Gastrocnemius And Soleus


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Press your knuckles into your client’s gastrocnemius at the achilles tendon. Glide up the gastrocnemius with your knuckles as your client dorsiflexes their ankle. Rotate the foot externally to work the medial aspect of the gastrocnemius.


The soleus does not cross the knee joint, so you can get a deeper stretch to it by flexing the knee slightly to relax the gastrocnemius, then dorsiflexing your clients ankle.

Flex your clients knee and rest their ankle on a bolster or your knee to work the soleus.


Member Comments:

  • James M commented Saturday 14th of September 2013 at 7:44:11AM

    Ballistic stretching is done against gravity and involves an eccentric contraction of the muscle. The muscle is actively engaged while stretching, which can cause problems.

    The stretching shown here involves a contraction of the opposing muscle, which inhibits the muscle being stretched. The stretches used in Soft Tissue Release are based on Active Isolated Stretching.

  • commented Friday 13th of September 2013 at 6:35:37AM

    I understand stretching. How is this different than ballistic stretching?