Calf Board Stretching Exercise

Calf cramps are like a red, warning light on the dashboard in your car that those muscles need stretching to alleviate the constant muscle contraction. These cramps often occur in the gastrocnemius , which is the large calf muscle below the back of the knee to your heel tendon. Using a calf board for stretching can provide immediate relief for those aching calves. Most calf boards allow you to adjust the angle to suit your flexibility. The angle often ranges between 30 to 45 degrees.

Step 1

Place a calf board on the floor about 6 to 8 inches from a wall. Put your right foot on the board, and put your left foot on the floor with your toes a few inches in front of the board.

Step 2

Put your hands against the wall and shift your weight slightly onto your left foot while keeping your right foot planted on the board. You should feel a stretch mostly in the upper calves.

Step 3

Hold the stretch for five to six deep breaths. Do not bounce or hunch your back as you hold the position. Switch leg positions and stretch the opposite calf.

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