What are Shin Splints

Shin Splints is the common name for generalized lower leg muscle pain that occurs below the knee, usually along the bottom 1/3 of the tibia. They can be either on the inside or outside of the leg. Though they’re most often associated with running, the pain and annoyance of Shin Splints can affect basketball players, tennis players, dancers, even soldiers. In fact, anyone who changes their routine too quickly, adds too much, or doesn’t warm up properly can develop them.

Shin splints are inflammation of muscles, tendons and bone tissue around the shin bone, or tibia. Another term for shin splints is medial tibial stress syndrome. A 2012 meta-analysis published in the journal Sports Medicine determined that this is the most common injury for runners.

Treatment For Shin Splints

The best way to manage pain and inflammation from shin splints is combining ice and massage. Icing (10-15min) contracts the blood vessels slowing down circulation, metabolic activity thus decreasing inflammation and pain. As the fascia rewarms, blood vessels open wider than before increasing the circulation and metabolic activity to quickly heal the injured area.

Shin Splint Massage Massage not only provides significant relief, it helps the shin heal faster. A massage relaxes the muscles that are overworked, decreases the pain from inflammation and helps increase circulation through the injured tissues. When left alone, shin splints can cause a stress fracture. Massage therapy can shorten the healing time significantly. 


Relieve pain and swelling and promote healing and flexibility with RIME—Rest, Ice, Massage, and Elevation.

Rest. Rest and protect the injured or sore area. Stop, change, or take a break from any activity that may be causing your pain or soreness.

Ice. Cold will reduce pain and swelling. Use your Cryosphere right away to prevent or minimize swelling. Treat the affected area for 10-20 minutes 3 or more times a day.

Massage. Relieve muscular tension, relax muscles and reduce muscle soreness and fatigue. Massaging relieves muscular restriction, tightness, stiffness and spasms.

Elevation. Elevate the injured or sore area on pillows while applying cold treatment and anytime you are sitting or lying down.



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