Sports medicine treats the body as a kinetic chain. Meaning, joints are interrelated and have an effect on one another during movement. When one is in motion, it creates a chain of events that affects the movement of neighboring joints and segments (Healthline).
Dysfunction (tightness) in calf muscles can cause a ripple effect of knee, hip and low back pain. How to stretch:
- Use a box, step or wall to elevate your toe.
- The heel should stay in contact with the floor.
- You should feel a gentle pull up the back of the lower leg (calf).
- Hold the stretch 15-30 seconds.
- You may want to repeat the stretch 2-3 times.
This stretch can be done multiple times per day. Use it for the month of February, especially if you have knee, hip or lower back pain.