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Stretches for the Calves

By Teresa Wan
Physiotherapist at Life Ready Physio + Pilates Point Cook

We all know the feeling of tired and achey legs after being on our feet all day. Whether it’s a busy work day or a hiking adventure that has you longing to kick your feet up, keep reading to find the best calf stretches to bring you relief!

Importantly, are two main muscles in your calf – the gastrocnemius and the soleus. The gastrocnemius runs behind the knee and ankle, whereas the soleus runs only behind the ankle. This means the position of your knee will determine which muscle gets more bang for its buck while you stretch.

Gastrocnemius Stretch

Sit on the floor with one leg stretched out in front of you. Wrap a towel or scarf around your toes, holding one end in each hand. Pull your toes towards you while keeping your knee as straight as possible.

Soleus Stretch

Stand facing a wall and lean your hands against it for support. Place your foot 5cm away from the wall and bend your knee so that it touches the wall. Keep your heel firmly on the ground. If this is easy, move your foot backwards until you feel a stretch in the calf and ankle.

Hold each stretch for 15 seconds and repeat up to 5 times. Viola – your calves will be relaxed and thanking you for the relief!

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