Pain that occurs in the calf muscle on the lower part of the leg often is the result of a pulled or torn calf muscle.
A torn calf muscle is similar to an Achilles tendon tear or rupture but occurs higher up in the back of the leg. A sign of a torn calf muscle is similar to that of an Achilles tendon rupture. You may think you’ve just been hit in the leg and potentially hear a “pop.” There is sudden pain in the back of the calf. Then you’ll experience pain, swelling, or bruising in the calf muscle, and you’ll have difficulty walking properly or standing on your toes.
Massage therapy has numerous benefits for athletes. Massage can speed up recovery after a large day of training, a race or a big block of training. According to Averill, “Massage increases blood flow to the muscles to help speed healing by flushing out the metabolic waste.” Averill says it can also give the athlete a chance to reconnect his mind and body and decompress. In a similar manner, “active recovery” can be utilized in the weeks that you do not have a massage scheduled, and it is also a very effective means of flushing metabolic waste. This would usually entail a light 30-minute swim or a 60-minute bike ride at a lower-end aerobic effort (zone 1).