Gastrocnemeous, Soleus Proper Muscle Stretch

Proper Calf Stretch (Gastrocnemius & Soleus Muscles)


The soleus is a little known muscle in the leg that can cause calf pain, especially in runners.

In this video Dr. Altaf Virani explains how to specifically stretch the gastrocnemius & soleus muscles.


Keep your right leg forward, foot flat on the floor, and extend your left leg straight back, placing your heel flat on the floor. Lean into the wall until you feel the stretch in the calf of the straight leg. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.


More Details About This Video:

The calf muscles are very important muscles. When they are sore or painful, they can cause many problems. Calf’s can be strained, sprained, pulled or even completely torn. Calf injuries usually occur as a result of a sudden pushing off movement or from excessive over-stretching of the calf muscles as demonstrated in jumping activities or during quick changes of direction.


Treatment includes: Rest, Ice and Compression during the acute stage, followed by a full rehabilitation program consisting of stretching and strengthening exercises.


DISCLAIMER: This video and any related comments are not medical advice. Doctor Altaf Virani is a licensed Chiropractor and Certified K-Tape Therapist; however, if he is not YOUR Chiropractor, he can’t possibly diagnose you through the internet. So please don’t use this information to avoid going to visit your own healthcare professional or to replace the advice they have given you. This information should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat any medical condition. If you are not properly diagnosed, this information won’t help, and it could make things worse. If you experience any pain, stop immediately and see your healthcare professional. Thank you!




June 23rd, 2017

Posted In: Physiotherapy, Uncategorized, Working out

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Patient receiving shockwave therapy by doctor using device.

Shockwave Therapy (SWT) is revolutionary new technology which provides non-surgical treatment for many conditions that historically could only be resolved through surgical intervention.

Shockwave Therapy promotes healing of degenerated or injured tissue leading to reduced pain and an increase in joint function.

“Until taking shockwave therapy I was in denial and kept trying to play tennis without moving much.  Pathetic.  I’ve had 3 sessions of five – minute Shockwave therapy and now it’s only age and geriatric deterioration that slows down my running game, not the curse of plantar fasciitis”

Peter Worthington
Toronto Sun

SWT is clinically proven to be effective in resolving and treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular those involving areas where major connective tissue ataches to bone.  Common areas that can be successfully treated are:

  • Foot – plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
  • Knee – patellar tendonitis and shin splints (tibialis anterior muscle strain).
  • Elbow – tennis or golfers elbow.
  • Shoulder – rotator cuff tendinitis and calcific tendonitis
  • Hip – trochanteric bursitis.
  • Muscles – various trigger points throughout the body.

What Are The Advantages of SWT?

SWT is a recent development that is used successfully by health care providers that specialize in musculoskeletal disorders.  As compared to other treatment methods, the advantages are:

  • Quickly reduces pain.
  • No medication is needed.
  • Avoids surgery.
  • No side effects.
  • No risk of allergies.
  • Accelerates healing.
  • Effective for chronic conditions.

How Does SWT Work?

SWT accelerates the healing process by activating the body’s self-healing mechanisms, particularly in cases where the body has been unsuccessful in the past.  It stimulates metabolism and enhances blood circulation which enable damaged tissue to regenerate and eventually heal.

Your health care practitioner will apply shockwaves through a specially designed hand piece that produces strong energy pulses for short periods of time.  The shockwave energy pulses are applied directly to the affected tissue areas in a controlled procedure.

What Are The Success Rates?

After 3-5 sessions, over 80% of the patients report a significant reduction in pain.

  • 90% improvement for Plantar Fasciitis – Journal of Orthopaedics Research 2005.
  • 91% improvement for Calcific Tendonitis – Journal of American Medical Association 2003.
  • 77% improvement for Tennis Elbow – Journal of Orthopaedics 2005.

How Long Does Treatment Last?

Each therapy session takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes depending on the disorder that is being treated.  In general 3 – 5 sessions are necessary at weekly intervals (usually 1 visit per week).

Give us a call and speak to one of our staff members to see if your condition can be treated by Shockwave Therapy and book your treatment sessions today!

August 1st, 2016

Posted In: Chiropractic, Physiotherapy, Shockwave Therapy

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