I used slant boards for stretching the calves in physical therapy to treat herniated discs and pinched nerves in both my neck and lower back. The therapist said my lower back pain was also likely a hip problem. I had major neck surgery last year, but it didn’t completely solve the problem. I don’t want more surgery, but I don’t want to go back to physical therapy either. It was very expensive, even with insurance. The bills I received from Physical Therapy exceeded my surgery bill!
I know what I have to do, and I’ll be the first to say that I have no excuse for not doing my exercises. I bought high-quality slant boards, stretchy bands, and a big exercise ball. If I don’t help myself I know no one else will. I want to do what I can to prevent pain and further problems, and you have to take control too. Don’t wait until you have a serious problem again. You HAVE to continue with slant boards for stretching at home after professional therapy ends or you’ll have to start over again.
Slant Boards for Stretching the Calves at Home –
Some say you can stretch the calves without slant boards. You can, but it isn’t nearly as effective. It can also be dangerous. I tried doing my stretches at the bottom of carpeted stairs, and it was very difficult. I ended up with sore toes and almost fell a few times. Stretching against a large rock didn’t work well either, and I about broke my neck.
What I needed was a set of quality slant boards for stretching the calves at home. My problem wasn’t going away by itself, and contrary to what ‘they’ say, time doesn’t heal all wounds. Whoever said that didn’t have back and neck problems! I have to keep fighting to feel good, and you do too. I know I wouldn’t do my exercises without the right equipment. It would be way too easy to quit, but having the right equipment makes all of the difference in the world. Since I was going to make stretching part of my daily routine I went with the multi-slant board listed below.
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How Stretching Helps with Lower Back and Leg Pain –
I asked the physical therapist how stretching the calves with slant boards helps. He said stretching can pull herniated discs back into place, and he also said it was the only way it would happen. The use of slant boards also help with proper body alignment, and they significantly improve flexibility and strength while relieving muscle stress. They might not ‘fix’ the problem, but the exercises significantly improve lower back pain, leg pain, hip pain, and many other problems.
Anyone that says physical therapy doesn’t work didn’t give it a fair chance. I used to say it too, but that was before I gave it my best. A personal home exercise program is essential to maintaining good results. That’s where many people fail. You must continue using physical therapy slant boards at home or you’ll be right back at square one. It doesn’t end when you’re released by the therapist. I would be miserable if I didn’t use wooden slant boards for stretching every day, and if I don’t help myself no one else will. They’ve made a tremendous difference in how I feel.