Heel Drop

by Anthony Carey, MA

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The heel drop exercise at first glance looks like it's a calf stretch. Now, although the calf is being stretched, it actually has a lot to do with stability and lengthening through the posterior longitudinal line of the body. Start off by getting on a stepstool or any object at home that allows your heels to drop below the balls of the feet. Equally important is making sure there is something in front of you to hold onto because a big part of this exercise is maintaining a good vertical line from the ear to the shoulder to the hip to the knee and the ankle. The tendency is for people to let the hips go forward or stick their buttocks back. Be sure to have a good straight line up and down and drop the heels. They are under a constant stretch, but they're also under a constant load while in this position, which fires all the muscles through the lumbar spine into the thoracic spine.

About the Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA

Anthony Carey, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Anthony Carey, MA, owns Function First in San Diego, California. He holds a master?s degree in biomechanics and athletic training, and is an internationally-recognized speaker on biomechanics, posture, motor control and musculoskeletal pain and function. As a best-selling author, his work has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine. Anthony is also the inventor of the Core-Tex.