Cupping for Medial Shin Splints: Relief and Recovery
Medial shin splints, also known as tibial stress syndrome, is a common overuse injury experienced by athletes, runners, and anyone engaging in physical activity. This condition is characterized by pain in the front inner part of the lower leg and is often caused by repetitive motions that put stress on the tibia and surrounding muscles.
In this article, we will explore the benefits of cupping therapy for treating medial shin splints. Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This suction helps to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and promote healing in the affected area.
What Causes Medial Shin Splints?
Medial shin splints occur when the muscles and tendons surrounding the tibia become overworked and irritated. This can be due to a number of factors, including:
Overuse: Engaging in physical activity, particularly running or jumping, can put a lot of strain on the muscles and tendons in the lower leg. Over time, this strain can cause inflammation and pain.
Poor Footwear: Wearing shoes that do not provide enough support or cushioning can increase the risk of developing shin splints.
Biomechanical Issues: Individuals with flat feet or high arches are more prone to developing shin splints as these conditions can alter the way the foot strikes the ground.
Sudden Increase in Activity: Starting a new exercise routine or increasing the intensity or duration of your current routine can also increase the risk of developing shin splints.
The Benefits of Cupping for Medial Shin Splints
Cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of health conditions, including pain, inflammation, and muscle tension. When it comes to treating medial shin splints, cupping can offer several key benefits:
Increased Blood Flow: Cupping increases blood flow to the affected area, which can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Pain Relief: Cupping can help to reduce pain in the affected area by breaking up scar tissue and releasing muscle tension.
Improved Range of Motion: Cupping can help to improve flexibility and range of motion in the affected area, making it easier for individuals to return to their normal physical activity.
Reduced Inflammation: By increasing blood flow and reducing muscle tension, cupping can also help to reduce inflammation in the affected area.
How Cupping Therapy Works for Medial Shin Splints
Cupping therapy works by creating suction on the skin using cups. The suction created by the cups helps to increase blood flow to the affected area, which can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Cupping therapy can be performed using either stationary or moving cups. Stationary cups are placed on the skin and left in place for a period of time, typically 1-5 minutes for Self Care and longer by Professionals. Moving cups, on the other hand, are moved over the skin in a gliding motion, helping to release muscle tension and break up scar tissue. Cups can also be placed and left in place while actively engaging the affected and accessory muscles as seen in the video above.
How to Prepare for Cupping Therapy
Before undergoing cupping therapy, it is important to consult with a trained practitioner to determine if cupping is right for you. During this consultation, your practitioner will assess your symptoms and determine the best course of treatment for your specific needs. This article is not to replace being evaluated by a trained medical professional. This article is to assist and work with your Trained Medical Professional's prescription of Self Care Cupping for Medial Shin Splints.
When preparing for cupping therapy, it is important to wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the affected area. It is also important to hydrate before your session to ensure that your muscles are relaxed