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A muscle cramp is a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts from a few seconds to several minutes. It often occurs in the legs.

Shin splints result when muscles, tendons, and bone tissue become overworked. Shin splints often occur in athletes who've recently intensified or changed their training routines. They often plague beginning runners who do not build their mileage gradually enough or seasoned runners who abruptly change their workout regimen, suddenly adding too much mileage, for example, or switching from running on flat surfaces to hills.


Muscle cramp.

It can strike in your sleep or in the middle of the day. This sudden, tight, intense lower leg pain is sometimes called a "charley horse." When it takes a grip, it can get worse quickly. It happens when your muscles are tired or dehydrated. Drink more water if you're prone to leg cramps.

It might help to gently stretch or massage the area where your muscle has tensed up. Stretch your legs properly before you exercise, too.

Muscle Cramps Treatment

Compression – the use of a compression sock or sleeve during exercise can help decrease the risk of cramping. Compression reduces extraneous movement of the calf muscles, which decreases the total effort of the muscle and helps to prevent fatigue. It also helps to increase blood flow to the area which keeps the muscle in a rich supply of oxygen. Learn about

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Massage – gentle massage at the onset of the cramp may help to increase blood flow to the area and break up the spasm. Once the cramp has subsided, the muscle may remain tight and should be massaged to help realign muscle tissue and restore normal function.

Shin Splint Pain - Kinetic Calf Compression Sleeve

Shin splints.

You can feel this pain right up the front of your calf. The muscles and flesh along the edge of the shin bone become inflamed, so it hurts to walk, run, or jump. Doing activity over and over on hard surfaces can bring this on. You may also be more likely to get shin splints if you have flat feet or your feet turn outward.

Rest your legs to feel better. Ice helps. So can anti-inflammatory meds such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen, if your doctor says these are safe for you. You can buy them over the counter.

You might want to see your doctor if the pain stays. Try not to do anything that makes your leg hurt more. Once it feels a little better, do some stretches. The next time out, wear comfortable, supportive shoes. And don't run on hard surfaces if possible.

Shin Splints Treatment

Compression socks and sleeves provide graduated compression, meaning the compression is higher (tighter) at the foot and ankle and lower (looser) as it moves up the calf and lower leg. This type of compression helps to fight the effects of gravity and assist the body in venous return (deoxygenated blood flowing back up to the heart).

Compression will also help to stabilise the muscle and decrease the amount of muscular vibration, resulting in decreased fatigue.

To sum up the benefits of compression; enhanced performance through increased blood flow, quicker recovery and decreased muscle soreness, and less fatigue. All good things!

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Other tips that will help:

- Rest your body.

- Ice your shin.

- Use orthotics for your shoes.


Blood flow activation resulting from using KINETICs compression in recovery will increase oxygen supply, eliminating toxins faster and prevent swelling. Consequently, secondary muscle damage, inflammation, and muscle soreness are reduced and subsequent performances during competition are improved.

Compression Sleeves are not just for athletes. KINETIC garments are especially helpful for post-workout recovery, retail, hospitality, flying, travel, pregnant women, nursing, and those who sit or stand for much of the day.

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