One of the first exercises we teach our new clients is the calf stretch. And for good reason!
We've written blog posts in the past about the importance of taking care of the health of your feet (which you can find here, here, and here). But long story short, your feet are your foundation. Improving your foot mobility is a great first step (pun intended) toward better health.
Watch the video above to learn how to do the calf stretch.
To set up: In this exercise, we use a half foam roll. But if you don't have a half foam roll a rolled up towel will work great!
Take your shoes off, this exercise is best performed barefoot. Stand in front of your half foam roll (or towel) with your feet spaced pelvis width apart. Make sure your feet are aligned straight, like the cars on a tire. Look down and if they are angled outward take a minute to straighten them. Focus on maintaining this alignment throughout the exercise.
If you aren't sure about your balance, position...
Have you been to a physical or occupational therapist and not had the results you were hoping for?
Or were you satisfied with the therapy you received at the time only to have the same problem you went there for in the first place return?
The reason we started ABC was to address these very problems!
When we first started our careers as therapists in a big facility, we were quickly disenchanted by the heavy emphasis on diagnosis codes, insurance reimbursement, and the lack of personalized care.
So... fast forward a few years and here we are.
Don't mind us as we go off on a bit of a tangent today on what you might want to consider avoiding when you are going to a physical or occupational therapist. Making sure you find a therapist and clinic that are the right fit for you is something we are so very passionate about!
At ABC, we emphasize you and your story above all else. You have your therapists undivided attention for the whole time you are here. If we are not...