Lower body muscle groups

Supporting, balancing, and propelling the body is the work of the muscular system of the legs and feet. From the large, strong muscles of the buttocks and legs to the tiny, fine muscles of the feet and toes, these muscles can exert tremendous power while constantly making small adjustments for balance.


Examples of some major leg muscle groups that respond well to motor nerve stimulation are:

  • Gastrocnemius - forming part of the calf muscle of the lower leg and running from two heads just above the back of the knee to the heel
  • Hamstrings - 3 posterior thigh muscles, crossing both the hip and knee joints
  • Quadriceps -a large group of 4 muscles on the front of the thigh
  • Soleus - a powerful muscle in the back part of the lower leg, part of the formation of the calf
  • Tibialis - located near the surface of the front lower leg, originating at the upper part of the tibia bone and connecting to the first metatarsal bone of the foot

The SportsMed Exercise program

Overview

If muscles are wasted or weakened, start slowly and build gradually. As a general guide follow one of the tables below, depending upon which unit you have purchased. As the muscle group becomes stronger you build gradually by:

  • Increasing the intensity to give stronger contractions (from Medium to Medium-High and then High)
  • Using longer contract and release times (but release always twice as long as contract)
  • Applying for longer duration time each session
  • Repeating the program more often
  • Always allow a rest day between strenuous exercise sessions

SportsMed treatment guide

Purpose ModeIntensity TimeHow often
Pain relief RELIEVELow to medium Minimum 60 minutesOn demand
Muscle soreness RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily for 1 or 2 days
Scar tissue RELIEVELow Several hoursDaily as needed
Soft tissue healing RECOVERMedium 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
Circulation RELIEVE or RECOVERLow 60 minutesas often as needed
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium 5 to 15 minutes3 times per day
Rehabilitation EXERCISEMedium to high 10 to 20 minutes3 times per day
On RELIEVE mode – muscles should not contract or twitch
On RECOVER mode – muscles should contract, mildly
On EXERCISE mode – muscles should contract, mildly or strongly – as required

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quadriceps

quadriceps

Peroneals

Peroneals

calf muscles

calf muscles