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Important structures in this region include: 1) Gastrocnemius, 2) Soleus, 3) Posterior Tibialis, and 4) Achilles Tendon.

How To Use This Site:

Below are the 5 parts of the self treatment system including self muscle massage, mobilization techniques, stretching, kinesiology taping and strengthening. Before you get to those, here are some posts to help you put all of the pieces together.

Part One - how to determine which massage, mobilization and stretching techniques you should use.

  1. Muscle Sprains/Strains
  2. Tendon Injuries (specific guidance for tendon injuries in the lower body here)
  3. Muscle Spasms, Knots, Trigger Points
  4. Overuse Injuries (specific guidance for overuse injuries in the lower body here including normal range of motion + muscle pairs)

Part Two- adding kinesiology taping into your self treatment. Advice for each of the four injury types listed above.

Self Treatment System

Part 1. Self Muscle Massage

1) 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.

Part 2.Mobilizations

1) Ankle mobilization techniques. Click here.

2) Blog post on gastroc/soleus/achilles mobilizations using a tennis ball. Click here.

3) Blog post on posterior tib mobilization using a tennis ball. Click here.

Part 3. Stretching

1) Calf blog post with video for beginner, intermediate and advanced stretches. Click here.

2) Five favorite stretches for runners. Click here.

Part 4. Kinesiology Taping

1) taping application for pain and swelling in the calf.. Click here.

2) taping application to decrease muscle activity and allow for recovery for the gastroc/soleus + achilles tendon. Click here.

3) taping application to decrease muscle activity and allow for recovery of the posterior tibialis. Click here.

4) taping application for medial tibial stress syndrome. click here.

5) taping application to decrease pain and swelling following an ankle sprain. click here.

Part 5. Strengthening (coming soon)

Specific Injuries

No material available for this region. Yet. :)