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Mel Collie | Why your calf muscles are tight & what to do about it

Why your calf muscles are tight & what to do about it

Bit of a long title, but does what it says on the tin..tight calf muscles, stretch them and they are just like your tight hamstrings, they always come back, why is that, could it be they are tight for a reason, tight because something else isn’t allowing them to “let go”?

This could possibly be inhibited glutes, which means your glutes may not be doing their job, but your calves are instead.

Get the bum working and the calves can release.

How you can do that?

Find a tender area on your calf and give is a massage with your fingers or with a tennis ball or foam roller.

Calf Muscles

About 30 – 60 seconds is just fine

Then strengthen the glutes by doing 5 reps of a glute bridge. Don’t hold your breath or clench the jaw.

glutebridge

Repeat twice a day

Your glutes will love you..

 

Mel

www.melcollie.com

Mel Collie | Plantar Fascitis?

Look at it another way – when you have Plantar Fasciitis, you probably are rolling a ball under your foot, stretching it out, trying to get some relief, and thats what I used to tell people to do too…and thats ok, because it just might work for you.

Now though…look at it this way..Plantar Fasciitis is a symptom..do you know why its like that, what the cause is?

Would you rather treat the cause and have it go away rather than just treat the symptom?

 

Your body has a line of connective tissue called Fascia, in this picture its in blue, its not like that in real life though 🙂

Plantar Fascia, Calves, Glutes
Plantar Fascia, Calves, Glutes

Your plantar fascia also connects to the calves and glutes too..wow! your body is so amazing!

So thats why I look to the calves and the glutes..

Heres what I did to a client who volunteered for me to have a look at their Plantar Fasciitis issue

I tested the strength of their calf muscles

Then I tested their gluteal muscle

Turns out the calf was tender in some areas, I released that, got the glutes functioning again to release the pain under the foot.

Of course they have home exercises to do everyday, and come back and see me to retest everything within 7 – 14 days, as I don’t want any of my clients wandering around with pain thats been unresolved

That makes me feel like I’ve not done my job properly

I don’t like that

I am hoping that you wouldn’t like me to be that unprofessional either!

Mel

www.melcollie.com