Shin splints occur if there is too great a tension in the
connective tissue around the muscles on the front of the shin.
If these muscles are exercised, as in prolonged running or
climbing stairs, especially in poor or heavy footwear, the
muscle bulk increases and stretches the already tight connective
tissue. This causes pain which may be constant or only during
and immediately after exercise depending on the severity of
Manipulation reduces the tension in the connective tissue
and allows it to be more elastic and forgiving.