Last Modified on Aug 08, 2014
“Shin splints” is a term used to refer to pain that occurs along the shinbone at the front of the leg. While runners are most commonly affected by the condition, other individuals including walkers, dancers and military recruits are also highly susceptible. In any case, however, effective stretching paired with the appropriate nutrition can offer relief from shin splints and other use-related injuries.
What are Shin Splints?
Shin splints can be defined as pain that is localized in the shin bones. The cause of the condition is overwork or stress on the muscles, tendons and bone tissue surrounding the shins. Symptoms include tenderness, soreness, pain and mild swelling in the lower leg.
Natural Remedies for Shin Splints
As shin splints are caused by repeated stress on the shin bones, remedies aim at strengthening and loosening the shin bone and associated muscle to prevent pain and tightness. This strengthening can be achieved using different stretching techniques and exercises. Nutritional supplements including vitamin D and calcium are also helpful for strengthening the bone and preventing strain on the muscles.
Preparing the body for work is crucial to prevent injury, and the same is true for the shins. Stretching the shins and calves prior to a workout prepares this part of the body for the work it is about to do just as stretching following a workout relaxes the muscles and prevents stiffness. Bending the knee forward and dragging the toes gently along the floor is an appropriate stretch to prevent shin splints.
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for building and maintaining strong bones and muscle. This nutrient also helps the body absorb calcium and assists in muscle movement and nerve activity. An appropriate amount of this nutrient prevents strain on the shins and strengthens the body to eliminate pain.
Calcium functions in many of the same ways vitamin D does. This mineral supports bone and muscle health and also promotes circulation throughout the body. These vital functions help prevent shin splints by building strong bone and muscle and maintaining regular blood flow.
Shin splints are a very common condition that range from mildly uncomfortable to extremely painful. However, effective stretching and proper nutrition can help prevent the condition and are also part of a healthy exercise regimen.
[YEA] GOOD DAY! I AM IN THE NAVY, AND SHIN SPLINTS ALMOST STOPPED MY CAREER! YOU MUST TAKE MAGNESIUM! SOMETIMES WE HAVE AN OVERACCUMULATION OF CALCIUM WHICH CAUSES THE BONES TO HARDEN TO A POINT WHERE THEY CAN SNAP FROM CALCIFICATION. START WITH 50MG ONCE A DAY. THIS WILL MAKE YOU FEEL VERY RELAXED - THIS IS NORMAL! GIVE IT A FEW WEEKS BUT THE RESULTS WILL WORTH IT. AND YOU MUST ALSO STRECH YOUR SHINS BY TRAINING YOUR LEGS. GET ON YOUR KNEES AND SIT "JAPANEESE" STYLE BY LEANING BACK AS FAR AS YOU CAN GO. IT WILL GET YOUR SHINS GOOD AND STRETCHED. IT WAS A LIFE SAVER FOR ME. OH, AND TAKE ACV 2X A DAY!
This early morning my lower legs caused severe pain, first time in life. The pain severe persisted for 2-3 minutes. The pain was on the outer sides in the mid region of the lower leg. The side muscle was hardening and bone pain was increasing. After the pain have a tender feeling on the affected region. Those who have experienced the similar pain please share your views and remedies adopted. Experts please advice what precautionary steps I should take.
Learning the benefits of wheat grass, aloe vera and shilajit, for the last one month I am consuming 3gm of wheat powder 20 ml of Aloevera juice in empty stomach and 500 mg shilajit capsules twice a day. I weigh 88kg and height 5ft 6inches. Further for last 8 weeks I am on 20mg Rebeparzole for suspected duodenal/gastric ulcer. My BP is normal under the olmestran medoxomil 40 mg for the last one year. May I request the Expert doctors to advice about my medication and treatment for the problems I have.