Important structures in this region include: 1) Gastrocnemius, 2) Soleus, 3) Posterior Tibialis, and 4) Achilles Tendon.
In this section you will find our available treatment plans as well as the different self treatment techniques on this site.
Injury Treatment Plans for this area:
(* note. each treatment plan includes a free downloadable PDF. Here’s a post on how to use them.)
These are part of our “Injury of the Week” blog series. Each post will talk about what the injury is and how it can happen. It will then take you through all five steps of the ATA self treatment system.
Chronically tight calves: self evaluation and treatment. This is a four part in depth blog series.
Individual Parts of Self Treatment System:
Part 1. Self Muscle Massage
- Blog post with anatomy review, video and picture demonstration of self muscle release techniques for the calf using a foam roller and tennis ball. Click here.
- Ankle mobilization techniques. Click here.
- Blog post on gastroc/soleus/achilles mobilizations using a tennis ball. Click here.
- Blog post on posterior tib mobilization using a tennis ball. Click here.
Part 3. Stretching
- Calf blog post with video for beginner, intermediate and advanced stretches. Click here.
- Five favorite stretches for runners. Click here.
Part 4. Kinesiology Taping
- taping application for pain and swelling in the calf.. Click here.
- taping application to decrease muscle activity and allow for recovery for the gastroc/soleus + achilles tendon. Click here.
- taping application to decrease muscle activity and allow for recovery of the posterior tibias. Click here.
- taping application for medial tibial stress syndrome. Click here.
- taping application to decrease pain and swelling following an ankle sprain. Click here.
Part 5. Strengthening
Right now our strength advice is specific to our “injury of the week” blog series (see top of this page for injuries affecting this area). However, all of our strenghtening videos can be found on our youtube channel (link at top of website).