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Yoga for Calf Pain
01 Jun

Yoga for Calf Pain

What is Calf Pain?

The calf muscle comprised of two types of muscles — the gastrocnemius and the soleus. These muscles meet at the Achilles tendon, which attaches directly to the heel. Any leg or foot motion uses these muscles.

Calf pain varies from person to person, but it typically feels like a dull, aching, or sharp pain, sometimes with tightness, in the back of the lower leg. 

Symptoms of Calf Pain are:

Swelling of the calf muscles

Unusual coolness in the calf muscle

Numbness in the calf and leg

The weakness of the leg

Fluid retention

Redness, warmth, and tenderness of the calf


8 Causes of Calf pain:-

1. Muscle cramp

2. Muscle strain

3. Achilles tendonitis

4. Sciatica

5. Contusion

6. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy

7. Deep vein thrombosis

8. Compartment syndrome


Statistics of Calf Pain:-

According to American Family Physician, up to 60 percent of adults have experienced nighttime leg cramps.

In a study of people aged 60 years and older, almost a third experienced calf cramps in the previous two months, including half of those 80 and older.

Reduced blood flow to the legs may cause cramping in the calf while walking or  sitting with the legs elevated. 

A blood clot in the calf (deep vein thrombosis or DVT), a severe problem, also produces pain in the calf.

Source:- https://www.foothealthfacts.org


Yoga For Calf Pain:-

1. Warrior I Pose:-

Warrior I  pose has always been a good calf stretch for me.

The key to a right calf stretch is to make sure that my hips are square to the front of the room, even if that means bringing my feet closer together. 

My back toes turned at a 45-degree angle, which helps achieve the calf stretch as well.


2. Gorilla Pose:-

Gorilla Pose is one of my favourite yoga poses for stretching calves. 

The forward fold gives me a good stretch in the hamstrings.


3. Downward facing dog pose:-

The downward facing dog is the best yoga pose that stretches the calf muscle. 

Warming up the legs by bending the knees can help you get your heels a little closer if you’re feeling stiff.


4. Eagle pose:-

Eagle pose is less of a traditional calf stretch than the other poses, but it does stretch the calves a bit and stretches the Achilles tendon, which runs from the calf to the heel. 

If the Achilles is nice and limber, it will pull less on the calf muscle, helping the calves not to feel as tight.


What Food to eat if you are suffering from Calf Pain:-

Pain-Stopping Salmon

Anti-Inflammatory Cherries and Berries

Turmeric for Pain

So these are the foods to eat and yoga asanas to do if you are suffering from Calf Pain.


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