is the wide, flat #muscle
that covers and shapes the calf region of the lower leg. The “claim to fame” of one of the trigger points in this muscle is the heel pain that many joggers and #runners
experience during and after #exercise
. It (along with thetibialis posterior trigger point) can also produce pain the #Achilles
tendon region as well. Other trigger points in the soleus produce #pain
and tenderness in the calf region and rarely even way up in the sacroiliac joint of the low #back
The soleus also acts as a “second #heart
” pumping venous blood from the legs back up into the trunk. Trigger point activity can compromise this pumping action of the soleus and produce edema or swelling in the lower legs.
Most people are unaware of the amount of muscle tension that builds up in this workhorse muscle.
The muscle is sandwiched between two sheets of hard #fascia
to form what is called the “soleus bridge”. This structure surrounds and protects the many blood vessels and nerves that travel down the central canal of the lower leg.
However this junction can become fibrous and essentially stick the separate soleus & gastroc muscles together. Not allowing individual movement the muscles will be pulled into all sorts of dysfunctional angles causing quick overuse and furthering the thickening of fascia in the area.
The goal is to release fascia and separate the muscles then work through the trigger points in the soleus and your results will be fast and long lasting.
#fitness #physologyacademy #physology #sportstherapist #sportsmassage #physio #massage #myofascialrelease #health #running