A calf stretcher is a device that is used to get a deep controlled stretch on the calf muscle. Pretty straightforward really. But why would you need one?
After completing an exercise program or participating in sporting activity, people commonly use static stretching to relieve tension in the calf muscle, increase blood flow, and reduce post activity delayed onset muscle soreness. This is particularly useful for runners.
A common problem associated with static stretching is hyper-extension of the knee, whilst trying to push the leg back into a deeper stretch or lifting of the back foot due to a lack of flexibility in the Achilles tendon. As flexibility increases it is also quite difficult for some people to get a deep enough stretch in the calf.
So how can a calf stretcher help? These unique devices work by placing the foot or feet on an angled, curved bottom platform and gently moving the foot back and forth in a smooth and controlled manner.
This controlled motion is smooth and safe and enables the user to gently increase the load placed on the calf. Reducing the risk of injury.
With just a few minutes a day a calf stretcher can be used by athletes to strengthen and improve flexibility of the lower limbs, or a rehabilitation tool to relieve painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.
Calf stretchers are commonly used by sports professionals for post injury rehabilitation and sports individuals looking for a simple easy way to get a deep controlled calf stretch.
They can be specifically useful for physiotherapists working with clients.
If you are looking for a good quality calf stretching product there are a few choices on the market. Some of the popular well known makes are Prostretch, which comes in a single and double version. Check out my Prostretch review.