The warmer Spring temperatures mean longer distances to runners.
Unfortunately, painful conditions that can interfere with your training like shin splints are more common as a result. Consider the possible causes:
- Misalignment of the spine – Even a small subluxation can lead to musculoskeletal running injuries such as shin splints. The spine is central to balance and strength, and if there is any misalignment, your training could be suboptimal and even counterproductive.
- Improper biomechanics of the feet, ankles and knees – If your legs are operating in a state of dysfunction, your bones and connective tissue will be impacted. Some degree of pronation / supination or compensation can lead to dysfunction during your running stride, resulting in painful shin splints. Chronic, untreated shin splints could lead to more serious injuries of the knee or hip.
How can you avoid getting shin splints? Get a spinal assessment to correct and restore proper musculoskeletal function, and learn proper stretching techniques to use before and after hitting the road.