Shin Splint Muscle Therapy + Leg Pain
- Has anyone ever mentioned shin splints?
- Have you felt or been told that you have a short leg?
- Do you walk or run with pain?
- Do you have knee, quad, hamstring or calf pain?
- Do you walk on the inside or outside of your feet?
- Is walking an effort?
- Do you avoid walking?
If you said yes to one or more of these questions, then it is likely that part of what you have experienced is some form of leg muscle tightness. In many cases, it is possible to relax the muscles so that the legs can work with greater ease and less pain.
First of all, if you have knee problems, be sure to check with a doctor to find out if there is any torn cartilage or injured ligaments in the knee. That type of a problem may require surgery and later muscular therapy. Also, it is possible to tear muscles. That is another problem which may take medical intervention and massage therapy afterward. Accidents and surgeries of all types require the primary healing be completed before massage therapy, can be added which will aid in mobility and comfort.
If you develop sudden, unexplained leg pain, see your doctor. There are some long term medical conditions which can also result in leg pain. If you have questions consult your physician.
There are many different types of massage that can help you. It may be necessary to sample more than one type in order to find what works for you. Control Muscle Release Therapy is one type that has been beneficial to many people in reestablishing normal movement to the body.
Once the primary healing from an injury is finished, massage becomes an option. The massage therapist may begin by relaxing the muscles nearest the painful area or area of restriction. If the problem is not yet resolved, the massage therapist may choose to work on a more distant site which can influence the restricted area. For example: When the muscles in the back of the upper leg (hamstrings) are painful, it is possible that the problem may be in the pelvis. When the pelvis is tilted either forward or backward on one or both sides, it changes the tension of the muscles in the legs. Muscles and connective tissue in the ankle or foot, if they are tight, can also produce imbalance. Putting weight on either the outside or inside of the feet can translate tightness all the way to the low back. Often these imbalances are not new but can still be improved by Control Muscle Release Therapy or another type of massage.
There can be hope of change.
If the problem is due to
muscle tightness, then
NeuroMuscular Therapy and
Massage for Knee Problems
Knee problems can have many causes. When muscles and tendons are tight, any sudden impact against the legs can tear the cartilage which cushions and provides a gliding surface, or ligaments which hold bone to bone. And again, the orientation of the foot under the knee is important for proper alignment of the knee and the hip. The connective tissue that exists within the feet (fascia) is connected to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints of the knees, hips, and low back.
Differences in leg length can have different causes. Either the leg is structurally shorter or is functionally shorter due to tight muscles in the low back and pelvis. The psoas muscle is anchored into the side of the spine (vertebral bodies) from the region of the lower back (T10-12 and L1-3) extending into the inside of the pelvis connecting to the upper leg in the groin area (the lesser trochanter). It is used when we sit or bend, and in lifting the leg. If one psoas muscle is tight, that leg will appear shortened. That tension created by one shortened psoas will change the way a person stands, sits, or moves, which can create pain from the low back to the feet, due to the differential in tension from one side to the other.
Massage for Shin Splints
Shin splint muscle therapy can help shin splints, which are very sore muscles on the outer front side of the lower leg. Frequently, the leg will need to rest for a few days if the reason for the pain is that the muscle has pulled away from the bone. And the tension in the muscles needs to be released, from the ankle all the way to the upper leg. Control Muscle Release Therapy or another shin splint muscle therapy can be helpful in releasing the tension in leg muscles to enable the leg to heal more completely.