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The Best Calf Stretch!

Let’s stretch those calves! Calf muscles are notoriously tight on a lot of people. Tight calves can lead to foot and ankle problems such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, as well as knee issues.

The calf muscle is made up of 3 parts:

1. Soleus Muscle - Runs deep down the center

2. Gastrocnemius Medial Head - Runs superficial on the inside of the calf

3. Gastrocnemius Lateral Head - Runs superficial on the outside of the calf.

Most people tend to stretch the center of the calf, while neglecting the muscles along the sides. So let's learn a stretch that hits all 3 parts! Here’s how to perform it:

1. Prop one foot up against the wall and place both of your hands in front of you on the wall

2. Leading your hips, lean forward almost as if you are going to touch your nose to the wall. Hold for 1 second then return to the starting position.

3. Leading with your hips again, lean forward towards your right hand. Hold for 1 second then return to the starting position.

4. Leading with your hips again, lean forward towards your left hand. Hold for 1 second then return to the starting position.

5. Repeat 10x in each direction

6. Switch feet and repeat the whole exercise!


For more great exercises, treatment, or performance care, give us a call today at (615)-900-5187. We would love to help you get back to a pain-free life!




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