Massage Therapy For Shin Splints
Shin splints are responsible, says WebMD, for 13% of all running
injuries. They're also responsible for pain that can last several
months. While shin splints are common among runners, other causes
include tennis, basketball or any sport that involves frequent
starts and stops.
At first you might feel some soreness around your shinbone or
light swelling and tenderness in your lower leg. The pain might
appear during exercise, afterwards, or it might be constant. No
matter when you're affected by shin splints, massage can help.
Treating Shin Problems
Tight calf muscles are a common cause of shin splints, because
they increase the stress on your lower leg. So does repeated force
on the connective tissues attaching your muscles to the shinbone,
which leads to inflammation. Over-pronation or "flat feet" caused
by imbalanced muscles is another contributing factor, as are stress
fractures or tiny breaks in your lower leg bones.
At Massage Envy, our professional therapists are experienced in
massaging muscles that have developed problems. The first step is
to reduce the pain caused by swelling and inflammation, and your
massage therapist will draw on a variety of techniques to address your
Types of Therapy
Massage is known for stretching muscles to release tension and
tightness, providing deep pain relief, and helping prevent the
buildup of scar tissue.
Relaxation Massage's light to
medium pressure improves circulation by moving lymphatic fluid,
which carries metabolic waste, away from muscles.
targets muscle-tendon junctions, reducing time needed for recovery
after a workout and helping increase flexibility to lessen the risk