Tight, sore calves can cause a lot of problems. Some of them aren’t as simple as just the calves themselves. A tight lower leg can cause problems from foot pain all the way to headaches! I’m here to help you out with two of my favorite self-massage techniques.
Self-Massage For A Tight Calf
Both of these techniques can be done anywhere and don’t require any equipment. You’re going to use either your knee or your shin to get the work done.
The first one is the simplest and generates the least amount of pressure. Start by laying down on your back with your knees bent. Now place one calf on top the knee of your other bent leg.
Press your calf against your knee to generate pressure. You can slide your calf up and down your knee or from side to side as you address tender spots. Spend a few minutes at a time working on these tender spots every day or a few times throughout the day to restore normal movement to your lower leg muscles.
The second technique lets you generate much more pressure. This one is done from the hand-knee position. Pick one leg up and turn your knee so it’s toward the outside.
Now place the shin of your raised leg across the back of the leg still on the ground. Shift your weight back over your shin so you’re now applying pressure to the bottom leg.
Just like the above technique, you can slide your shin up and down your leg or you can move your shin across your leg in a saw-like motion. This is my preferred massage method since it gets much deeper into the muscle.
Happy massaging. Releasing your calves can have a massive effect on whole body posture and relaxation. Hope this helps!