Dr. gave me some calcium tabs & called it a day.
LOL. What did he think he was treating? Maybe "muscle cramps"
No wonder I was thinking trigger point therapy could solve anything, while reading this book.
Yes. Like I said it is a great resource but you have to apply a grain of salt to some things. But the truth is, that is necessary for ALL such works. For those who don't want to do in-depth research the best approach is look at the basic assertions, for instance, in this case, that massage is the key to treating shin splints.
For most all "trigger points" self massage can be very effective in resolving the trigger points THEMSELVES. Not in all cases, but in many. Resolving the trigger points resolves the pain syndromes..referred pain..that comes with them. Anytime you see a statement that goes beyond resolving trigger points to resolving a common and recognized thing like shin splints, you have to stop as say..wait, I need back up for that. You always need back up but here it's even more needed.
Even if I had not mentioned trigger points in this explanation a person should have been able to use this explanation (or others like it but mine is probably better) to figure out pretty quickly that there is no way that massaging the 'shin muscles' alone would resolve shin splints!
just yesterday a friend of mine asked me about curing Shin-splints. Time to share the article on FB
The mistake that most people make for shin splints (MTSS) is to continue to pound away on painful legs or legs that become painful more and more quickly. Complete or relative rest really is the primary treatment and if you catch it early one most cases should resolve quickly on their own. Then the key is modifying your training so that you no longer do too much too soon.
If you keep getting shin splints regardless of how you train and how you treat then it's time to consider other predisposing factors or whether the pain stems from something more serious.