If you have ever just started exercising, or walked or run for a long period of time, you might notice that you have pain in your shins and lower leg. This soreness is typically referred to as ‘shin splints’. Children and teens also tend to experience shin splints when they increase their amount of activity quickly or during pre-season of sports competition.
One quick and easy way to alleviate some of the pain is to incorporate an ice massage technique near the end of activities. Massage cups are super easy to make, economical, and can give a lot of relief. Here’s a brief tutorial how to make and use ice massage cups.
- Find some paper cups, preferable 8-10 oz. and cut a small slit in the top of the cup and fill with water about 1/4 inch below the bottom of the slit.
- Tear off the cut portion, along with enough of the cup to expose the ice, but still keep part of the cup intact so that it is easy to hold.
- Rub the ice massage on sore muscles to alleviate shin pain
And don’t forget- shin splints are only temporary! As you (or your child) gains lower leg strength they will go away!