Waking up with aching calves and feet in the morning is a disappointing start to anyone’s day. Try these simple do-it-yourself techniques at home to reduce throbbing pain in your lower legs, allowing you to get on with the rest of your day in comfort.
Lower leg calf pain can occur suddenly and without warning. However, soreness in the lower legs is usually a temporary condition, arising from overworked and tired calf muscles and tendons. This is known as DOMS (or delayed onset muscles soreness) and should disappear within a few days or you can speed up the process with remedial massage treatment.
Your legs contain some of the most used muscles in your body. Every step you take exercises your calf muscles. Daily occurrences such as riding a bike up a steep hill or stretching to reach the ball during a sports game can easily strain your muscles and cause your legs to feel sore the following day. Aching calves after running for the first time in a while are one of the most common reactions.
It is important to note that lower leg pain can also relate to issues with joints or nerves and be associated with more serious medical issues, such as diabetes or blood clots. Sciatica, for example, is one of the most common causes behind complaints of leg pain and is primarily due to issues with the sciatic nerve that runs all the way down your leg, rather than muscle exhaustion.
If you feel unsure about the pains that you are suffering, it is important to take advice from your doctor before applying any massage techniques or receiving a professional massage.
Simply taking a long relaxing soak in a warm bath, with your legs slightly elevated can provide quick relief for tight and sore leg muscles. There are also a number of simple massage techniques that you can try out at home to help fix aching calves. These can be especially effective when performed in conjunction with leg stretching exercises.
Massage is used on certain Japanese cows and their offspring to rear the most prized beef in the world. Use similar techniques to make your own calves top notch too!