Get Back on Track (or Trail) With Acupuncture in Anoka!

What are Shin Splints?

Shin Splints are small muscle tears at the shin bone attachment, causing pain in front of the lower legs.

Signs and Symptoms of Shin Splints:

  • Shin Pain
  • Usually affects Both Legs
  • Better with Rest, Ice and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Pain on one or both sides of the shin bone. Pain is usually bilateral (in both legs). Pain gets better with resting, icing and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. If these do not temporarily help, it may be time to call a doctor.

Other runners injuries include Runner’s Knee and ITB  Syndrome.

Causes of Shin Splints:

  • Overuse/ Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Running Too Much 
  • Running before Shin Muscles Heal

Shin Splints is usually caused by increasing one’s running distance too quickly. It is considered an Overuse Injury or Repetitive Stress Injury for this reason. Often times  gung-ho, newby runners get caught up in the excitement and euphoria of all of those endorphins flooding the system and think they can run as much as they want! I admit, this was me when I went from NO running to 8 miles and I paid dearly in pain and suffering for it as a teenager on the track team. I also developed Runner’s Knee and had to find the proper shoes for my individual running gait. Perhaps a future post is needed on this?

How to Help Runner’s Knee?

Unfortunately then I did not know about how acupuncture could quicken my recovery time. The athletic PT at the time recommended over-the-counter anti-inflammatory/ pain reducers every four hours for a twenty-four hour period along with icing my shins prior to a big race. Of course, once I got on the track and started running, the endorphins kicked in and would override any pain signals my body was trying to send.

This caused further damage and prolonged the healing time considerably. How do you think I felt once the pain meds wore off? OUCH! Not to mention, any runner can atest to the pain of not being able to run! This can be down-right depressing to a runner. Like no oxygen.



  • Stretch!
  • Pain Means Stop Running
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Increase Running <10% Each Week
  • Take a Day off From Running Each Week
  • Add Cross Training to Balance Strength in all Muscle Groups

Avoid overuse running injury by never increasing your running mileage by more than 10% each week. Including Cross Training every week can help avoid over-stressing and thereby weakening the same muscles (and eventually tendons) over and over and focusing on other muscle groups than what your body is used to allows some groups a recovery time to rest. Remember, if staying on the trail is your goal, balancing your body is key. Nobody wants to be stuck icing and resting on the perfect day!


Thanks for Reading!

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating Pain such as Migraine headaches and Back Pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and low libido.

 Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.


Aleesha treats Chronic Pain and Women’s Health successfully by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Feel Better, Move Forward

Anoka Acupuncture with Aleesha D Ackerman

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 207 East Main Street close to Andover, MN.


This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

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