Shin splints are a form of inflammation and they come when you are probably running or doing some kind of physical activity too aggressively. So really, truly, the best thing for shin splints is rest. Ice is also another good way to get some relief from shin splints. And usually it is this area of the shin that is going to be bothering you the most. If you do want to try some massage techniques that can really help as well. Get expert tips and advice on massage and other treatments in this how-to video.
Massage in one long, firm stroke
Press down on the muscle
Use thumb to apply pressure
Ask person if they are comfortable
About this Author
Malu works for Retreat Massage Therapy as a massage therapist. She is well versed in techniques that are particularly helpful for athletes.