Achilles pain is something you don’t want to experience, and can lead to and injury that is very difficult to come back from. Although there are a lot of treatments you can undertake and modes of rehabilitation that need to be employed, there are a couple of things you can do at home with just a tennis ball that can help your pain immensely.
People with Achilles pain will often suffer from tight calves. With a simple tennis ball you can do a lot of work by yourself to get the muscles and fascia in your calves in great condition. Tissue quality is important and although it might not heal your pain it will certainly help to relieve some symptoms. You can start close to the Achilles, and run up your leg. Start in a similar fashion to the foam roller and move up through your whole calf, but what we are trying to find here is trigger points. These are basically little tight spots in the muscle and a tennis ball is a very effective tool at removing them. When you feel like you have hit a point, it might be that it feels more intense in that area or more painful, you should stay on it. You will find in seconds or minutes that the pain starts to subside, and that is the trigger point releasing. Explore your calf and you will probably find quite a few tight spots.
Another important area to address is the bottom of your foot. Here your plantar fascia is running under your whole foot and actually attaches to the Achilles’ tendon, if you have problems in this area then it is obvious how it could affect your Achilles. Basically you need to stand on the tennis ball and run it back and forth over your plantar fascia. Your fascia connects throughout your whole body, so releasing your feet will also begin to release your calves, hamstrings and even your back. Will help a lot more than just your Achilles pain.
If your pain is bothering you, make sure to see a professional. This stuff can be used as a very effective supplement at home to other important treatments.
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