Runners and gym buffs have all experienced shin splints. Shinsplints or medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome are severe shooting pain you sometimes experience in the front part of your lower leg.
Shin splints can be caused by several reasons, like a stress fracture, improper training, sudden increase in the intensity or duration of training, or even using old running shoes. Whatever the reason, you’ll undoubtedly want to resolve this issue immediately. Here are some home remedies you can try:
Drinking a glass of unsweetened cherry juice after your workout will help with shin splints. Cherries are full of anthocyanins,compounds that have antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation.
Place a hot or cold compress on the area and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Apply the compress every four hours for the duration of five days. Hot and cold compresses can reduce inflammation and lessen the pain caused by shin splints.
Massage the Area
A massage is another effective way of getting rid of shinsplints. Warm the muscles of the affected area with a warm compress and then massage gently. Warming the muscles will help the inflammation go down while reducing the pain. It will also make the massage more effective. Follow this up with four to five days of rest. You can also try massaging a tablespoon of coconut oil onto the inflammed area.
Relax Muscles With Epsom Salt
Add one cup of Epsom salt to a bucket of your bath water.Use this water for taking a bath. Do this a minimum of three times a week.Epsom salt has known anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that can help ease the pain caused by shin splints.
Drink Valerian Root Tea
Add one to two teaspoons of valerian root to one cup of water. Bring to a boil. Add honey for a little flavor and drink before it gets cold. Drink this tea at least twice or thrice a day. Valerian root is often used because its anti-inflammatory. It also has antispasmodic and analgesic property that will relax muscles and provide pain relief.
You don’t have to suffer from the agony of shin splints. The right workout gear and proper warm-up can help prevent this. Cold and hot compress, a good massage, and rest are also effective ways of ensuring that you’ll soon shake of the splints and begin the road to recovery.