Yoga For Shin Splints - Recovery

Yoga for Shin Splints – Recovery Routine

Shin splints suck, but waiting around and not doing anything isn’t the best way to recover. In fact, a recovery-focused yoga routine can help you recover from shin splints faster.

I’m sharing a quick routine that pairs self-myofascial & yoga to help relieve the pain associated with shin splints farther down, but first..

What Are Shin Splints?

Shin splints are commonly an overuse injury, where the periosteum (the connective tissue that surrounds bones) of the tibia becomes inflamed, resulting in a condition called periostitis. This causes radial pain around the shin and its supporting muscles often referred to as “shin splints”.

However, recent studies have shown that periostitis isn’t the only cause of shin splints. Tendinopathy, the failed healing of tendons resulting in irregular tendon structures, and the stress reaction of the tibia can also cause shin splints.

Symptoms of shin splints include:

  • Tenderness along the inner side of your shinbone
  • Pain along your shinbone
  • Mild swelling in your lower leg

What Causes Shin Splints?

Shin splints are an overuse repeat stress injury, meaning that a sudden increase in lower extremity activity from running, dancing, or a sport like soccer, can lead to developing shin splints.

That means doing “too much, too fast” is often the common cause of shin splints. Suddenly increasing your activity, the intensity of the workout, or duration can all be factors that develop shin splints.

Risk Factors Include:

  • Weakness – Weakness in your tibialis posterior, tibialis anterior, and soleus muscles are common causes of shin splints.
  • Inflexibility – Tight calf muscles (gastrocnemius, soleus, and plantaris) are commonly associated with shin splints.
  • Pes Planus – aka. “flat feet” causes overpronation of the foot putting extra strain on your soleus and tibialis muscles.
  • Sex of The Individual – Women are at 1.5 to 3.5 times increased risk because of their higher incidence of diminished bone density.

How Does Yoga Help Shin Splints?

Because shin splints are caused by the weakness & tightness of supporting muscles of the tibia, a strength-based yoga routine can strengthen and stretch these muscles to help prevent further injuries down the line. Paired with some targeted mobility work (self-myofasical release), this routine can work out scar tissue that is immobilizing your shin and help you heal properly to your full potential.

10-Minute Yoga Routine for Shin Splints

This yoga recovery session is focused on alleviating symptoms of shin splints, which includes tightness and discomfort and your lower legs, particularly along your shins. Use this after a run to help recover more quickly. Remember – this is just relieving the symptoms. You must strengthen and improve mobility in the lower legs as well in order to solve shin splints for good.

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About the author, Dean Pohlman, Founder & CEO of Man Flow Yoga, Author of Yoga Fitness for Men, Expert on Yoga Fitness for Men.

Dean Pohlman is an E-RYT 200 certified yoga instructor and the founder of Man Flow Yoga. Dean is widely considered to be an authority on Yoga for Men. He has worked with physical therapists to create yoga programs for back health and spinal recovery. His workouts and programs have been used by professional and collegiate athletes, athletic trainers, and personal trainers; and have been recommended by physical therapists, doctors, chiropractors, and other medical professionals.

Dean is a successfully published author through DK Publishing (Yoga Fitness for Men), selling 35,000 copies worldwide in English, French, and German; in addition to being a co-producer of the Body by Yoga DVD Series, which has sold over 40,000 copies on Amazon since its release in 2016.

Man Flow Yoga has been featured in Muscle & Fitness Magazine, Mens’ Health, The Chicago Sun, New York Magazine, and many more major news media outlets.

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