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You Rest, You Rust

Mr Wedge
I have learned two important lessons since being diagnosed with ALS; 1) You have to keep moving (stretching and exercise are mandatory) 2) More is not necessarily better (don’t wear yourself out, it doesn’t help). This was one of my first additions to the 2X a day stretch regimen I do daily (this is non-negotiable for me). Stretching is vital as muscles get progressively weak and fatigued. The calf muscle is one that can get very tight and makes already difficult walking an even bigger challenge. I used the calf stretch wedge in PT and my husband Randy, a very talented woodworker, built me one to use at home. We adjusted the plans a bit from what I found online. You can get the non-skid tape at Menards or Amazon. I actually ordered only a few

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BUHX3QY?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B01BUHX3QY&linkCode=xm2&tag=digpicbykrica-20

and Amazon sent me a big roll by mistake. I will send strips (as long as they last) to anyone who has a need, just message me where to send. Randy will also build a wedge for anyone, $20 plus shipping cost or we can email plans (contact us through http://planitwoodworks.com/). Anyone who has tight calf muscles will benefit from the calf stretching wedge no matter what the cause. Good article about tight calf muscles, http://bit.ly/1YMORzd. I stretch both legs at a time for about 1-2 minutes. When it comes to  stretching, more is definitely better, and it feels awesome!

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