Learning New Tricks … Healthy Knees.
The gastrocnemius( calf muscle) crosses the ankle and the knee,if this muscle is shortened it will cause the knee to bend forward= Quad( thigh muscle) “turned on “.
The quad being “turned on ” will result on tension pulling the patella (knee cap) upwards .This tension on the patella will force the knee cap into the joint space which can lead to increased friction and possible inflammation.
Make sure when doing the calf stretch that the pivot point is the heel and not mid foot (think heel drop), otherwise it will cause an eccentric (lengthening) contraction on the muscle. Of course you will”feel ” the traditional heel drop, because the muscle is contracting, but this will also contribute to increased neural tone.
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