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If you work at a desk or in a seated position this blog is for you. Imbalance in the muscles of the neck can cause postural problems in the neck and shoulders leading to chronic pain and possible permanent injury. Maintaining flexibility in the neck and shoulders can alleviate many of these possible problems.

This blog focuses on Static Stretches for the "Calf" or Gastrocnemius Muscle located in the lower leg. Focusing on improving flexibility in this area will improve muscle balance and decrease the risk of pain and injury in the lower leg.

In this blog the Achilles complex, which includes the Soleus and Planters muscles, are discussed and examples of static stretches focused on the lower leg are given. Static stretches focusing on this area can decrease foot pain including plantar fasciitis and help create balance in the muscles of the lower leg decreasing risk of injury.

This stretch is called the Standing Quadriceps Stretch. It's a simple stretch, but is effective in helping to loosen the hips and front part of the thigh. Add this stretch to any well balanced static stretching routine to decrease muscle tightness and imbalance which can lead to pain and injury.

There are a few good stretches that can be performed to improve the flexibility of the hamstrings. Hamstring tightness can attributed to low back and hip pain, and can lead to muscle imbalances that can put a person at high risk for injury.

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