A Kick in the Shins: 3 Steps Relieve Shin Pain
These 3 easy steps relieve shin pain and if you’re experiencing the torture otherwise known as shin splints, you’ll want to try these today!
What Causes Shin Pain?
Shin splints refer to tenderness and pain along the larger bone, tibia, in your lower leg. Shin pain is caused by hard exercise, repetitive activity, sports. Overuse of the muscles and improper stretching can lead to inflammation of your shin which causes shin pain.
1, 2, 3 Steps to Relieve Shin Pain
Shin Massage– Rub your shin to move that soreness and lactic acid out of your affected muscle, the anterior tibialis. That’s the main muscle giving you fits. Massage that muscle belly, pushing swelling up toward your heart. An ice massage or ice pack held to the shin will reduce swelling.
Shin Stretch– Sit comfortably with your leg in front of your. Use a pool noodle or rolled up blanket to gently pull your foot backward. This movement allows the muscle to relax and soften. Hold this position 2–3 minutes. You can repeat this maneuver multiple times a day, as needed.
Shin Taping– There are several therapy tape products (KT Tape, Rock Tape) on the market at your local drugstore or available for purchase online. Once you have properly applied the tape to the front of your shin muscle, you’ll find some more support and relief. Watch this video for tips on how to tape your shins to relieve shin pain.