There’s nothing fun about having to deal with a problem calf muscle. If you experience pain in this area you may have to shut down your workout routine entirely – and nobody wants that to happen. Proper stretching techniques are key to not only reducing calf pain but potentially eliminating it altogether.
The calf is comprised of three main muscles: the medial, lateral gastrocnemius (or gastric) and soleus muscles. While calf pain is typically caused by an injury to one or more of these muscles, circulation problems, bone fractures or breaks, and medical conditions can also cause the problem.
There are several different types of symptoms associated with calf issues. Understanding why you’re having a problem in the first place can go a long way toward reducing calf pain. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Torn or inflamed muscles or tendons
- Stiffness or tenderness
- Difficulty walking
- Pain in the back portion of your lower leg
- Muscle cramps
- Persistent pain – even while you rest
While you should obviously see a doctor if your pain worsens, there are some things you can do that can help you find relief. These include:
- Applying ice to decrease inflammation
- Using a compression sleeve to provide warmth and reinforcement to aid healing and improve circulation
- Using a massage therapy tool to also warm muscles and increase blood flow
- Stretching more effectively.
Medi-Dyne offers a wide range of products that can help promote long-term healing for athletes of all levels who have suffered various types of injuries. In regard to reducing calf pain, our ProStretch Plus™ is particularly effective at both stretching and strengthening the area. If you would like more information or you would like to try this or any of our other products, visit our e-store or call us at 1-800-810-1740.
Here is a video that shows how proper use of the ProStretch Plus™ can go a long way toward reducing calf pain.