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Shin Splint Pain: Ouch!

The Issue

Shin Splints are one of the injuries that occur most for runners. WebMD states that Shin Splints cause 13 % of all running issues.  Because shin splints aren’t really a single medical condition, the cause of your shin splint pain can greatly range in severity.

I started dabbling in marathon training this previous week, and ramped up my outdoor running to 8 miles. I started feeling sharp shin splint pain after mile 5. Being the competitor that I am, I wasn’t going to let a little pain stop me from hitting that 8 mile mark. Boy did I learn my lesson!  Increasing mileage should be done in conjunction with increasing calf stretching and strengthening. As I began my cool down my shin splint pain began immediately and my shins began to throb. I should have stopped at mile 5.  I should have paid attention to this weekend’s post by @jfriel – No amount of fitness is worth the risk of an injury. If a joint, muscle, tendon or bone doesn’t feel right, stop the workout.  It is important to gage your body and give it the proper attention it requires.

The Cause

Shin Splint pain is often caused by over use of the same muscles without proper stretching, compression, or rest. The human body is an interconnective chain. When you experience a problem in one area it often migrates and causes issues in another. For example you could be experiencing shin splints because you have weak calf muscles that need to be strengthen and stretched out. Compression to this area is essential when dealing with shin splint pain. If you apply compression forces to the muscles you will provide support to the problem area. Compression Sleeves help keep your muscles warm and allow for continued circulation while performing physical activity. It is important to take the time when performing physical activity to properly stretch, to seek out the right solution, and to allow your body time to rest and recuperate.

The Solution

Listen to your body and gage and act accordingly. If you continually experience shin splints the Cho-Pat Shin Splint Compression Sleeve would be essential in alleviating Shin Splint pain and discomfort that comes with it. The Cho-Pat Shin Splint Compression Sleeve provides compression forces and supports the lower leg muscles and soft tissue. It helps stimulation circulation and maintains warmth to control the fluid build-up in the muscle. It is a highly effective solution to counteract the symptoms experienced with Shin Splints.  The Shin Splints compression sleeve will be ideal when performing physical activity.  After activity you need to take the proper time to stretch out the muscles to allow them to rebuild and rejuvenate.  The ProStretch Plus is a great tool that I, myself use. It provides the effective lower leg stretch that will help alleviate shin splint pain. The ProStretch Plus is a tool that allows you to personalize the stretch you need. It will effectively stretch your interconnective chain and help prevent future shin splint pain.

Shin Splint pain can be a roadblock to training.  Take the time to prevent injuries and stretch out your muscles! Remember the body is an interconnective pain and when you have a problem once place it is guaranteed to migrate!

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Always,

Lauren