A shin splint can be an absolute hindrance to anyone trying to maintain an active lifestyle. The pain caused by them can put a damper on your routines and deprive you of reaching your everyday athletic goals.
But, did you know that with chiropractic care you can find a healthy approach to treat shin splints?
What Does A Shin Splint Feel Like?
If you aren’t sure what a shin splint may feel like, let us ask you the following:
- Do you have any type of pain including soreness or tenderness located within the inner side of your shinbone?
- Do you have mild swelling in your lower legs?
- Do you have an identifiable lump located on the lower part of your shinbone?
- Do you experience a “crunchy” sensation in your lower legs accompanied by inflammation?
If you experience any of the above issues or your legs (below the knee) have mild to severe pain, it’s a great idea to give our office a visit to consider chiropractic care for shin splints.
What Causes Shin Splints
A shin splint, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, can be quite painful and disruptive for anyone with an active lifestyle, especially athletes. So, what exactly causes this problem?
To be fair, the exact reason behind how a shin splint may occur is not fully understood but the main causes are very much clear. A shin splint is commonly associated with strenuous and repetitive activities that direct strain, tension or pressure on a person’s shinbone as well as the surrounding connective tissue which attaches the leg muscle to the tibia bone.
Although a shin splint can put a restraint on your activities, it is not considered a serious condition. By visiting a chiropractor, we can provide natural ways to treat shin splints before they become worse.
Preventing Shin Splints
So how exactly can you prevent shin splints from happening?
Below are some tips we’ve come up with that can help reduce the chances of you developing a shin splint in your leg:
- Choose soft surfaces to help alleviate the impact on your legs.
- Consider training with lower impact sports like swimming or biking.
- Wear the right footwear for the right activity.
- Start using arch supports and inserts in your shoes.
- Strengthen the muscles in your lower legs with exercises such as toe raises.
By following some of these tips, you’ll have a better chance of preventing a shin splint from occurring.
Chiropractic Care for Shin Splints
A chiropractor can help relieve the pain you experience from a shin splint with a natural approach to your problems like Active Release Technique.
By making regular visits to our San Francisco chiropractors, we can offer you a non-invasive option for relief while providing a holistic approach to healing your overall body. Schedule with our team today at any of our bay area locations!