Shin splints

I can’t recall how many times I have seen people for shin splints and previously they had been told by other practitioners or doctors that this is a condition that cannot be treated or it can only be resolved by stretching or anti-inflammatories. Who can show me how to stretch the muscles at the front of the leg; it’s very difficult isn’t it?

When it comes to sports injuries shin splints is like a ‘taboo’ word. It is quite simple. Some people can be more prone to shin splints than others. Some therapists will say flat feet or even high arches are the cause of shin splints. This maybe true but ultimately without getting hands-on physical therapy treatment to these tight muscles shin splints will never resolve.

It really is not taboo! Simply the muscles in the lower leg, between the tibia bone and fibula bone can become aggressively tight. Similarly the deep calf muscle or muscles inside the lower leg can become equally tight. There is a lot of soft tissue in these areas. Physical therapy treatments allow us to soften and loosen the muscles of the lower legs. It is extremely important that these weakened muscles are stretched before strengthening exercises are prescribed. Muscles can be short but this does not mean they are strong. In most cases they are weak and until the weakness and tightness is released, the symptoms of shin splints will remain. Physical therapy and myofascial release allow the adhesions to reduce, the muscles can be easily treated and a return to the things you love doing need not be far away.

To make an appointment with us to relieve your shin splints pain please contact us at our Dublin physical therapy clinic on 01 236 6648.

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