The Guru explains the 5 day Rule to Brian: nothing, stretch, strength!

Sep 30th, 2014

Hi Guru,

I was playing tennis yesterday and felt something pop in my calf. It was quite sore yesterday but it it is better today. I can walk around with some difficulty.

Do I need treatment, rest, or both?



Sep 30th, 2014

The Guru Responded:

Hi Brian


5 day rule.


Do nothing for 2 days, slowly add some gentle stretching for the next day then for the final 2 introduce some strength – calf raises on a bent and straight knee.


This is either kill or cure and will decide if you need treatment or not – most don’t.


The initial rest is for if your torn anything and is bleeding. The day of gentle stretch is to help “realign” muscle fibres – but will make you worse if it’s a true tear, hence go easy. Think restoration of length not gaining extra motion. The final 2 days are to up your motor control – don’t do blistering amounts of calf raises but just enough to make sure your cal knows that it got to work under load.


Rule 6 is if there is any bruising or lumps or bumps then don’t do any of the above – and go to see someone sooner rather than later.


The Guru

Six Physio

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