• Rob

Injury Free Life: Calf Stretches

Hi, it’s Rob from New Leaf Physiotherapy in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Today Iam going to go over calf stretching and two different calf stretches. The reason I am going to give you two different calf stretches is because you a two different calf muscles! One calf muscles it starts above the knee attaches into the Achilles tendon, the gastrocnemius, and the other one starts below the knee and attaches into the Achilles tendon, the soleus. If you have tight calves either those muscles can be causing the tightness.

The first stretch I like to do is a kneeling stretch. You can use a yoga mat or a carpet to knee on. I’m going to stretch my right leg, first on the video, I am kneeling on my left. I’m bringing my right foot back as far as I can, making sure to keep the right heel on the ground. I put my bodyweight on the right leg. The stretch is felt in the right Achilles area and it is a subtle stretch. I’ll hold it 15 to 20 seconds and then I will switch and do it same on the left leg. This is stretching the deeper, shorter muscle called the soleus.

The next stretch stretch the longer muscle the gastrocnemius, or gastroc for short. I use is downward dog. Walk you hands out, bum up in the air and try keep the heels on the ground with the knees being straight. You are stretching both calves at the same time. Hold for 15 to 20 seconds.

That’s cash stretching thanks for watching.

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