Stretch Calf Muscles for Improved Balance

Posted by Matt on 6/17/2015 to Core & Balance

Let's talk some more about balance. Yesterday, we looked at some general ways to increase core strength and therefore balance. In that post, we looked at some lower body exercise equipment as well, and that's what we're going to focus on again today.

The CanDo Economy Wobble Board is great for exercising and stretching the many muscles and tissue in the feet and calves. It is important for balance that these muscles train on working in tandem in order to get the results you are looking for: increased strength and balance.

A great way for stretching feet

CanDo Adjustable Ankle Incline Board
CanDo Adjustable Ankle Incline Board

In our store, we offer another way of stretching your feet by using an inclined board. It's called the CanDo Adjustable Ankle Incline Board, and it allows you to stretch those thick calf muscles and the Achilles' tendon, which can often become tight. With an ankle board, very little movement is involved. It is not about increasing strength so much as providing you what you need to get a slow, daily stretch. Having these muscle groups opened up will make you feel a lot better and benefit your exercise regimen as well as help you with activities of daily living. This includes carrying groceries, walking up steps, or simply walking long distances.

When muscles and tissue in this area of the body are tight and stuck together, it increases discomfort and pain during physical activity. It also increases the risk of injury. In order to benefit from exercise or other physical activity, your body has to be stretched and ready to go. This is why athletes stretch before a big game. But it doesn't have to be a big game. Simply running errands and doing chores are easier and less risky if we are properly stretched.

CanDo Adjustable Incline Board no-slip surface
CanDo Adjustable Incline Board no-slip surface

Many of us are not naturally properly stretching our feet and calves, so the CanDo Adjustable Ankle Incline Board helps us do that. It is good to use it a few minutes in the morning and late in the day. It has four angles to let you slowly increase your stretch over weeks and months. Start with the level you are most comfortable with and build your way up over time. There is no need to rush to the maximum stretch level. Just stand or sit, line up your feet evenly on the board after securing the desired angle, and relax.

Ankle boards such as the CanDo Adjustable Ankle Incline Board have been used to help treat the common painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis. It is always important to consult with your doctor or physical therapist, especially when specific medical problems are present.

A simple piece of equipment like this can make a world of difference for your daily comfort and health. If you found this information useful, share it with your friends.

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