Dr. James Stoxen DC Demonstrates The Deep Tissue Treatment He Uses For Shin Splints
Today i’m going to talk about Shin Splints.
I am going to show you how to get some relief from the pain from shin splints by doing some deep tissue work.
This is helpful if you have major or minor shin splints.
This is exactly what I do with patients in my office which means i’m teaching you all of my tricks.
- First you find the shin which is located in the picture above and in the video.
- Then you roll off of the bone with your thumb where the bone drops off into the muscle.
- Your thumb should sing right in there.
- Start at the bottom and hold that point down to the bone. (it may be tender)
- Hold your thumb down until the pain goes away and move your way up through the shin one thumb thickness at a time.
- Work your way up to the knee. As you go up towards the knee you will have to work your way deeper to get inside deeper. What you might want to do it employ the other thumb to help push down into the tissue with extra pressure on that area.
(be sure to take your time applying the deep tissue treatment. The example I depict in the video was done quicker than normal as I was focused more on showing area to be treated and not the timing)
You can do a couple of passes up and down the shin. You may find that the first time might hurt but the second and third time the pain might is less severe and improvements are being made.
What is happening when your putting pressure on the muscle the brain gets a message that things are getting better. For some reason the brain decides to let go on the lock down that it has on that muscle on your human spring.
In my opinion the shin splint is formed when the human spring is locked and can’t absorb the force of the landing comfortably into the spring with spring protection. Instead it bangs into the ground and sends splintering force up to the shin and the tibia which creates muscle spasms from that abnormal movement pattern.
By releasing these muscles your actually reducing cause of the shin splints.
I recommend that you go through all of the Video Tutorials on the blog especially the Self Help Release Video Tutorials #77-89 to help you release your human spring
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There are times when you should refrain from massage or deep tissue massage because it may adversely affect a health condition.
Contraindication is the medical term for these conditions. “Contra” means against, as in contrary, and indications are things that tell you what to do one way or the other. Therefore, contraindications are things that are telling you not to do something.
- Fever: When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body’s natural defenses.
- Inflammation: Massage can further irritate an area of inflammation, so you should not administer it. Inflamed conditions include anything that ends in itis, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis(inflammation of the joints), and so on. In the case of localized problems, you can still massage around them, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.
- High blood pressure: High blood pressure means excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Massage affects the blood vessels, and so people with high blood pressure or a heart condition should receive light, sedating massages, if at all.
- Infectious diseases: Massage is not a good idea for someone coming down with the flu or diphtheria, for example, and to make matters worse, you expose yourself to the virus as well.
- Hernia: Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. It’s not a good idea to try to push these organs back inside. Surgery works better.
- Osteoporosis: Elderly people with a severe stoop to the shoulders often have this condition, in which bones become porous, brittle, and fragile. Massage may be too intense for this condition.
- Varicose veins: Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. However, if you apply a very light massage next to the problem, always in a direction toward the heart, it can be very beneficial.
- Broken bones: Stay away from an area of mending bones. A little light massage to the surrounding areas, though, can improve circulation and be quite helpful.
- Skin problems: You should avoid anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there, such as rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters, for example. Usually these problems are local, so you can still massage in other areas.
- Cancer: Cancer can spread through the lymphatic system, and because massage increases lymphatic circulation, it may potentially spread the disease as well. Simple, caring touch is fine, but massage strokes that stimulate circulation are not.Always check with a doctor first.
- Other conditions and diseases: Diabetes, asthma, and other serious conditions each has its own precautions, seek a doctor’s opinion before administering massage.
- Pregnancy: No deep tissue work. Be aware: danger of triggering a miscarriage by strong myofascial work is greatest during the first 3 months (especially through work around the pelvis, abdomen, adductors, medial legs, or feet)