Why Shin Splint Sufferers Should Consider Chiropractic
Whether you are an avid exerciser, an exuberant shopper, or a small child chaser, you have probably felt tightening and burning in your shin at one point in your life. Sometimes, the pain stops when the activity ceases, but other times the pain remains. If shin pain continues bothering you, it may be time to face the fact you have shin splints.
The shin is a bone located in the front part of your lower leg. Shin splints commonly occur in athletes who have intensified or changed their training routines. They also show up in regular people who have changed or added activity to their routine.
The shin has a lot of responsibility during exercise, as it absorbs the shock of the steps, raises the toes, and support the arch of the foot.
A few main culprits play a part in shin splints:
- failing to stretch properly before exercising
- walking or running on hard surfaces, like pavement
- wearing the wrong type of shoes during activity
- over-exerting the body with strenuous activity
- skipping periods of rest between exercise
Individuals who perform any type of exercise should take appropriate measures to alleviate the above risk factors of shin splints. If you notice pain and soreness in the front part of your lower leg, know how to treat this injury properly.
If rest and ice aren’t doing the job and you’re still suffering pain, it’s time to see a doctor. A thorough exam and possibly an x-ray will diagnose the problem.
Chiropractic care is a powerful choice for treating shin splints and reducing their recurrence. Five significant ways chiropractic treatment benefits those suffering from shin splints are:
Reduction in pain
Chiropractic is proven to relieve the pain associated with bodily injuries and medical conditions, including shin splints. Sometimes one visit is enough to relieve the pain, other times the pain decreases over a series of appointments. Shin splints can be the result of faulty biomechanics in the pelvis, or perhaps the feet and a chiropractor can evaluate for this. Being able to diminish a high degree of pain down to a manageable level is possible for shin splint patients through chiropractic.
Healing through adjustments
Treating shin splints is a common procedure for chiropractors. Common practice is to evaluate the patient’s gait and also joints of the knee, fibula and the ankle and foot and adjust them as appropriate to restore proper mobility. Working on the associated muscles can be of great benefit as well. Unique to our office in treating this (and other soft tissue conditions) is via the FAKTR (Functional and Kinetic Treatment and Rehab) method and laser therapy to bring about healing as quickly as possible. Check out http://functionalsofttissue.com/ for more info on FAKTR.
Drug-free treatment option
A primary benefit of chiropractic care is it requires no over-the-counter or prescription drugs. Individuals who suffer from stomach issues, or simply prefer to avoid drugs, find chiropractic visits a productive alternative to manage pain and promote healing.
Chiropractors don’t just treat the spine. Your Doctor of Chiropractic will set an overall plan of attack for optimal recovery when dealing with shin splints.
It’s routine for chiropractic treatment of shin splints to include a series of stretching and strengthening exercises the individual performs at home between visits. These exercises further expand on the positive effects of the chiropractic therapy.
If you are one of the many people dealing with shin splints, don’t despair! Consider chiropractic care as your main treatment option or in conjunction with other modes of treatment. Within a few visits, you will experience pain reduction, and enjoy a decreased risk of ever dealing with painful shin splints again.
Dr. Mark Strudwick is a third-generation chiropractor in Victoria, B.C.