Tight calf muscles aren't just uncomfortable in and of themselves; having tight calves can affect the health of your feet, knees, hips, lower back and even your shoulders. This is because tightness in the calves often exacerbates tightness in the hamstrings, which in turn can throw your whole pelvis and back out of alignment! Lower leg stretches are best used to prevent muscle imbalances and their associated problems. There is no easier way to accomplish this than with the FLEX-N-GO Board
Strong and tight calves can be a danger for athletes, negatively affecting their stride and contributing to potentially devastating ruptures of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. Used daily, the FLEX-N-GO Board can greatly reduce any unnecessary tightness, stretching the calves, lengthening the Achilles tendon, and stretching the plantar fascia.
Because the calf muscles are so potentially powerful, it takes a frequent, persistent stretching program to improve overall calf flexibility. Since the calf is getting worked every day as you walk, run, and climb stairs, stretching it briefly once or twice a week is not enough to make a significant change. In fact, it is recommended that if you really want to open up new territory in flexibility, you should stretch your calves every day. Place the FLEX-N-GO Board in an area that is accessible throughout the day, and you will find yourself stepping onto it frequently. It is especially helpful to give the muscles a good long stretch before and after an especially vigorous workout.
Tight calves can also be a leading cause in plantar fasciitis which is extremely painful.
Always check with your doctor or physical therapist before starting any new therapy or exercise program.
Nocturnal leg cramps can lead to a rude awakening! You're suddenly sleepless and in pain in the middle of the night. Symptoms of nocturnal leg cramps include excruciating contractions of the calf muscles, and sometimes of the foot muscles as well.
Nocturnal leg cramps are true cramps and not spasms. The muscle remains in a cramped and contracted position, which accounts for the intensity of the pain. If you touch the affected calf, you may be surprised to discover that your muscles feel very hard, almost like concrete, a measure of the power of the cramp.
Studies have shown increased electrical activity in the affected muscles, but doctors still don't know what causes nocturnal leg cramps. In some cases, it may be a fluid imbalance or a vitamin deficiency.
Treatment for leg cramps is straightforward and easy to follow. Avoid tight bed covers, which can lead to pointing of the toes and subsequent cramps. Stretch your calf muscles for about two to four minutes nightly, with the easy-to-use, FLEX-N-GO Board before getting into bed. Always check with your doctor or physical therapist before starting any new therapy or exercise program.