Hello and welcome to the Brewsters Running Blog!
As you may have already discovered, Brewsters Running is the home of all things ‘Running’; where you can learn from the experts on how to avoid or fix injuries, run further, faster or just get more enjoyment from this activity that we all love so much.
To start things off, I thought I’d give you a little tip in today’s blog to help those of you who suffer from tight calves or cramps in the calves…
If you religiously stretch your calves before and after runs but still manage to pull up sore, or worse yet, wake up in the middle of the night with one of those soul shattering calf cramps where you think it is going to tear off the bone, then this may solve your problem!
Wrapping around and meshing throughout your muscles is a tissue called Fascia. Fascia is a connective tissue that binds, supports and protects all other structures in the body. Unfortunately, giving your muscles a good stretch doesn’t always produce the desired result in its associated fasicia, particularly if the muscle you are stretching is typically held in a shortened state for the most part of your working day (i.e. if you sit at a desk or behind the wheel of a car for long periods). There are several ways to release the fasica in the calves, but a quick and simple method you can use each day to make a big difference is to put the arch of your foot on a golf ball on the floor, and roll it around with a reasonable but comfortable amount of pressure for approx 5 mins. The fascia in the sole of the foot is continuous with the fascia in the calf and will assist with relaxing it and allowing more flexibility, better circulation and LESS CRAMPS in the calves!
Obviously there are some other factors to consider such as effective hydration, nutrition, regular massage and correct biomechanics, but assuming you have these other things under control, the humble golf ball may be the solution you are looking for.
Give it a try and leave us a comment to let us know how this works for you.