Whether you are an amateur dancer, a conditioned tennis player, a professional runner or participate in any other high impact activities, you are likely to experience “shin splints” at some stage in your sports career. According to a survey, they are responsible for 13% of all running injuries. In most cases, the pain associated with them usually subsides on its own after a few weeks of resting, however, if it hangs around for longer, remedial massage may provide some quick relief.
Also referred to as “Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome” (MTSS), Shin Splints are an injury caused by overuse/misuse of muscles or repetitive stressful movements. It is common among athletes who participate in high-impact activities or in any other sports that involve frequent starts and stops.
Shin Splints – Symptoms
People suffering from this condition may experience the following symptoms:
- severe muscle pain and aches felt on either side of the shinbone
- numbness or weakness
- decreased ankle flexibility
At first, you may feel the pain only while performing your activity but with the passage of time, the pain may become sharper and may continue even after workouts.
Remedial Massage for Shin Splints
Regardless of the factors causing shin splints, the traditional treatment options for this condition remain the same; rest, ice/cold therapy, using shin sleeves/wraps/changing shoes and using shoe inserts are some of the things you can do at your end in your home to treat this condition. However, if the pain still persists, it’s a good idea to seek professional help, remedial massage aims to relieve the tension in the affected musculature by lessening baseline muscle tone and eliminating trigger points.
Remedial massage therapists use deep tissue massage to stretch the muscles in order to release tension and tightness. This type of treatment helps prevent the buildup of scar tissues and offer quick pain relief.
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