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Stretching

How can I stretch my calves?

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  • AEdward Phillips, Physical Therapy, answered
    Here's how to do a standing lower calf stretch:

    Reps: 3-4
    Sets: 1
    Intensity: Light
    Hold: 10-30 seconds
    Rest: No rest needed

    Starting position: Stand up straight in front of a wall with your arms extended at shoulder height.

    Movement: Place your hands on the wall. Extend your right leg straight back and press the heel toward the floor. Let your left leg bend as you do so. Hold. Return to the starting position, then repeat with your left leg. Continue alternating feet until you finish all reps.

    Tips and techniques:
    • Stretch to the point of mild tension, not pain.
    • Hold a full-body lean from the ankle as you stretch.
    • Maintain neutral posture with your shoulders down and back.
    Too hard? Hold the back of a chair and do not press as far into the stretch.

    Too easy? Try to move the heel farther back without lifting your heel off the floor. This increases the stretch.
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