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Shin Splints

Shin Splints and Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care for Shin Splints

Shin splints involve the leg’s lower portion.  The bone located in front of the leg is responsible for movements like stepping and running.  It also supports the arch of the foot and acts as shock absorber for leg movements.

Common Causes

– No stretching before exercise

– Walking on hard surfaces

– Wrong type of footwear or inadequate padding during sports activities

– Over-exertion 

– Insufficient rest periods during physical activities

Other Causes

–    Swelling muscles because of overuse

–    Tiny fractures in the lower leg bones

–    Flat Feet 

–    Weak muscles of the hips

–    Weak low back 


Identifying Shin Splints

If you have pain in your shins, it does not always mean that you have shin splints.  There are other conditions that are commonly mistaken as shin splints. Stress fractures are one common cause of shin pain. 

If you press your shin, and you can immediately feel the sharp pain on a definite spot, it is likely that you have a stress fracture.  Also, you usually feel better in the morning if you have stress fractures. Because the bone rested over night.  Shin splints are extremely painful when you try to lift and flex your foot.

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care does not only treat shin splints, it also prevents occurrences in the future. 

Since the musculoskeletal system and the entire body are interconnected, spine adjustments can positively affect other body parts, like shins. A chiropractor can adjust the ankle and foot to treat your shin splints. 

The chiropractor will release the tension on the muscles to rid the pain.  By applying gentle tension to the involved muscles along with specific movements, chiropractors will identify the muscles involved.  This will lead to a restoration of muscles and ligaments to their normal state.

Your chiropractor will also give you advice and stretches in order to avoid a recurrence. 

Shin splints usually improve with just a few treatments, regardless of the length of time the patient has had the problem. They are often caused by improper biomechanics of the knee and foot.  Misalignment of the hip and ankle may also be a cause. The biomechanical problem of the ankles and pelvis can be evaluated and assessed by chiropractors.

Call Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Clinic if you are suffering from this condition. We can diagnose the condition and give you proper treatment. 

“From my experience, personal connections and continuous care are the most important things. Therefore I always take the time to get to know my patients.”

Dr. Kevin Lyons

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