Foam Rolling Your Calves
To foam roll your calf start on one side first and slowly introduce your body weight by lifting the rest of your body off the ground with support from your hands and arms. Start at the bottom of your calf and rollin increments for no longer then 3 minutes a side towards the top of the back of the knee. The reason we roll from bottom to top is to encourage the circulation of old blood out and the new blood back in. This will improve circulation back to the soft tissue of that area and therefore increase flexibility, recovery periods and range of motion through those joints previously discussed.
As humans we spend most of days on our feet especially if we congregate in physical areas of living ie physical jobs, sport and various other areas not everybody’s stabilization platform are advanced to the point where our legs can take all our load and balance the way we need. Structurally most humans are unbalanced from left to right, right to left or even top to bottom and vice verca. If deficiencies such as stabilization restrictions exist the body will overcompensate and redirect its balance patterns through our legs and hips then onto our back.
To alleviate the risk of sustaining inflammation such as shin splints or even Patella Tendanopathy it’s important to maintain a constant calf-rolling regime for positive range of motion and functionality. Keeping the calf or anatomically Gastrocnemius soft and under little to no resistance will increase the flexion extension at your ankle joint, your knee joint and improve the alignment and activation positioning of your hips. It will also decrease the risk of feet conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis a condition where the Plantar Fascia a fibrous ligament that runs from the ankle bone to the toes receives any inflammation. Usually caused from structural deficiencies or little to no arch support.
The information provided is to be used as a guide only, advice should be sought from a registered health professional prior to rolling out injured areas.