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Where Does It Hurt?

Back & Neck

The spine runs from the back of the neck to the lower back and can be painful and stiff from problems such as arthritis and muscle stress.

Shoulders

These ball-and-socket joints move in almost all directions. Shoulders are prone to arthritis injury and fracture.

Elbows

Elbows can be affected by arthritis and repetitive use that can mean ongoing pain and stiffness.

Hips

These ball-and-socket joints move in almost all directions. Arthritis and osteoporosis can mean pain, stiffness or fracture.

Wrists, Hands & Fingers

Wrist, hand and finger joints are among the most important joints for performing daily activities.

Knees

The largest joints in the body, like the knees, are vulnerable to injury and arthritis.

Ankles

The ankle is a complex joint with many moving parts, making it vulnerable to injury and arthritis.

Foot, Heel & Toe

As the foundation of the body, feet bear the brunt of the weight. Arthritis and impact-related injuries are common in feet.

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Bent Leg Calf Stretch

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PRECAUTION: Be careful to maintain your balance. Hold onto a stable object (a chair, railing, wall, tree or counter) while doing this exercise.

PRECAUTION: If you have had recent joint surgery, then check with your doctor before doing this exercise.

This stretch works on muscles further down your leg (closer to your ankle) than the straight leg calf stretch.

  • Lean against a wall, tree or chair for support.
  • Place your right foot back, keeping your toes facing forward.
  • Slightly bend your left knee, never letting it go beyond your toes.
  • Slightly bend your right knee as well.
  • Keep your head up and spine straight.
  • Press the heel of the right foot into the ground.
  • Hold and then repeat with the left leg.

REMEMBER:

  • Stretch just until you feel gentle pulling in your muscle, and then hold the stretch in that position. The stretch shouldn’t be painful.
  • Stretch gently and smoothly, and do not bounce.
  • Breathe naturally as you hold the stretches. Don’t hold your breath.

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