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Reducing Painful Shin Splints Through Proper Stretching

Shin SplintsThe term “shin splints” just sounds painful, doesn’t it? If you’ve ever had this problem, you can attest to how miserable it makes you feel. Shin splints occur when your shinbone as well as the tissues that connect your muscles to the bone become overloaded. Sufferers experience lower leg pain, soreness, swelling and other problems. However, through proper stretching, you can heal – and even prevent – this problem.

Your calves play a huge role in the health of your shins. If there is any sort of imbalance in strength, you’re not only at risk for a calf strain but also for shin splints. You can substantially reduce the risk of injury by making sure your calves are as flexible as possible. Supplementing your flexibility exercises with strength training will increase muscle balance and lower your chances of developing problems such as shin splints.

The Anterior What?

One of the most effective ways to deal with shin splints is by stretching the anterior tibialis. This is the muscle that stretches from the front of your tibia (shinbone), moves toward the inside portion of your ankle, and then becomes a tendon at your big toe. However, this muscle can be difficult to stretch if you don’t have the right equipment and use the proper technique.

An excellent tool for stretching the anterior tibialis and helping to alleviate the discomfort of shin splints is the ProStretch Plus. This product has been used for more than two decades by trainers, physical therapists and athletes to provide an effective stretch that helps with several conditions. If you have this problem, it’s very important that you increase the flexibility of your plantar fascia, Achilles tendon and calf as well as the anterior tibialis. The ProStretch Plus can help you do so in a targeted, safe and controlled manner.

Medi-Dyne offers the ProStretch Plus and several other tools that can help you get through your workouts healthy and happy. If you would like to learn more check out our e-store or call 800-810-1740.

Check out this video to learn more about how the ProStretch Plus can provide you with a safe and effective anterior tibialis stretch.