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Sports massage for shin splints treatment in Hamilton 

Sports massage for shin splints treatment in Hamilton

By Chirag Sojitra 9/08/2012

Sports Massage:

The following sports massage guide is intended for information purposes only. We recommend seeking professional advice before attempting any self help treatment.

IMPORTANT: Before starting any massage treatment the therapist will check for contraindication (if any apply to you, then massage is not allowed).

What equipment is required?

  1. A lubricant is needed to allow the hands to glide smoothly. A number of massage oils are available to buy. A cheap but effective alternative is simple baby oil. Do not use too much oil. Enough to allow for smooth, controlled movement is required but too much will mean a lack of control.
  2. A firm, flat surface to lie on in order to apply pressure.

Technique 1: Effleurage

  1. Aim - light stroking to warm up the area in preparation for deeper techniques.
  2. With the hands stroke lightly but firmly upwards from the top of the ankle to the knee.
  3. Always stroke upwards towards the heart as this is the direction of blood flow. The other way can damage veins.
  4. Then lightly bring the hands down the outside of the leg keeping them in contact but do not apply pressure.
  5. Repeat the whole movement using slow stroking techniques, trying to cover as much of the leg as possible.
  6. Repeat this technique for about 5 to 10 minutes, gradually applying deeper pressure on the up strokes.

Technique 2: Stripping the Muscles

  1. With the thumb of the left hand (for a right leg) apply deep pressure to the posterior compartment muscles that can be felt at the back of the shin.
  2. Do not rub directly onto the bone. This may only increase pain and inflammation. Aim to massage the muscle, not the attachments to the bone.
  3. Apply 10 to 20 stripping techniques and alternate between cross frictions.
  4. For increased pressure the action can be reinforced with the other hand.

Technique 3: Cross Frictions

  1. Apply firm pressure across the muscle. Start at the lower third of the shin and work upwards.
  2. Again, stay away from the bone itself. The aim of this technique is to try and stretch the sheath that surrounds the muscle. This will reduce the pressure in the muscle compartment and in turn the stress on the lower leg.
  3. Apply this technique for around 5 minutes, alternating with stripping the muscle.

Finishing off

  1. The whole process should not last more than half an hour. Massage therapy can be applied every day if it is performed lightly however deeper techniques may result in a days recovery period to allow tissues to 'recover'.

It is important to assess the effect sports massage has both after treatment and the following day. If they’re an increase in pain and or inflammation then discontinue.

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