Please keep in mind that before treating any condition, including Shin Splints, as TMS or PPD, it is vitally important to consult with your physician in order to rule out any serious medical conditions. To learn more about TMS and PPD, and to help you figure out if you have it, visit our An Introduction to TMS page and watch the video there. Some more guidance in figuring out if this approach is right for you can be found in the video at the top of our So You Think You Might Have TMS page.
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Shin Splints and TMS Success Stories
Sandy - I have suffered with shin splints for 18 years. I love to walk but every time resulted in shin splint pain. I did lots of research on the internet. I did all the exercises recommended. I did toe lifts, walking on my heels, walking on my toes, used a foam roller to roll my shins on, shorten my stride and lots of warm up exercises. I started walking in the grass because it was a softer surface or asphalt. I worked up to several miles each day. Then out of the blue my shins started hurting. I had not done anything different to cause the pain to start. I could not understand why this was happening. Sometimes it was really bad then I would stop walking for a few days. I would walk again, be fine then it would start again. I thought "this is really weird" how it comes and goes for no apparent reason.
I started reading Dr. John Sarno's book The Divided Mind. I felt like a window had opened in my mind. I did have a hard time thinking I was a perfectionist but a close friend said "well, whenever you decide to do anything you do 110%" Yes, I do so I am a perfectionists. Of course, who wants to be controlling that is such a negative trait. But the word got planted in my mind. Then I could see the things that I would do to have control. I am also my most severest critic. Also many other personality traits I had.
It took me awhile to realize the shin splint pain plus other pain was coming for the emotional pain I suffered as a child. So I told that shin splint pain to STOP, GO AWAY... amazingly it did. It still comes back periodically but I keep on walking knowing it is an alarm going off telling me I need to take care of some emotional issues. I journal daily to understand what is going on in my mind. Today I walk 4-5 miles each day. Nothing is stopping me now. Sandy
Shin Splints referenced in TMS Books
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