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This post will address how to stretch the deltoids and pectoral muscles, which are often tight in people who spend a lot of time at a desk or on a computer. Improving flexibility in these areas will improve muscle balance between the chest and upper back which will decrease shoulder and neck pain, and decrease the risk of repetitive motion injury in the neck and shoulder areas.

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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