CALF FLEX

Overview

 

Calf Flex is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the calf muscles that control the movements of the foot.  The calf flex exercise uses the stopper on one side and enables treatment to be performed unilaterally (one-sided).  This will assist if you are trying to target the muscles from just one side, as when you are just trying to treat the peroneals or tibialis posterior.  Additionally, the stopper can be placed on the front of the shin to allow easy targeting of the gastrocnemius or soleus muscles.

By reducing the tension in the calf muscle groups, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with a variety of calf, shin and foot pains.  These include shin splints, Achilles tendinopathy, compartment syndrome, plantar fasciitis, cramping, strains, calf weakness and general pain & tightness.  

Set the Beartrap up with the stopper on one side and either, a combination of the cone and/or balls, a single ball or a single cone on the other side.  Calf Flex can be performed seated or standing with the foot placed upon a box. 

    1. In standing with the foot placed upon a box, place the Beartrap hoop in front of the calf so that the Beartrap handles are pointed back toward the body. 
    2. If seated, place the hoop of the Beartrap behind the calf so that the Beartrap arms and handles are pointing outwards.  Place each hand on the handles, squeeze handles together. This technique allows you to be seated.
    3. Using the hands-free locking mechanism, the combination setup of the ball and cone (stable set-up) can be locked on and left in position to perform treatment without effort.
    4. The calf Flex can also be performed with just the balls for a more intense treatment and for an even more focused treatment the cones can be used.

Overview

 

Calf Flex is designed to reduce the muscle tension in the calf muscles that control the movements of the foot.  The calf flex exercise uses the stopper on one side and enables treatment to be performed unilaterally (one-sided).  This will assist if you are trying to target the muscles from just one side, as when you are just trying to treat the peroneals or tibialis posterior.  Additionally, the stopper can be placed on the front of the shin to allow easy targeting of the gastrocnemius or soleus muscles.

By reducing the tension in the calf muscle groups, you will be able to treat and improve the symptoms that are exhibited with a variety of calf, shin and foot pains.  These include shin splints, Achilles tendinopathy, compartment syndrome, plantar fasciitis, cramping, strains, calf weakness and general pain & tightness.  

Set the Beartrap up with the stopper on one side and either, a combination of the cone and/or balls, a single ball or a single cone on the other side.  Calf Flex can be performed seated or standing with the foot placed upon a box. 

    1. In standing with the foot placed upon a box, place the Beartrap hoop in front of the calf so that the Beartrap handles are pointed back toward the body. 
    2. If seated, place the hoop of the Beartrap behind the calf so that the Beartrap arms and handles are pointing outwards.  Place each hand on the handles, squeeze handles together. This technique allows you to be seated.
    3. Using the hands-free locking mechanism, the combination setup of the ball and cone (stable set-up) can be locked on and left in position to perform treatment without effort.
    4. The calf Flex can also be performed with just the balls for a more intense treatment and for an even more focused treatment the cones can be used.

Treatment Techniques

 

Positions

– Dorsi flexed: Toes pointing upward.

– Plantar flexed: Toes pointing downward

Lock-on

-The lock-on is best performed with a ball and cone set-up to increase stability when hands are removed from handles.

Dorsiflexed

– Perform the movements with your toes pointed.  This will put the tibialis anterior muscle on stretch and will create a more intense treatment through this area. 

Plantarflexed

– Perform the movements with your toes pointed downward. This will put the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles on stretch and will create a more intense treatment on the extensor side.

Extend and flex the foot

– Perform the movements while continuing to extend and flex the foot.  This creates contraction and relaxation effects on the muscle during treatment.  This creates intermittent and varied treatment along the length of the muscles.  

Anatomy

 

Gastrocnemius

This muscle is located at the back of the calf and acts to point the foot downwards plantarflex.  The two heads of the gastrocnemius muscle originate from slightly above the knee joint and converge to form the Achilles tendon which attaches to your heel bone (calcaneus).  

Soleus

The muscle located at the back of the calf that also acts to point the foot downwards (plantarflex).  The soleus muscle originates from the back lower part of the calf and also forms into the Achilles tendon.

Tibialis Anterior

The muscle located at the front of the calf that acts to lift the foot upwards (dorsiflex).  It originates on the upper outer aspect of the tibia (shin bone) and inserts onto the metatarsals of the foot.

Peroneals

The muscles located on the outside of the calf that act to turn the foot outwards (eversion). They originate at the head of the tibia and insert at the side and underneath the foot. These muscles include peroneus longus, peroneus brevis and peroneus tertius.

Recommended Exercise Program

 

Self-treatment of the muscular system creates micro-damage and micro-tears within the muscle.  This is completely normal and helps the muscle relax, improve blood flow and overall function. Working out in the gym or performing exercise also creates these micro tears and damage to the body in the hope that the body will respond positively by getting stronger, greater endurance, increase power (speed + strength) which are all dependent on what type of stimulus you provide. The side effect of creating micro-tearing and micro-damage is that it can create post-treatment soreness (pain the following or following days).

Start off with a modest amount of treatment and see how the body responds.  Build up as the body allows.

If the pain on the post-treatment soreness is significant, give the muscle another day or two to recover before continuing further treatment.  However, if the following day, the muscle feels much better and only mild amounts of post-treatment soreness exist, then increase the timeframe or pressure of treatment.

Biofeedback

Muscular biofeedback is the body’s amazing ability to provide instantaneous feedback to the brain about which muscles are tight and where the treatment needs to be focused.  As massage creates micro-tears and micro-damage, the sensation is experienced as pain. The tighter the muscle, the more tearing or damage occurs and the pain sensation feels greater in this area.  Conversely, if the muscle is not as tight, there is less pain experienced when treating the muscle. Biofeedback is a great way to determine which muscles are tight and what areas need more work.

Recommended Exercise Program

 

Self-treatment of the muscular system creates micro-damage and micro-tears within the muscle.  This is completely normal and helps the muscle relax, improve blood flow and overall function. Working out in the gym or performing exercise also creates these micro tears and damage to the body in the hope that the body will respond positively by getting stronger, greater endurance, increase power (speed + strength) which are all dependent on what type of stimulus you provide. The side effect of creating micro-tearing and micro-damage is that it can create post-treatment soreness (pain the following or following days).

Start off with a modest amount of treatment and see how the body responds.  Build up as the body allows.

If the pain on the post-treatment soreness is significant, give the muscle another day or two to recover before continuing further treatment.  However, if the following day, the muscle feels much better and only mild amounts of post-treatment soreness exist, then increase the timeframe or pressure of treatment.

Biofeedback

Muscular biofeedback is the body’s amazing ability to provide instantaneous feedback to the brain about which muscles are tight and where the treatment needs to be focused.  As massage creates micro-tears and micro-damage, the sensation is experienced as pain. The tighter the muscle, the more tearing or damage occurs and the pain sensation feels greater in this area.  Conversely, if the muscle is not as tight, there is less pain experienced when treating the muscle. Biofeedback is a great way to determine which muscles are tight and what areas need more work.

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