Shin Splint Treatment with Active Release Techniques (ART)

Shin splint treatment with Chiropractic and Active Release TechniquesShin splints are an overuse or repetitive use injury that affects the muscles around the shin bones (tibia)

This injury is common in runners, but can happen to any individual who spends a lot of time on their feet. 

Shin splints can be very painful and may occasionally result in stress fractures if not properly addressed.  The good news is Dr. Keith McGahey can help eliminate your shin pain quickly, and often permanently, using a combination of Chiropractic care and Active Release Techniques.




What Causes Shin Splints To Occur?

Shin splints are an overuse injury of the muscles of the shins caused by running, jumping, or just being on your feet a lot. The wear and tear on these muscles literally causes tiny tears to form where they attach to the shin bones, causing inflammation and deep, achy pain.

As the condition progresses, scar tissue forms around these tears in the muscles, causing them to become stiff and weak. Continued activity results in more tiny tears, more inflammation and more scar tissue, a process known as the cumulative trauma cycle. Shin splints can also result from biomechanical problems such as over-pronation or flat feet. This is a slow process and it may take months before you start to feel pain.


What Are the Most Common Symptoms of Shin Splints?

Shin splints cause pain in the muscles along the edge of the shin bone (tibia). Pain is typically present at the beginning of activity or exercise, and may decrease as your body begins to warm up. Pain usually returns following activity and can be quite bad the next day upon waking.

Shin splints often develop gradually as a dull ache, but with repetitive trauma can become so painful that an individual will have to discontinue activity. If not properly addressed, they can lead to a stress fracture of the tibia.


Effective Treatment in Bellevue, WA

Traditional treatments for shin splints are typically passive - changing shoes, stretching, ice and time away from running or the offending activity. While this can give some relief, it doesn’t address the most important issue - scar tissue and adhesions in the muscle along the sides of the shin. Unless this is addressed, further injury and continued pain is likely to occur.

Active Release Techniques® can quickly break up scar tissue and adhesions in the muscles around the shin, decreasing inflammation and eliminating pain. Chiropractic can help by improving running mechanics, thereby decreasing your chance of re-injury.


Ready To Feel Better?

If shin splints are taking the enjoyment out of being on your feet, help is just a call or click away.  Dr. McGahey can help you get to the source of the problem and create a treatment plan to help eliminate your pain as quickly as possible.


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