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A persistent case of shin splints, notably tibial periostitis according to my Physio since April, there were worries of a stress fracture and since April I've been pretty inactive to be honest- it took till September just to find out exactly what the problem was and there was no stress fracture in my tibia after all (MRI's and X-rays, I had them all). Anyway, my pain has never been severe but enough for me to know not to run on them. I'm going to be able to start gentle running again next week and building up gradually. I've got issues with my hips and therefore my stride is pretty bad, but I'll be getting orthotics in the next few weeks to sort this. I'm 17 and 6ft 3 and despite doing all the sport I do, (back in March I was a 37 min 10k runner), my calves are weak and very skinny so my Physio has given me strengthening exercises to bulk them up which I've been doing for 3 weeks now. But she also says that I've got extremely tight calves, probably due to me growing, and that's what's actually causing them to pull on the bone and cause the pain all along. I remember when I had a calf massage in the Summer it did help the pain ease. The only thing that stopped me having more was money and conflicting advice. However, now I know that I need to loosen my calves to be able to stop the pain and train again, I want to follow the advice and try and get a deep tissue calf massage at least every week.
My mum however has spoken to 'lots of people' who've told her that the only way to cure shin splints is rest.... (none of which are runners). She's kicking off at me spending £30 for an hour's calf massage saying it's pointless and that I just need to rest. Sadly she won't allow me to pay for anymore and nor will she listen to my explanation that unless I loosen my calves I'm never going to stop the pain- I hope I'm right in thinking that rest will ease the symptoms but won't solve the problem!
Can you guys back me up here and confirm that deep tissue massages really are beneficial? Maybe I could show her the response and prove that I need the massages (although they don't half hurt!)