How to treat pain in the lower legs and shin splints
STEP 1: How to Locate the Anterior Tibialis Trigger Point #One
The Anterior Tibialis is a muscle in the lower leg and, as the name suggests, is present anterior to (or in front of) the tibia or shin bone. Feel for the shin bone over the lower leg. The muscle is present immediately in front of it. Feel for sensitive spots over the shin to find your trigger points.
STEP 2: How to Self-Release the Anterior Tibialis Trigger Point # One
You will need a ball to massage the Anterior Tibialis muscle. Sit down on the floor with the knee of the affected leg on the ground and the other knee up or down as is comfortable for you. Place the ball over the muscle after locating it (keeping in mind what we learned in the previous video). You may place your hands over the leg and press should you want more pressure. Hold for 30 seconds and release.
STEP 3: How to Stretch the Anterior TibialisTrigger Point # One
Use a low stool to stretch the Anterior Tibialis muscle. Sit down on the stool and bend the affected leg at the knee so your foot and toes point backwards, keeping the knee as comfortably close to the ground as possible. Try to have the front of the foot maintain contact with the ground. For a stronger stretch, you can remove the stool and try to do the same stretch without it. Hold for 30 seconds and release. Remember to stretch the other leg as well.