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As we head into the holidays, we reflect on the goodness of God and His plan to redeem His beloved creation. The foundation of our Christian faith is based in the virgin birth of Christ. God the Father sent His Son to the Earth, free from the sinful nature of humanity, to provide a way for us to be in right standing with Christ. Christmas is the time we celebrate God stepping into His creation to live life beside us and become even more intricately woven with His people. His birth signifies God keeping His promise to crush the head of Satan and bring us back to eternal fellowship with Him in heaven.
Christmas is a magical time of year for many reasons, but let's not forget the real reason for all the celebration. Allow the Christmas story to align our hearts with Christ and move into a new year filled with the hope of the coming Savior.
Although shin splints are relatively common, doctors have not been able to determine their direct cause. Most people who suffer from shin splints experience pain between their knee and ankle. The pain is thought to be originating from the muscles attach to the shin. Athletes seem to have a higher likelihood of suffering from this condition, leading us to believe that high impact activities put stress on these muscles. Doctors have not identified a cure, but have been able to help patients relieve and prevent worse pain through stretches and exercises that strengthen the muscles.
Shin Splint Exercises
1. Calf Raises- By strengthening the calf, you will be able to take some of the pressure off of the shin alleviating some shin pain.
2. Kneeling Shin Stretch- This stretch aims to work the front of the anterior tibialis muscle to relieve shin pain.
3. Gastrocnemius Calf Stretch- Strengthens the back of the lower leg in order to remove the pressure.
4. Achilles Tendon Standing Stretch- This stretch helps the Achilles Tendon work more effectively therefore the shin is not overcompensating.
Shin Splint Prevention
Doctors think shin splints are an overuse injury that affects people who work too often, too fast, or too hard. Because of this, it is important to give your body an ample amount of rest and make sure your muscles are able to recover. There are a couple of recommendations experts believe help those who suffer.
1. Properly fitting footwear- Wearing shoes that support your feet and provide cushion can help soften the impact of high-intensity training.
2. Exercises- Doctors often suggest the strengthening exercises above to help take the pressure off the overused muscles attached to the shin.
Typically, recovery will take anywhere from 1-3 months. This is dependent on age, health, and condition of the person impaired. A patient should allow ample time to recover without causing more damage by continuing to exercise.
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