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Tight Calf Muscles and How to Fix Them

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I am a big dude. I’ll start this article with that. I am 6’2 325lbs with a decent amount of muscle on my frame. My calves have always been large. I was given the genetics for large calves but what came along with that were a set of tight calf muscles for no reason.  If you know how a tight calf feels then you know exactly how painful and debilitating they can be. Let’s take a look at some of the possible reasons why you have tight calf Muscles. We will dig into some things you can do to help alleviate the issue.

Causes Of Tight Calf Muscles

You may be wondering why you are getting tight calf muscles for no reason and you are sitting there in pain. You can’t seem to walk properly.

Compartment Syndrome

You may be experiencing compartment syndrome. That is where the muscles become too large for the exterior sheath of the tissue. This will cause extreme tightness and pain. It will take away from the mobility of the muscles as well.

Overuse

Simple. You may be doing stuff that has nothing to do with your calves, but weirdly enough you are probably causing them to shorten over time without even realizing that you re doing it. The calf muscle is one of the most used tissues in the body because you have to use them to walk.

Lack Of Stretching

The calve muscles will shorten on their own over time. If you do not stretch them out as much as possible, they will become chronically short causing you to wonder why they are so tight all the time.

What Athletes Can Do About Tight Calf Muscles

Many people say they do stretch, but they do not feel like they are getting any better. The facts are you just may not be doing enough stretching. You may need to add more to it. There are a few other things you can do to help aid in this issue.

Stretching to Relieve Tight Calf Muscles

If you are dealing with tight calf muscles, you should consider stretching on a daily basis. Stretching will help to relax the muscle and lengthen the muscle fibers so the ankle can move without restriction.

Massage for Tight Calf Muscles

Stretching compared with regular massages are a great way to take care of the calves. The calves are punished all day long. You stand on them, run on them and jump on them day in and out. Through these activities, there is a lot of wear and tear and strain placed on the calves. Massage helps to flush out the harmful toxins and improve recovery of the calves.

Conclusion on Relieving Tight Calf Muscles

Having tight calf muscles for no reason can be frustrating. You have no idea why your calves are killing you, but you need to be doing something about it. There are reasons why you are getting these sore and tight calf muscles, but you are just not aware of it.  Get in the stretching, the massage, and the smashing.

All of these things will help open off your calf muscles it will allow the tissues inside there to slide correctly. You will be able to function way better. If you feel like they are not getting better, you need to apply more time to your stretching, massage, and smashing. Make it a priority to get your calves loose!

What If You Can’t Relieve Your Tight Calf Muscles On Your Own

Sometimes you can ice all you want, but a muscle is in pain because another area is not working or because it is protecting you. With the hips, for example, your back may be hurting because your psoas is doing too much work and it is also tight. The psoas may be doing too much work because your other hip flexors are not activating correctly. The chain reaction can be dangerous with tight calf muscles as well.

Sometimes you need the help of a sports medicine provider. Sports medicine providers are used to working with athletes that need to get results quickly, to get back on the field. If you are not an athlete, I am sure that you still want quick results.

There are many different options you can go with when looking for a provider. You could get a chiropractor, massage therapist, physical therapist or many other options. The key is finding someone you trust and that you are excited to work with.

How to Find The Best Healthcare Providers for Tight Calf Muscles

Kho Health is the best place to find the health care providers you need for any injuries. It does not matter where you are hurting; a Kho Health provider will be able to get you healthy again. Kho allows you to find the best local providers and compare them quickly using the Kho Number.

If you have no idea what you need, but you know you need something, Kho Health is an injury guide, and you will get helped through the process. We make it easier for you to find the information and the person you are looking for.

Skills to Look for in a Healthcare Provider for Tight Calf Muscles:

  • Active Release Technique
  • Graston Technique
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Fascial Stretch Therapy
  • Corrective exercises
  • Dry Needling
  • Sports Background
  • Functional Movement Screen
  • And more

 

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