Treat calf pain yourself: triggering the gastrocnemius
- Problems & Treatement
- Triggering the gastrocnemius
The gastrocnemius, which belongs to the lower leg musculature, is also colloquially called the twin calf muscle due to its two-headed shape. It gives the calf its typical shape and covers the soleus muscle, with which it works closely. The caput mediale (inner muscle head) and the caput laterale (lateral muscle head) both originate at the lower end of the femur. The Achilles tendon forms the lower attachment and runs to the calcaneus (heel bone), the rear projection of the foot. A lever is formed over this protrusion, which transmits force to the ankle joint. The amount of force transmitted, depends on the length of the lever between the ankle joint axis and the length of the tendon.
The main function of the gastrocnemius is to angle the foot downward, working together with the soleus muscle. This primarily involves forms of movement that generate propulsion and are mainly performed on the ball of the foot, as in fast running or cycling. It is also responsible for supination (outward rotation) of the foot and flexion of the knee joint.
Problems & Treatement
To ensure relaxation of the gastrocnemius after high stress and to prevent tension, there are many ways to treat trigger points. Due to its large-area shape, it is especially important to pay attention to your individual pain zones and to feel for yourself where relaxation is necessary. Maurice shows you in our video exactly how it works, have fun!