount of time that it takes to recover. Do not try to keep up the same activity, try to “push through” the pain of shin splints or fail to seek treatment as this can cause the condition to worsen.

Things that you can try at home to help ease the pain of shin splints include applying an ice pack every 2-3 hours for 20 minutes for easing the pain and inflammation, getting sufficient rest so that your body has a chance to heal, switching to lower impact exercise for a while like swimming or riding a bike, warming up and stretching properly both before and after exercising and wearing trainers or running shoes that support your feet properly. Do not continue performing the exercise that caused your shin splints in the first place and when you do eventually heal, build your exercise routine back up slowly.

Chiropractic can also be a highly effective treatment for those dealing with shin splint pain, aiding in the diagnosis of the injury and ruling out other conditions. Using treatments that factor in your body as a whole instead of focusing on separate body parts, adjusting misalignments, and addressing affected muscles and tendons to considerably reduce shin splint pain. A chiropractor can also teach you exercises for stretching and strengthening your leg muscles, which when performed between visits, can help to treat and prevent shin splints from reoccurring.

The treatment given by chiropractors is usually painless. However, if there is inflammation in the area or the muscles are in a state of spasm it may feel slightly uncomfortable. Your chiropractor will modify your treatment to ensure there is as little discomfort as possible. Contact a chiropractor in Essex at Backworks to book an appointment. Emergency appointments and online consultations are also available. you can talk to our team on (01702) 342329.