First, let's briefly look at lower leg anatomy. There's a lot going on down there. Posteriorly, the lower leg is comprised of two muscles collectively called the calves. The gastrocnemius is the two-headed calf muscle on the surface. The soleus is the deeper muscle. The gastrocnemius originates above the knee and the soleus originates below the knee. Both muscles attach into the Achilles tendon, which attaches to the heel bone and then becomes the plantar fascia at the bottom of the foot. The fibularis muscle group are lateral to the knee. The tibialis anterior and tibialis posterior are arranged in front and in back of the tibia. Deeper under or in between those muscles are our nutrition, waste, and electrical conduits: arteries, veins, lymphatic vessels, and nerves.
FASCIA, TISSUE ISSUES, HEART FAILURE
The calves are known as the human body's second heart or peripheral heart because the contraction and relaxation of the calves force the blood of the lower leg veins back up towards the heart. If lower leg fascia (the connective tissue that lines and connects our muscles, arteries, veins, nerves, and even bones) is tight, such soft tissue strangulation can cause blood and fluid accumulation (edema) in the lower leg, commonly seen as a purple and/or shiny, puffy leg. We believe that tight fascia of the lower leg is contributory or is likely the root of a variety of lower extremity tissue issues such as blood clots in the legs, compartment syndrome, varicose veins, leg and toe cramps, shin splints, tarsal tunnel syndrome, diabetic foot, plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, and bone spurs. Tight lower leg fascia can even contribute to heart failure as blood accumulated in the lower leg isn't being recirculated efficiently.
IS YOUR ROLLER HEART PROTECTIVE?
Now that you know you have two accessory hearts to protect your primary heart, wouldn't that alone make you want to roll? Choose a roller that is heart protective. Rolling with a foam roller (yes, even the "rigid" black foam roller at your gym) does not effectively target the vessels underneath and in between the muscles of the calves. How much pressure is needed to get the blood efficiently flowing? Ever done CPR (which is basically cardiac massage)? The chest compressions required for adult CPR are hard and deep (even after the rib cage is broken) to penetrate the chest muscles and get to the heart. The pressure applied to the calves should also be hard to relieve deep tension of the lower leg that might be affecting blood flow back up to the heart. The Fascianator was designed to penetrate the layers of muscle to relax the deep fascia.
Relaxation of the tension around the nerve of the lower leg can alleviate neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the leg and foot). If lower leg problems are present, wouldn't it be nice to be able to feel the symptomatic aches and pains that are flags for serious danger disappear after using the Fascianator? Don't wait until you are told that you have congestive heart failure or need an amputation. Manage your fascia and you will manage to keep your lower leg, foot, and toes!