You may think that yoga is reserved for those who can easily touch their toes or twist their body into all sorts of pretzel-type shapes. The truth is that yoga is a great exercise for all ages and walks of life, as it can reduce stress, increase flexibility, improve circulation and spinal health, and eliminate toxins from your body. If you have been dealing with pain in the front of your lower legs from running or another activity you have been involved in, yoga for shin splints may ease your discomfort.
First, it is important if you have been getting shin splints to evaluate your shoe style to see if lack of support may be part of the problem. A worn out or ill-fitting pair of shoes could be to blame. Also, you may want to switch to exercising on a softer surface if you have been pounding hard pavement day after day. After these two areas are explored, there are some key yoga exercises that can help.
Start by standing with feet hip-width apart and lift your left foot back up to rest in your left hand. Keep your leg in line with your hip. Put your right arm out in front for balance and lean forward while you push your left foot into your hand. Repeat with standing on the opposite leg. Second, while standing lift your right leg up and over your left leg so your right knee is resting just above your left and then hook your toes around the your left calf. Slightly bend your left knee to feel a gentle stretch and repeat on the other side. Lastly, while standing reach down and touch your finger tips to the floor, keeping one leg straight and allowing the other to gently swing out behind you. Try leaning forward to deepen the stretch as your back leg is lifted higher. Repeat on your other leg.
We can help you if these exercises don’t work and you are still dealing with nagging shin splints. We offer many conservative treatment options, and if you have additional foot pain, our laser treatment is extremely effective in resolving discomfort. Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM today at (760) 568-0108 to make an appointment at our office in Palm Desert, CA.
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