Shin splints

Shin splints


Shin splints are often complaint of athletes especially runners who have just taken up running. Shin splints is a term used to cover all pain in the anterior shin part. There are a number of possible causes. The most frequent cause of shin pain is medial tibial pain syndrome. It refers to pain felt over the shin to the bone from irritation of the tendons. It covers their attachment and the shin to the bones. Changes in frequency, duration or intensity of running can cause this condition.

When the muscle and tendon get irritated and inflamed because of improper form and overuse. It is going to lead to pain in the front of the shin. Repetitive pounding on the lower part of the leg like running can result in pain in the shin.

Shin splints causes

Repetitive stress on the tibialis anterior muscle. It results in inflammation in the bony attachment to the tibia. With jumping and running repetitive impact forces on the tibia.

Shin splints symptoms

The aching, dull pain of the tibia over the inside. Any activity worsens the pain. Tenderness of the tibia with possible swelling.


Shin splints could cause pain and lead to cessation of activities like running if left unattended. The inflammation may lead to injuries including compartment syndrome.

Shin splints immediate treatment

RICER. Anti-inflammatory diet and medication.  Sports massage to encourage blood circulation and healing.

Shin splints rehabilitation and prevention

It’s very important to use activities with low impact like cycling or swimming, to keep conditioning levels. Recovery will be aided by stretching the tibialis anterior. Try to alternate lower-impact activities and high-impact activities days to prevent this condition from developing. Helping absorb the shock of impact activities it is important to strengthen the muscles of the lower leg.

Long-term prognosis

Medial tibial pain syndrome can be treated with no consequences. Occasionally the condition doesn’t respond to rehabilitation and rest, resulting in chronic pain and inflammation. Surgery may be needed in those rare circumstances.

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Shin splints treatment – Shin splints massage in Watford

Are you suffering from shin splint pain? Sports massage therapy in Watford will help you with pain relief. The deep tissue strokes release tension and pain and prevent scar tissue accumulation.

Sports massage therapy focuses on the connection between muscles and tendons. Sports massage treatment for shin splints pain assists in reducing recovery time after workouts and events improving flexibility which lowers the risk of injury.

A calf massage is very important too.  It is focused on the tendon and calf muscles like gastrocnemius, soleus and plantaris muscles located in the lower half of the leg. A massage involves various techniques aimed to reduce pain and improve recovery. A calf massage aims to relieve muscle tightness and improve blood flow. It will help with full recovery, and help a person return to exercise soon. Our sports massage therapist at Lucas Massage Therapy uses calf massage to help reduce pain, tension and tightness of the muscles.

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Sports Massage for shin pain in Watford to help you feel better, move better & be pain-free

Lucas Massage Therapy also put together a newsletter looking at the topic of shin splints injury more broadly. If you’d like to download a free copy, you can do so at the following link.

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