Yesterday I teased about my new running toy. I am excited to incorporate it into my regular stretching/foam rolling routine.
I bought a Calf Stretcher!
- It’s used to prevent AND treat plantar faciitis (inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot).
- It stretches the lower leg and foot.
- It stretches the hamstrings and Achilles Tendon.
- It can also treat lower back pain.
- It can treat and prevent: ankle sprains, cramping calves, and hamstring pulls.
- It improves lower extremity strength, balance, flexibility and stability.
- Football players
- Recreational athletes
- Professional athletes
The brochure also comes with a ton of exercises to stretch the various parts of your leg. I’m looking forward to reading them and trying them all. I hope to see an improvement in my legs. Here are the names of some exercise:
- Gastrocnemius or “Gastroc” Stretch: stretches the upper, bulky part of the calf that attaches to the knee.
- Soleus and Achilles Tendon Stretch: stretches the smaller of the two calf muscles which connects underneath the “gastroc” and attaches to the Achilles Tendon.
- Hamstring Stretch
- Plantar Fascia Stretch: stretches the connective tissue along the bottom of the foot.
- Anterior Tibialis Stretch: stretches the muscle found on the front of the lower leg.
Why don’t you stretch? I don’t do it nearly enough as I should because it’s slow. After a run, I’m amped up and it’s hard to sit still long enough to stretch. I’ve been doing much better lately!
Stretching increases the length of muscles and tendons–which improves flexibility and range of movement. This means limbs and joints can move farther which improves your performance. And reduces your risk of injuries!
Other benefits of stretching include:
- Reduced muscle soreness after workouts
- Improved posture
- Reduction of lower back pain
- Increase blood and nutrient flow to tissues throughout the body
- Improved coordination
QUESTION: Do you use a Calf Stretcher? How does it make you feel and has it improved your flexibility?