Dr. James Stoxen DC of Chicago IL and Dr. John Petrozzi Dc of Leichhardt NSW Australia
April 29, 2012 at a park
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A lot of us do a lot of leg work to develop our lower body muscles, but completely forget about the calves (or neglect them for fear they’ll get bulky). Calf Raises develop flexibility and strength in the ankle joint and calf.
Calf raises are a method of exercising the gastrocnemius, tibialis posterior and soleus muscles of the lower leg. The movement performed is plantar flexion, aka ankle extension.
Calf raises will also help with blood circulation which is especially helpful during pregnancy. Restless legs syndrome, poor circulation and cramp in the calf muscles are all quite common in pregnancy, due to high levels of hormones running around your system. These hormones affect blood flow, and it’s common for the blood to pool in your lower extremities eg your calves and feet.
Calf raises can help ease these symptoms, if you are suffering, as what they’ll do is aid what’s called “venous return”, which simply means returning blood from your legs, back up to your heart.