Stretching For Shin Splints
Stretching is an important activity if you are looking for ways to limit the effect of shin splints. Combining different stretches will help you manage pain and prevent further injury to your legs. However, before we discuss stretching exercises, let us first look at the definition and causes of shin splints.
Shin splints, otherwise known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, is when a person suffers with pain in their shins. Pain from shin splints can start as a dull throbbing just below the knees and may gradually intensify as you continue your workout or other type of aggressive activity. Some of the causes of shin splints are excessive running, intensive workouts, and even walking frequently.
If you are an athlete, enjoy working out or walking around the park, there are several stretches that you might find beneficial before starting out with your favorite activity. Here are some of the most effective stretches used specifically for the prevention of shin splints:
#1: Stand in front of a wall about an arms length away. Make sure that your feet are aligned with your shoulders. Then, slowly lean towards the wall. You should feel the stretch in the muscles in front of the shins and the calves. Hold this position for thirty seconds and repeat four times. You can do this stretching method two legs at the same time or one leg at a time, its completely up to you.
#2: Another good exercise for stretching your shin muscles is the sitting shin stretch. To perform this stretch, you will need to get a chair that isn’t too low. Make sure that your feet are flat on the ground and your lower legs make a ninety-degree angle with the floor. Then, point the front of your feet upwards while keeping your heels on the ground. Hold this position for thirty seconds and do at least four repetitions
#3: This next stretching exercise will help stretch your leg muscles before a good session of running, jogging, or power walking. Perform this stretching exercise by sitting on the floor with legs spread apart. Make sure that your knees are straight and that your position is comfortable enough. Then, put a towel around one of your soles and gently pull it towards you. You should feel a good stretch in both the front and back lower leg muscles. Hold this position for thirty seconds then swap legs and repeat. Do this four times on each leg at the very least.
All of these stretches will definitely help reduce the chances of shin splints causing you a problem. Having good and appropriate sports shoes and taking note of the type of surface you’ll be running or playing on will also help you take care of your legs whilst running.
I hope these stretching tips help you in the long run, no pun intended!!
Take care and have a great shin splints free day
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