Calf - Range of Motion & Stretching
Why Is Calf Flexibility Important?
In every day life, the flexibility of your calf determines your gait – that is how you move. A shortened gait is not only inefficient but can lead to bunions and stress on your foot ligaments. For dancers, tight calf muscles mean you have difficulty bending and keeping your heels on the floor. This limits your range of motion on level changes and can cause tiring.
The calf is made up of two muscles:
How Flexible Should You Be?
How Can You Improve Flexibility?
Lack of flexibility can be due to muscle tightness, bone alignment, or white tissue. Only the first will respond to stretching.
References:Dalgleish, Michael, lectures and workshops 1997-2003
Stark, Dr Steven D, The Stark Reality of Stretching, 4th ed (rev),The Stark Reality Corp, 1999 (1997)
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