A couple of weeks ago I started my aerobics class, and from nowhere, a shooting pain was killing my lower leg. The pain started from the ankle and it was going up to the kneecap, and the area on both shinbone sides was painful at the touch.
Even if is not a serious health problem, the inflammation of the muscle at the front of lower leg can be repeated if you don’t do something to calm down the inflammation.
So, this way, my aerobics were interrupted, because I wasn’t able to work through the pain. Actually, I was advised to rest a bit otherwise the situation will worsen.
Along with rest, my physical therapist suggested to try some natural remedies to relieve pain and get back on my feet quickly.
1. Hot Or Cold Compress
- Take the hot or cold compress and place it on the affected area.
- Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Hot Tubs With Essential Oils
- Prepare a hot bath.
- Add about one to two teaspoons of any essential oil (lavender or eucalyptus oil) to the hot tub.
- Soak yourself and relax in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes.
Gently massaging the affected area on your lower leg can help relieve the pain caused by shin splints. For best results, use a warm compress prior to massaging. Warming the muscles will make the massage more effective and relieve the pain and inflammation.
4. Ginger Root
- Take a full ginger root and shred it into small pieces.
- Place the shredded ginger in a cheesecloth and soak this in a bowl of hot water for a minute.
- Apply this ginger compress directly to the affected shin and allow it to work for 15 to 20 minutes.
5. Epsom Salt
- Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to your bath water in a tub or bucket.
- Use this water to bathe and relax your muscles.
- Mix the turmeric powder with enough water to make a thick paste.
- Apply this paste on the affected area of your shin.
- Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes, after which you can wash it off with warm water.
- Additionally, you can also consume turmeric with a glass of hot milk daily.
7. Ice The Pain
- Fill a foam or paper cup with water and stick it in the freezer.
- Once the water is frozen solid, peel back the lip of the cup to expose some ice, and massage the shin area for ten minutes at a time, up to four times a day for a week or two.
- You can also try icing the area with a bag of frozen vegetables, such as peas or corn kernels.