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Old 08-11-2010, 09:49 PM   #1
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Throbbing in lower legs after jump rope double unders

I have been practicing and doing double under workouts (annie) about 6 out of the last 10 days because I haven't had any access to weights or a pull up bar. I have some throbbing in my calves and shins afterwards, but the throbbing is slowing going away by the day. I have taken a couple rest days, but the throbbing generally comes back. Should I be worried much about this, or can I let it go because the pain is generally going away (or possibly becoming more bearable? idk) thanks for any information.
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:26 AM   #2
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Re: Throbbing in lower legs after jump rope double unders

Sounds like some chronic compartment syndrome possibly... especially if it's bilateral.

Use massage and help pull blood flow from that area up towards the heart.

Also, try to stretch out everything down there more.. Tight muscles and tight fascia is not a good combination.
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Old 08-12-2010, 04:06 PM   #3
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Re: Throbbing in lower legs after jump rope double unders

How exactly do I massage my lower legs? Also, what kind of stretching do you recommend?
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Old 08-12-2010, 05:35 PM   #4
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Re: Throbbing in lower legs after jump rope double unders

depends what compartment is being compressed... probably anterior or lateral in most cases

Put feet into inversion and/or plantar flexion to stretch

Regular massage is fine... deep tissue work. Exert pressure ont he tisuse and pull it up towards the heart... like I said. It's simple effleurage massage technique
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Old 08-12-2010, 06:02 PM   #5
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Re: Throbbing in lower legs after jump rope double unders

After googling chronic compartment syndrome, a lot of sites suggest that surgery may be the best fix. I don't think I am in that much pain! Should I seriously consider the need for surgery, or will stretching and massage be enough?

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Old 08-12-2010, 11:28 PM   #6
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Re: Throbbing in lower legs after jump rope double unders

SIGH.

This is why you shouldn't just randomly google stuff.

If it's not getting worse you probably don't need surgery. You would if it's acute and you'd start getting numbness and loss of feeling etc.

Even if it's chronic which yours is onyl happened recently you wouldn't need surgery if you do proper stuff to alleviate it and make it go away.

I'm not a hand holder man. If you want to get some professional advice go see a doc, but you'll likely get the good old "rest, ice, NSAIDs" from a doc.

It wouldn't be a bad idea to hit upt he fish oil, and fix up your diet either though in addition to the above. Ice if helps too.
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Re: Throbbing in lower legs after jump rope double unders

I appreciate all the advice Steven! Thanks!
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:49 AM   #8
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Re: Throbbing in lower legs after jump rope double unders

I have tried the massaging and stretching as recommended by Steven Low. It has helped tremendously! I have also been holding my legs perpendicular against a wall as to try to drain out an excess fluids. I did as described by Melissa Whittle on page 2 of this thread:

http://www.board.crossfit.com/showth...yndrome&page=2

So far, it has helped tremendously. I don't believe at least on my part that I will be needing surgery soon. This has helped a lot!
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Re: Throbbing in lower legs after jump rope double unders

Glad you're doing better..

I like that vertical massage technique actually... I'll recommend that to the next person with this
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Re: Throbbing in lower legs after jump rope double unders

I have found that using a foam roller on shins and calves and trying to isolate the pressure points has helped. From what I have found on the CF journal and this self myofascial release website

http://networkfitness.com/therapy/smr-videos/

you are supposed to roll your leg on the foam roller and find the place that hurts, and then roll right where it hurts for 20-30 seconds. I have done that, and it was very uncomfortable, but eventually the pain went away. I felt this was very effective in addition to the other techniques that Steven Low recommend me.
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