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Can a Chiropractor Help with Shin Splints, if so, How?

Shin splints are an uncomfortable but common issue that occurs in many people. As painful as they can be, shin splint treatment can be found in a variety of places. One such example is chiropractic care.

What are shin splints?

Shin splints are pain that occurs along your shin bone or tibia. The pain of shin splints can occur in various forms and to various individuals, but it is most common among people who regularly and heavily use their feet, including runners, dancers, or people in certain lines of employment. This issue is actually caused by repeated overuse of the anterior and posterior tibialis, flexor digitorum, and soleus muscles. Most common among individuals who run it can affect anyone who suddenly and dramatically increases their workout or other physical routines in a way that causes more stress to their legs. 

From a purely physical perspective, the pain that this issue causes comes directly from irritation in the muscles and tendons surrounding your shin bone. They tighten up and pull off the attachment of the shin bone (tibia) causing inflammation. 

Strength training, stretching, and appropriate footwear can be used to prevent shin splints from happening in the first place. 

How can chiropractors provide shin splint treatment?

Fortunately, shin splints are usually not majorly problematic. Traditional forms of shin splint treatment include rest, ice, compression, and elevation, as well as over-the-counter medicine. However, sometimes, this issue can become more problematic and even chronic. This is where chiropractors can be very helpful. 

Chiropractors can adjust your hips, pelvis, low back and knee and ankle in a way to remove subluxations or other negative issues, thus helping your body operate in proper alignment. If done right, this can decrease overall pain issues and help balance your biomechanics. This, in turn, can lead to better posture, smoother form, and healthier exercises.

Many chiropractors do more than just give adjustments. Some chiropractors offer a variety of comprehensive services, including, orthotics, kinesiotape, active release technique and massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy rehab exercises. In these instances, chiropractors can be a critical component of your health care system. They can provide you with an array of treatment options, stretches, and other exercises that are geared towards ensuring that your body is operated at peak performance.

Chiropractors also practice preventative medicine. Seeing one on a regular basis can stop a problem before it starts, helping you live a more pain-free life and ensuring that you don’t get injured. Seeing a chiropractor can be a critical part of any injury-prevention plan. Give us a call or contact us if you are experiencing any kind of pain and our staff will be happy to assist. Request an appointment at any of our SF chiropractic clinics today!

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