Pain Center of the Calf

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How People Describe This Pain Pattern

Pain in the Center of the Muscle

Patients complain of diffuse pain in the center of their calf. Like the other soleus trigger point, This bothers them when they have prolonged immobility, like sleeping. Additionally, it bothers them when they have sudden lengthening of the calf. Typically, this happened in a misstep, going up stairs or a steep incline. Examination usually reveals a tight band along the outside of the upper calf.


This is one of the muscles that create cramps in your calf when sleeping. Other muscles, like gastrocnemius, tend to create other patterns, like cramping arches.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

Badly fitted Shoes

Slippery shoes or a slippery floor can create a misstep that strains this muscle. Additionally, a stiff shoe causes the ankle to flex more and can overwork this muscle.

Sports, Overdoing It

This trigger point can be activated by overdoing it. Examples include unusual activities on vacation, such as hiking or dancing. The activity involves jerky, repetitive, or unusual ankle movement. One of my friends had this every time she danced the night away. Her favorite move was to rock back and forth while tapping her heel. For hours.

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

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This post on anatomy contains standard information about the origin, insertion, function, and innervation of muscles. Additionally, it includes information on functional considerations and anomalies.

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Clinically Proven
Self-Care Strategies

Self-Care Posts have common sections to make them easy to follow and understand:

  • Activities to Avoid or Change
  • Strategies for Quick Relief
  • Stretches and Exercise for Longer-Lasting Relief
  • Yoga Corner

Better Bodywork
Through Shared Expertise

Therapy Notes provide details for cranial, spinal, and local joint work. These notes also link to a traditional neuromuscular protocol.

By treating integrative components first, direct work on the muscle becomes less intense while providing longer-lasting relief.

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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written materials and instructed classes since the mid-90s. This includes anatomy, trigger points, cranial, and neuromuscular.

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