Shin Pain or Shinsplints Caused By Driving
Driving and shin pain happens to many people. Fortunately relief is easy to get with just a few minutes of focused energy.
If you drive long distances you are repetitively straining the muscle that runs down the outside of your shin bone. The muscle called tibialis anterior, spanning from below your knee, along your shin bone and inserting into your arch. It can become so tight that the fibers will begin to pull away from the bone, a condition called “shinsplints.” This is a painful condition and is so easy to fix.
Treatment for Shin Pain and Shinsplints
To find the muscle, press your fingers on the thick muscle that is just to the outside of your shin bone. Pick up the front of your foot, and then press down, like you are applying pressure to your gas pedal. You’ll feel the muscle contracting under your fingertips. As you are driving for hours, the muscle can get so strained you’ll have shin pain all the way to the front of your ankle.
There are several treatments for this muscle. You can use the Julstro Perfect Ball, or a tennis ball which is less effective but will work. Place the ball at the top of the muscle, just below your knee. Then press down hard and slide all the way to your ankle. Curling your toes as shown will help stop the feeling of a cramp in your arch.
You’ll find a tender point about mid-way down the muscle, it may even feel like a bump. This is the common site of the spasm that is shortening the muscle fibers and causing them to put pressure onto your shin bone. Keep pressing your lower leg into the ball until it doesn’t hurt any longer. You’ve gone a long way to releasing the tension in the muscle and eliminating the pain.
My book, Treat Yourself to Pain Free Living, or the Lower Body DVD, demonstrates how to do the treatments easily. If the muscle is really tight the treatment will be a bit painful, so only apply enough pressure that it “hurts so good.” You’ll be so glad you took the time to stop and work out the tension in your leg, it will make your trip a lot more pleasant!
Wishing you well,