Our earlier blog post, Tight Calf Solutions, covered why flexible calves are critical to both performance and preventing lower leg, ankle, Achilles tendon, and foot injuries. An important part of that process is to introduce a regimen of tight calf stretches because the best way to treat tight calf pain is to keep it from happening in the first place.
Many times, an effective tight calf stretch can improve lower extremity strength, balance, and flexibility; and increased muscle flexibility reduces the risk of lower leg injuries caused by tight calf muscles. Below is a list of 3 ways to help you achieve a safe and effective tight calf stretch.
Use a ProStretch Plus
An effective way to allow improvement in lower extremity strength, balance and flexibility is to use the ProStretch® Plus. It is a unique enhancement tool that was originally designed for physical therapists and delivers a safe, effective solution for performing tight calf stretches. It has been proven to provide a deep stretch that increases flexibility along the entire inter-connective chain which helps deliver a lasting solution for tight calf muscles.
ProStretch Plus is perfect for the gradual, controlled stretch needed to increase the flexibility of tight calf muscles and prevent future injuries. With a proper ProStretch Plus flexibility program, muscles and tendons actually begin to lengthen. Learn how to best stretch and strengthen your lower leg and prevent tight calf symptoms using the ProStretch Plus by downloading the ProStretch Plus Stretching Guide here.
Watch here how to use the ProStretch Plus to reduce calf pain and achieve an ideal tight calf stretch.
Use a StretchRite
The StretchRite’s patented system features a non-elastic strap which makes it easy to perform each stretch properly and effectively. It is not only ideal for tight calf stretches; it also is good for stretching and conditioning every major muscle group in your body, including your arms, shoulders, torso, and legs.
The StretchRite makes it easy to individualize a stretching program and monitor progress because it features six ergonomically-shaped handgrips that offer a comfortable non-cinching hold and make it simple to adjust tension during the stretch. As flexibility improves, advance to the next handgrip position to increase the stretch. Click here to download the instruction manual and view instructional videos for the StretchRite.
In addition to using the ProStretch Plus and the StretchRite to help treat and prevent tight calf muscles, there are additional tight calf stretches that can be performed:
Downward Dog – Some yoga poses are ideal for performing tight calf stretches. Get down on all fours with hands spread flat on the floor under your shoulders. Walk your hands forward slightly on the floor and spread your fingers apart to allow for a broad base of support. Push your hips up toward the ceiling and tighten your abdominal muscles. Try to keep your heels on the ground and gently try and straighten your knees. This pose should be held for 15-30 seconds.
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