Ayurvedic treatment for Shin splints

Shin splints

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Shin splints


Shin splints cause pain and affect the day to day movements. Especially for sportspersons, it makes training and activities difficult. It is managed with adequate rest and pain management. Rarely, a surgery may be needed for the tear in the tendon or muscle.1

Immediate care of the injury should be done by following the famous and simple R.I.C.E. approach. This R.I.C.E stands for Rest to the affected part, Ice application for pain, Compression and Elevation to stop swelling.

Management of tendon shin splints may be achieved by local Snehana (oleation) with oils processed with vata pacifying herbs and swedana (fomentation) like panda svedana to relieving pain.2

A healthy diet (ahar) and lifestyle (vihar) should be followed to stay injury free and to manage the condition effectively. These include:2

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid cramps or the vitiation of the vata dosha
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Use lepa (ointment) made of sheeta and madhur rasa herbs to heal the injury faster
  • Citrus fruits like lemon, oranges and tangerines are good source of Vitamin C and help in preventing sprains.

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Provide adequate rest to the affected part
  • Do gentle oil massage with mustard oil and turmeric
  • Provide warmth through swedana karma (Sudation)
  • Always warm up and stretch prior to initiating any exercises
  • Perform certain exercises or asana to strengthen muscles

Some helpful asanas are as follows -

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