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good to know about muscles

My calves are extreamly sore, to the point where it's hard to walk. All thanks to Instructor Trainning this weekend. I asked my friend who's in school to become a physical therapist what I could do for my claves here is her recomendation:

Use a heat pad for 20 mins, then massage the calves in the direction of the heart.

I asked why in the direction of the muscle. She said because there are vains in your calves that could be damanaged when you massage away from the heart. so pretty much when messaging any muscles massage towards the heart. Good to know thought I would pass it along.


Mon. Feb 13, 4:48pm

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calf muscle soreness

I'm not sure why your calf muscle is sore. If the calf is sore and has some swelling it could be a blood clot and the heat and massage that you mention in your post might make the bloodclot break loose and move to your lung or heart etc and that is life threatening.
Be careful when you listen to students in the medical profession, please back it up with a call to your physician.

Signed: a physical therapist with 34 years experience!

Monday, February 20, 2006, 2:07 PM

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I've had sore leg muscles to the point where I hated to walk too, but it was mainly my thighs/butt..

If you have sore calf muscles because of working out really hard, it's probably a lot of lactic acid build up... The reason why you're supposed to have a cool down and stretch after exercise is to prevent this. So, learn from it! .. it only takes 5 minutes or so! ... Anyway, if you can, work out a little bit (get your body warmed up anyway) and stretch out your muscles.

If they're not sore from working out, I'd see a doctor or something...

Monday, February 20, 2006, 2:32 PM

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Re 2:07 post,

Doesn't it seem unlikely that the OP would have DVT in both legs at the same time? And aren't there a couple of other symptoms that usually manifest with that, like swelling and blue-ish color?

Monday, February 20, 2006, 4:47 PM

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