‘Shin splints’ refers to pain felt anywhere along the shinbone from knee to ankle. It is more common for those playing sports that involve a lot of running. Though people who have jobs where they are standing in a stationary position for extended periods of time can suffer from shin splints as well. The exact cause of shin splints, though, is unknown.
The symptoms and signs of shin splints can include:
Aches and pains are felt along the shinbone.
The area is tender and sore to touch.
The overlying skin may be red and inflamed.
The pain may be felt before, during or after running.
An exercise that we recommend to assist with this and other issues, comes from Yoga. It is known as "Legs Up the Wall Pose" (or Viparita Karani). It is a restorative posture that allows the mind and the body to relax, relieving stress and tension. It is one of the more simplier yoga poses as it doesn’t require much flexibility or strength. But even though it’s a passive pose, its benefits are pretty amazing.
Some benefits are:
Soothes swollen or cramped feet and legs
Inverting the legs/feet has long been known as an effective treatment for reducing
swelling and pain in the lower extremities. This can be therapeutic after flying,
physical activity or from the detrimental effects of sitting/standing during the day.
Stretches the hamstrings and lower back
The angle of the body reduces the curve of the lumbar spine, which will elongate and
stretch the back muscles. The closer your hips are to the wall, the more stretch you'll
create in your hamstrings.
Relieves lower back tension
Pressure is released from the spine in a supine position (especially on a bed or cushion), relieving the back from mild strain.
So combining both treatment and exercise shin splints can be a thing of the past!
Treat a symptom by fixing the cause!
Try not to bring the body to a full 90 degree angle as this can impede circulation at the hips. Instead slide your hips a few inches from the wall and/or elevate your hips by placing a cushion under your sacrum.