Calf Muscle Strain


Calf Muscle Strain - also called 'Tennis Leg' - is a term used to describe stretches, tears, or incomplete ruptures of the large calf muscles (gastrocnemius muscle & soleus muscle). When you strain your calf, it is often described as feeling like being kicked in the leg from behind. The calf muscle strain sufferer feels an quick severe sharp pain, turns around to see who kicked them, only to discover that no one is there.

Signs and symptoms of the injury can be obvious, sudden, sharp or burning pain (sometimes along with a popping sound), swelling to the area, a bruise often develops and area very tender to the touch. You can walk but by altering your walking pattern, often walking on the toes to prevent upward bending of the ankle.

Important: As the pain may appear high up in the back of the calf, it can be confused with deep venous thrombosis, acute compartment syndrome, and cellulitis -- all of which can be serious life-threatening conditions. If you have not had experienced a specific event that you can attribute your calf strain to, you should seek medical attention and get a proper diagnosis. The doctor will probably perform an MRI to achieve a correct diagnosis.

Causes of Calf Muscle Strains

calf muscle injury is most often associated with running sports.

This type of injury usually occurs in middle-age athletes; as we age, muscle flexibility decreases, experience early stages of muscle loss and degeneration due to the aging and/or inactivity.

Straining of your calf muscle will often happen when:

  • lunging or pushing off one leg to get to a wide ball or serve.
  • just performing a typical daily activity, such as running to catch a bus or climbing stairs
  • experiencing a direct hit to the back of the lower leg
  • tripping - the mechanics of your body compensating when you trip can often cause extreme short term stress on the calf muscle

Less common causes of calf strain may be symptomatic of other primary issues related to blood circulation issues, posture and overcompensation issues such as back strain, hip problems and/or one leg being shorter than the other (SLS - short leg syndrome). In such cases, it is necessary to determine and deal with the primary cause or you can expect calf strain to continue to be problematic for your over a longer term.

Symptoms of Calf Muscle Strain

The symptoms of a calf muscle strain is dependent on the severity of the injury. With a mild injury you may only notice tightness in calf, however, a more serious injury can cause weakness, severe pain in the back of the lower leg, and difficulties extending the lower leg from the knee or turning the foot and toes upward in the affected leg.

Pain causing the sufferer to limp.

Weakness

Weakness or complete loss of function of the calf muscle can also be experienced as a result of a pulled muscle. This along with your other symptoms may make it difficult for you to climb stairs, walk, drive, jump or perform any activity that involves strain on the back of the lower leg.

Swelling and Bruising

Swelling in the calf muscles is a result of the muscles becoming inflamed; this normally occurs with a more serious strain. Warmth and redness may accompany swelling in severe cases. You may also feel a gap, dent or bulge in your muscle that is not normally present.

Occasionally, bruising (contusion) and discoloration over the calf muscle may appear immediately or after a few days with severe strains.

Decreased Flexibility

You will almost assuredly experience stiffness or decreased range of motion (ROM) as a result of a pulled calf. The tightness in the back of the leg extending from the knee to the ankle will make it difficult to raise your foot upward - when pressure is on the ball of your foot (and toes) during your walking - this is when the calf is stressed significantly; this is why your walking stride will shorten when experiencing calf strain. If your sleep is affected due to the discomfort, try to sleep in a fetal position - as bent legs will help reduce stress on the calf.

You may be experiencing muscle spasms. An injury can make the muscle and/or nerves behave abnormally and improper contraction signals may be sent to the brain causing the calf muscles to spasm.

With an avulsion, or rupture, you will probably feel a gap in the muscle and an inability to raise the arm outward.

Calf Pain

A sharp pain or twinges may be felt along the back of the lower leg. You may experience tenderness and/or muscle spasms in the muscle during active and resistive movements. Pain often increases when pressure is applied to the injured muscle.

Due to the pain, you will probably find that you are unable to move your leg very much - if at all. An avulsion, or complete muscle tear in the back of the leg causes extreme pain, even during rest. The torn tissue may bunch up causing even more pain when movement is attempted.

If you have a chronic calf injury, you may feel more of a dull ache in the area that lasts for long periods of time.

Popping Noise

A popping or snapping sensation can often be heard and felt when calf muscles are tearing. This can happens in weightlifting, soccer, jumping sports or any activity where there is significant stress on the calf muscle.

3 Grades of Calf Muscle Strain Severity

  • Grade 1 - a minor tear of the muscle (10% of the muscle fibers). You may be able to continue your activity because the pain is minor twinge in your calf. The calf muscle feels achy and tightness for two to five days after the injury, recovery for healing is 7 to 10 days.
  • Grade 2 - partial tearing of the calf muscle (90% of the muscle fibers). You will feel sharp pain and minor to moderate swelling of your calf. Walking and flexing your foot down (pressing the gas pedal) will cause pain. The calf muscle feels achy and tightness for a least a week after the injury, recovery for healing within about 4 to 6 weeks
  • Grade 3 - complete tearing of over 90% of the calf muscle or rupture. This is the most painful of all the grades of calf muscle strain, causing immediate severe pain, considerable bruising and swelling in the calf. Walking will be aided with crutches, achy, tightness for about 30 to 35 days, recovery for healing within about three to four months.

If you don't take care of your strained calf, you can easily worsen the strain

If You Have To Move With a Calf Strain, This May Help Reduce Your Chances of Worsening the Strain

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Grade 1

If you are currently suffering from a Grade 1 Calf Strain, some stress relief may be realized by using partial weight bearing crutches. The use of a quarter to a half inch heel lift in both shoes may also offer some temporary relief by reducing tension on the strain in your leg. Resting as much as possible from activities that aggravate your calf muscle and you should see the condition go away in about 3 weeks.

Grade 2

If you are currently suffering from a Grade 2 Calf Strain, your physician may immobilize the calf (using a cast or brace) with the foot slightly pointed downwards (in something called a "hanging enquinus position") for anywhere between three to six weeks to reduce stress on the calf muscle fibers, allowing them to heal. A physical therapy program with stretching exercises will be essential once out of the cast/brace before returning to activity as the calf muscle will be atrophied (shortened with reduced muscle mass). In a perfect scenario, this injury should heal in about 4 to 8 weeks.

Grade 3

If you are currently suffering from a Grade 3 Calf Strain, the procedure will include immobilization and physical therapy - just as it does with a Grade 2 calf muscle strain. As the injury is more severe than a grade 2 strain, the cast/brace might be worn for a longer period and time to heal is typically 8 to 12 weeks.

Common Muscle Injury Diagnostic Tests:

Most grade 1 or 2 muscle strains don't require diagnostic testing, however these tests will help confirm if you have a grade 3 strain and/or will rule out other causes of arm/shoulder pain.

X-rays will provide a two-dimensional image of the overall structure of your knee, lower leg and ankle. They are helpful in identifying instability, avulsion fractures, abnormal bone shapes (bone spurs, calcifications or cysts, joint degeneration), and/or other problems.

CT scans (computed tomography) and diagnostic ultrasounds may be used to look internally at tendons and muscles.

MRI of a hamstring

MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) will provide more detailed information and will help to evaluate the soft tissues in and around your calf (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and other connective tissues). They can identify ligament, muscle and/or tendon damage, and can help to determine the extent of your injury, the grade of your tear, inflammation, as well as other associated conditions.

Calf Muscle Strains Can Easily Lead to Other Conditions and Injuries.

Every time we use our injured calf- damaged and swollen tendons and muscle tissue move; when they are inflamed, every movement hurts. With injured tissue, pain happens - sometimes a LOT of pain, so we try not to move it. So, when doing something we need to use our calf muscles for (walking, stairs, driving, etc), we start to use the knee and hips more. If we can, we use our other leg instead even though it is inconvenient.

A couple days later (after purposefully avoiding movement of our calf), the pain has gone down (as well as the swelling) and this is where the trouble begins! The pain disappeared with the swelling but we still aren't fully healed! Not knowing this, we start using our calf normally again and then the injury blows up again like it did before - all because the injury wasn't fully healed in the first place. We continually re-injure our leg through our daily activities and now this injury has become chronic, continuing to worsen week after week.

An injury to one leg can easily lead to straining in other areas, making an overall recovery hard to initiate. For example, a serious muscle strain in the right leg can often lead to over-straining of the left leg. Most commonly, the initial injury occurs on the dominant side, so the risk of straining the other (weaker) side increases. The longer the injury (and corresponding pain) persists, the greater the chance that you will sustain more strain from overcompensation, eventually leading to issues in those areas as well. Soon, aches and pain can become commonplace in both legs and knees - all as a result of the original calf muscle injury and the body's instinctive nature to "protect" it - all because the injury wasn't fully healed in the first place! To minimize potential secondary injuries, know that it is important to deal with your tendon/muscle injury quickly and completely.

Muscle imbalances result, placing tension on bone and softer tissues - leading to a misalignment within the lower body. The extra stress on the opposite side of the body will also result in weakness and fatigue - increasing the chances they can eventually be injured or gradually degenerate. This is a textbook example of how you get an overcompensation injury. In some cases, physical therapists warn that overcompensation can be very dangerous; when dealing with the legs, hips and knees - overcompensation can affect gait or alignment on a permanent basis.

Calf muscle injuries can become a vicious cycle - which is why it is absolutely critical to focus on methods that improve and strengthen the injured tissues in a timely manner. The faster you truly heal, the less chance you have of sinking into a downward spiral of re-injury, scar tissue growth and overcompensation injuries.

A tear or strain to one muscle or tendon can easily lead to straining in other areas - just due to the pain response in your biomechanics - making an overall recovery hard to initiate. For example, a serious muscle strain in the right calf can often lead to over-straining of both knees, hamstrings, and the left calf. Most commonly, the injury occurs on the dominant side, so the risk of straining the other (weaker) side increases. The longer the injury (and corresponding pain) persists, the greater the chance that you will sustain more strain from overcompensation, eventually leading to issues in those areas as well. To minimize potential secondary injuries, know that it is important to deal with your injury quickly and completely.

Truly, significant calf strains can become a vicious cycle - which is why it is absolutely critical to focus on methods that improve and strengthen the strained muscles in a timely manner. The faster you truly heal, the less chance you have of sinking into a downward spiral of re-injury, scar tissue growth and overcompensation injuries.

Okay, So I Have a Painful Strained Calf Muscle ...What Should I Do Now?

If you suspect you may have a torn calf tendon or muscle, the first thing to do is consult your physician; only your physician can give you a proper diagnosis and from this, determine a course of proper treatment. After seeking medical advice, your physician will determine if your soft tissue is in fact torn. If you have a fully torn muscle or tendon (known as a "rupture") your physician will probably recommend surgery for re-attachment as there is limited options with complete detachment.

Calf injuries are frustrating to live with and healing can take a long time because it's difficult to give give it the rest it needs. I mean, every time you get up from a chair, walk, climb stairs or drive - you are putting stress on your calves. Re-injury is common despite that fact that it prolongs recovery and may also lead to permanent damage and/or other conditions.

Treating your calf strain correctly is essential to getting rid of your pain and restoring function to the lower leg, ankle and feet. Proper treatment will get you back to regular activities sooner, stop your pain, and reduce the risk of future re-injury.

To restore strength and range of motion in your calf, treatment should focus on minimizing further damage and preventing both scar tissue formation and muscle atrophy (shrinkage and weakening of the muscle). This requires rest and the appropriate therapies at the right time. Almost all types of calf pulls and tears (except a complete rupture) can be properly treated with trusted therapies that are available for use at home. Complete ruptures require surgery - however, using these home therapies after surgery can help speed recovery, improve function, and increase range of motion in the lower leg.

Stage 1: If the injury is very recent - use a good quality cold pack and Arnica Pain Relief Cream.

Note: If you are suffering from a strained calf muscle that has been going on for awhile, then skip the cold treatment if inflammation is minimal. Anytime you are experiencing significant pain, you may find our Arnica Infusion Pain Relief Cream to be quite helpful.

If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the very early stages of the injury (first 48 to 72 hours), the first step in a conservative treatment protocol would be to focus on reducing the discomfort by applying a Cold Compress or Ice Pack to the injured muscle along with a high quality pain relief cream such as our Arnica Infusion Cream.

Not only will you use your cold pack for the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury, but you should also use it during other stages of the healing process. Some examples include...

  • after any activity that stresses the calf muscle in a moderate way. It is wise to quickly apply cold to not only reduce the pain, but to also minimize tissue damage that may have occurred during the prior event.
  • If you have a job that requires you to place some demands on your strained calf. If that is the case, use cold immediately following work and if the opportunity allows - use it for 15 to 20 minutes during lunch or another break time.
  • If you are in a post-operative situation where cold compression would be utilized heavily for at least the first few weeks following the procedure. Similarly, if you are scheduled for upcoming surgery, then you will need a high quality cold pack to use.

Having a Cold Compress or Ice Pack available at home to use if and when the need arises is helpful. Many of you already do so.

However, too many people over-focus on cold while ignoring the most critical aspect to healing - nourishing the injured tissues with a healthy supply of blood flow needed to repair and rebuild the injured tissues.

Stage 2: Focus On Increasing Blood Flow To The Calf Muscles & Surrounding Area - As Bloodflow Is The Key To Long-Term Healing

Even though the concept is simple, improving blood flow to injured tissues can be difficult. Traditional methods require your muscle to move to promote blood flow (exercise), but that same motion that promotes blood flow can at times lead to making your pain and condition worse.

  • Have you re-injured your calf muscle by returning to work too quickly?
  • How many times in the past have you aggravated your leg or knee just trying to perform basic tasks around the home?
  • Is your injury preventing you from work or activities you enjoy?

Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. Perhaps it has already happened to you. Promoting blood flow within a muscle or soft tissue injury to help the body heal itself is a concept that has been utilized for centuries. This is where the focus has to be if you are seeking long-term improvement.

Oxygen and nutrients, carried within the blood, are critical for the body to heal itself. Without proper blood flow, recovering from an injury or condition will be delayed...sometimes for a very long period of time.

The real challenge is how do you promote blood flow to muscles and tendons in the leg, groin, knee and hip without causing further injury? This goal is further complicated by the fact that your legs are involved in lot of strenuous and/or repetitive movements performed each day.

We know that heat increases blood flow in soft tissue in the application area. This means ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Increased blood flow, combined with heat results in relaxation of the vessel walls. The vessels then gently expand, allowing for more nutrient rich blood flow along with extra oxygen to reach the damaged tissues. Plus, the enhanced blood flow helps in flushing waste and fluid build-up from the injury site - further enhancing the ability of the body to heal.

Now, on to recommendation number two in the journey to heal your calf muscle...

The Leg TShellz Wrap® - Maximize Your Body's Capability to Repair Itself

The best option we came across in our research to accomplish effective blood flow to soft tissue in the treatment area at home is the TShellz Wrap®. Use of this device is intended to result in an increase in blood flow to tissue in the treatment area - all in a non-invasive manner.

Energy emitted from the TShellz Wraps® increases blood flow in and around the application area - we call this "LEC Response" (Localized Enhanced Circulation Response). The objective of the TShellz Wrap® is to increase blood flow in these targeted areas, resulting in relaxation of the vessel walls. The vessels then gently expand, allowing for more nutrient rich blood flow along with extra oxygen to reach the damaged tissues. Plus, the enhanced blood flow helps in flushing waste and fluid build-up from the injury site - further enhancing the ability of the body to heal.

Have you seen what happens when you add water to a flower wilted from drought? In essence, your injured elbow is much like a "wilted" flower; your body wants to heal its injury, but needs lots of nutrients to do it. Blood brings life to your tissue by delivering healing nutrients and oxygen that are vital for their growth and survival. In addition, the blood carries away toxins and waste cleaning the area and healing it faster. Without blood flow, your tissues simply won't heal.

Using a TShellz Wrap® will not expose you to the risk of causing further harm to soft tissue like you can when using rigorous exercise. The TShellz Wrap® accomplishes the goal of enhanced blood flow without the need for intensive exercise and as such reduces your risk of re-injury.

The intention of a TShellz Wrap® is to ease pain by dilating blood vessels, decrease stiffness by elongating soft tissue, improve blood circulation, and boost metabolism and enzyme activity. In stimulating localized blood flow to damaged soft tissue, you provide needed oxygen and nutrients to grow strong healthy collagen. In addition, you will experience a clearing of toxins and excess fluid build up from the injury site. Over the intermediate term, this helps to reduce incidents of swelling as trapped fluids will be whisked away - reducing pressure on blood vessels.

Using the TShellz Wrap® is truly a unique experience. Within moments of applying the wrap, you can feel the sensation due to the increase in blood flow within the area. During a treatment, and for quite some time after you finish, the treated area will feel relaxed and warm. It's a very soothing sensation and extremely effective.

Who Should Use the Leg TShellz Wrap®

We recommend the use of an Arm/Leg TShellz Wrap®:

  • If you have injured tendons, ligaments or muscle in the leg or arm, then the Leg/Arm TShellz Wrap® will provide the all-important function of boosting blood circulation where it is needed most.
  • If you are dealing with soft tissue conditions affecting your range of motion.
  • If you have a chronic soft tissue condition that has lasted for years- this device is intended to kick start the recovery process and help strengthen surrounding and supporting tissues.
  • If you are still working with a leg strain or mild tear, the TShellz Wrap® will help relax injured soft tissue prior to work and after a day at the job.
  • If you are still trying to enjoy your favorite activities such as gardening, tennis, golf, etc - use the TShellz Wrap® prior to activity to help reduce chances of re-injuring or re-aggravating those targeted tissues.
  • If you are suffering from bursitis and want to treat a major source of it (inflammation and damage to tissue surrounding the bursa sac). Through trauma, overuse or degenerative changes, muscle and tendons surrounding the bursa sacs will tighten and constrict. When they do, they place pressure on the bursa, causing it to become irritated. Applying a TShellz Wrap® to the area will help relax tissue in the treatment area, taking pressure off the bursa.
  • If you have been to a clinic for some form of massage or stretching and your PT or physician has recommended conservative treatments for home.
  • If you have upcoming surgery scheduled for your soft tissue injury, then you will find a blood circulation booster to be a powerful tool after surgery to help surgically repaired tissues recover for long-term health. (once the surgery wound has healed and your physician has given the ok)
  • If you are experiencing atrophy in your leg and want to reduce the chance of re-injury (or further injury) while stretching - this is a perfect treatment to use on a regular basis, by enhancing blood flow and elongating soft tissue.
  • If you are experiencing tightness in your muscle(s) and want to reduce the chance of re-injury while stretching - we recommend the use of a TShellz Wrap® before you stretch.

Increased Blood Circulation = Increased Healing Capability

TShellz Wraps® contain a unique Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe energy over its entire surface. This energy is absorbed by soft tissue in the treatment area, opening blood vessels, resulting in an increase in blood flow. Increased blood circulation is what your body needs to accelerate the healing of soft tissue and this is why we recommend the TShellz Wrap®.

The Leg TShellz Wrap® is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for use in therapeutic clinics and FROM HOME. It is completely safe for people and patients to use for themselves.

The technology found in a TShellz Wrap® has been used for decades in the worlds of professional and amateur sports - a contributing factor as to why athletes seem to recover from injuries so quickly.

Have you ever wondered by an athlete can return to activity after 3 or 4 weeks following a tendon or muscle injury - while your average person takes much longer to return back to normal? The secret isn't really that much of a secret - it involves consistent treatments (meaning multiple times a day) using a treatment like the TShellz Wrap® to stimulate blood flow to the injured tissues. Most athletes have the luxury of using in-house facilities many times per day.

How many us can afford the time and money to visit a clinic multiple times a day? Very few indeed. This is how you can gain some of the advantages that athletes enjoy in their injury recovery - by using a device like the TShellz Wrap® two or three times a day on a consistent basis.

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Consistent Treatments = Consistent And Long Term Improvement

Stage 3 - In Between Treatments With A TShellz Wrap®, Apply Our New Fast Acting Pain Relief Cream Called ARNICA INFUSION

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Dealing with aches and pains affecting the foot, ankle, leg, knee, hamstring, hip, back, arm, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand? If so, then applying the Arnica Infusion to any of these targeted areas will bring about fast relief from the pain and sore tissues. Simply apply a small amount of cream to the body and moments later, you will experience a soothing and comforting sensation over the area.

Arnica Infusion is specially designed to relieve pain due to sore muscles and joints associated with arthritis, backaches, sprains, strains, and bruises. No matter if you are dealing with an acute injury, chronic pain, or a general "flare-up" - you will experience fast relief from pain and inflammation.

A lot of our customers asked us for pain cream, so we focused our resources and came up with what we believe to be the most effective, fast acting, topical pain relief cream you can buy without a prescription.

You are likely familiar with some of the standard topical creams on the market as most of our customers use them. They are mass marketed and even found in most department stores... Well, we are here to say that Arnica Infusion goes many steps beyond what they offer.

Made in the USA at an FDA registered manufacturing facility, you can be assured that Arnica Infusion is both safe and effective. We only source top grade ingredients while implementing strict quality control checks during every step of the production process. Expect the same high quality that MendMeShop customers have been accustomed to since we started the company in 2005.

The "Cool Blue" formula is the perfect balance between the smooth application of a cream and the effective absorbing factor of a gel. It is not too thick and not too thin - just the right texture. Best of all, it feels very nice on the skin!

Each application of Arnica Infusion feels so comforting and soothing, we are certain it will become an item you will not want to live without.


Arnica Infusion Ingredients

The Arnica Infusion formula is based on a combination of scientific research and the use of high quality ingredients. The properties within the formula were chosen for their pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and soothing qualities.

The acting ingredients within the formula include ones many of us are familiar with; along with ones that have not received a lot of publicity (only in research circles). Extensive testing resulted in a blending of ingredients that provides the most synergistic of benefits.

The notable ingredients in the Arnica Infusion formula include:

  • Arnica - powerful anti-inflammatory, speeds recovery, enhances circulation
  • Menthol - provides deep penetrating pain relief with a nice cooling sensation
  • Vitamin B6 - promotes normal nerve function
  • MSM - supports healthy connective tissues, anti-inflammatory
  • Ilex Leaf Extract - increases circulation, skin conditioner
  • Vitamin E - anti-inflammatory, enhances circulation, hydrates the skin
  • Aloe - anti-inflammatory properties, soothes the skin
  • Tea Tree - enhances penetration of ingredients

Extensive quality control procedures during the manufacturing process ensure the ingredients and final product are both safe and effective. We would not stake our reputation on anything but the best.


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What Else Makes the TShellz Wrap® So Special?

We believe the TShellz Wrap® to be one of the most effective treatments to stimulate blood flow to dense, injured tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other similar tissues.

We can promise that you will receive a product that is designed to be safe and does what it is supposed to do...quickly relieve pain and aid in the recovery from tendon, muscle and other soft tissue injuries.

The unit plugs into a standard wall outlet to get its power. The nice thing about the power supply is that the same unit can be used in North America and overseas as well. It has the capability to operate between 110v and 230v. It has a special signal controller that can be set for 3 different power levels of application (3=High, 2=Medium, 1=Low). The cord is long so you can sit or lie comfortably and watch TV, read or surf the net while you're using it.

Treatments are max 30 minutes in duration and the device can be worn over clothing. This allows you to use the device at work, at home, or really anywhere you have access to an electrical outlet.


A Note On OverCompensation

The longer your injury endures, the greater the risk of running into serious overcompensation injuries.

To Stop Re-Injury & Reduce the Risk of a More Serious Overcompensation Injury, You Need to Heal Quickly & Completely!

Anyone in need of rapid recovery and complete healing must consider a comprehensive treatment plan that includes an effective means to minimize swelling and inflammation yet also stimulate healing and tissue elasticity. We have found no better set of tools that can be used at home than this:

Conservative Treatment Tools Our Clients Have Used to Help Limit Damage & Boost The Body's Soft Tissue Repair Process at Home:

  • A Cold Compress or Ice Pack to reduce inflammation wherever there is pain and/or swelling (as soon as possible).
  • A Leg/Arm TShellz Wrap® [or a Knee TShellz Wrap® if the location is at or near the knee] to increase blood-flow to the targeted treatment area (a Localized Enhanced Circulatory Response® Treatment).
  • MendMeShop Arnica Pain Cream for powerful, temporary relief of pain due to sore muscles and joints.
  • Perhaps a High Quality Back Pillow and/or Knee Pillow for comfort while sleeping or sitting
  • If the injury is at or around the knee, a Knee Support Sleeve for light joint compression and support for knee instability.
  • An Exercise & Stretching Plan to prevent muscle atrophy and shortened tendons in the Knee joint. A proper plan will increase elasticity and strengthen the muscles and tendons in the hip, knee, and ankle.

Conservative treatment tools just like these have been used successfully by thousands of leg strain sufferers - just like you.

The TShellz Wrap®: Intended to Enhance Blood Flow in the Treatment Area

We believe the use of TShellz Wraps® for boosting blood flow to soft tissue in the area of application is one of the most under-utilized home treatment options available on the market today. We have client after client that have tried many options out there and have been amazed at how effective and fast the TShellz Wrap treatment has helped in their recovery.


Increased Blood Flow Stimulates the Bodys' Ability to Heal

With regular use of the Leg/Arm TShellz Wrap:

  • Your pain will be reduced*.
  • Due to increased blood flow, soft tissue in the treatment area on the leg (and/or arm) will be expected to recover at an accelerated rate with reduced potential for re-injury*.
  • Tissue in the treated area should experience a larger range of motion and increased extensibility of collagen tissue* due to the heat effect on soft tissue. This should translate into a reduced rate of re-injury occurrence as soft tissue is known to lengthen and become more flexible when exposed to warm temperature. (*Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)

*Know that every personal soft tissue injury is unique and the TShellz Wrap may not work for everyone. This is why we offer a 60-day money back return on all our TShellz Wrap devices.


When Should I Use My TShellz Wrap During the Day?

The most common question we receive from individuals prior to purchasing is - how many times a day should I be using my wrap(s) and when should I be using them? While treatment plans will differ for each individual and their specific injury, there are general guidelines that should be adhered to.

  • Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack when you are experiencing inflammation (usually after exertion or movement of the injury area).

The TShellz Wrap® would then be used:

  • Right after rising from bed in the morning (as this is when it is most stiff)
  • Prior to going to bed at night (to relax the leg, allowing for better sleep)
  • Before you know you will be using your injured joint (going to work, driving, typing, etc).

Pre Surgery & Post Surgery

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Doctors and Surgeons are always improving the techniques used in surgery, and results from surgery now are much more positive than they were in the past. However, all surgeries introduce scar tissue, and recovery from back or shoulder surgery can be less than ideal and take longer than anticipated.

If you do wind up getting surgery, know that rest & rehabilitation at-home while attending regular PT or doctor appointments is vital for your overall recovery.

Consistent exercise and conservative treatment on a daily basis during your recovery while working with your doctor or physical therapist is key. This is why you should seriously consider maximizing your recovery by using the TShellz Wrap® at home once you are approved for PT.

The more consistent you work at enhancing blood flow to surgically repaired soft tissue, the more consistent the healing process will be. Nourishing the tissues will more oxygen and nutrients (which are carried through the blood stream) will give the body a better ability to produce new, healthy collagen. In effect, you will help the body produce stronger tissues while potentially reducing the number of setbacks that can occur following surgical procedures.

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Benefits Derived from a TShellz Wrap® Application

According to the trusted medical knowledge of Justus F. Lehmann, M.D. (well-known rehabilitation medicine specialist), increasing the temperature of soft tissue through the application of a warming therapy will provide the following impressive benefits:

  1. Increase The Flexibility of Tissue

    Warming up tissue before stretching (exercise at home or in a clinic) can provide on-going flexibility in your tissue that will continue after the stretch is done. Experiments conducted by medical professionals have shown that applying warm temperature treatments (like the TShellz Wrap®) on the trapezius/upper back before stretching & range-of-motion exercises can provide lingering flexibility in the area - very beneficial when stretching or doing upper back exercises.

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  2. Decrease Joint Stiffness

    Medical studies have shown a decrease in joint stiffness after the temperature of injured tissue is increased with a warming temperature therapy compared to the stiffness experienced at a much lower, normal, body temperature.

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  3. Relieve Muscle Spasms

    Tissue and muscles that have been over-strained or injured can suffer from continuous squeezing in the muscle fibers... this is also known as a muscle spasm or trigger point pain. On-going muscle spasms will decrease blood flow and increase your nerves' sensitivity to pain. It has been believed for a long time by many medical professionals that a warming treatment can reduce the incidence of muscle spasms. It is generally accepted by the medical community that the body's response of increased blood circulation due to the introduction of heat will help alleviate spasming muscles.

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  4. Control and Reduce Pain

    There are a lot of reasons why you may feel pain in your back... You could be feeling pain from muscle spasms, lack of blood flow to your soft tissue, and even stress placed on your nerves due to overall stiffness in your neck. Significant pain relief can be felt from introducing heat treatments. Increasing the temperature of muscle tissue in your upper back can reduce pain sensation experienced in the base of the neck and upper back.

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  5. Increased Blood Flow

    Using a warming treatment will trigger the body to send increased blood flow in an attempt to "cool down" the area. This can produce an increased level of blood flow similar to the amount of blood flow achieved through regular exercise.

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  6. Relief From Lingering Inflammation

    Increased blood flow can take away any remaining built up fluid (edema) and lingering inflammation. This will not only decrease inflammation, it will help to decrease pain as well.

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4 Key Points To Keep in Mind When Treating Your Lower Leg Muscles

1: Make Sure That Complete Healing is Your #1 Goal

We all know that if the injury was healed, the pain would go away but what about the opposite situation? If the pain is gone, does that mean the injury is better? Unfortunately, this is not always true.

Too many people only focus on suppressing pain symptoms while providing less attention to the true healing aspects of the body. Experiencing less pain, while obviously a good short-term goal, never equates to underlying healing. Scar tissue can remain for months after one gets to a point of being relatively pain-free. However, as long the weak and brittle scar tissue remains, you are susceptible to re-injury or re-aggravation. Certain motions or movements can cause weaker tissue to easily tear - resulting in some reversal of the recovery up until that point.

This is why we recommend for people to continue with their doctor or therapist recommended exercises and to continue with mild treatments of the TShellz Wrap® for a period of time - to better ensure complete healing.

Ongoing treatments to enhance circulation are intended to soothe, relax and promote healing of damaged soft tissue in the application area. T•Shellz treatment also results in the ability of soft tissue to extend further due to the effect of heat on soft tissue. The more extensible your tissues are, the less likely they are to strain or sprain.

Soft tissue injuries are a race against time. The faster and stronger you heal your leg muscles, the less chance there is for re-injury or other problems later on.

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2: Resting Your Legs Will Help, But Only Temporarily

People tell us all the time, "I was told that if I rest for a few weeks, the pain will disappear for good." The truth is, pain is often a culmination of numerous factors, which often include repetitive stress, high load issues due to excess weight, and/or overcompensation issues resulting from other muscle and soft tissue ailments (ie. short leg syndrome). It may take weeks or months for these pain triggers to surface, but when they do, merely resting will not solve the underlying issues. You need to utilize options that actually treat the source of the pain and help reverse the damage that has been done.

Resting has a role to play, but it is only one small factor in a recovery plan.

3: Determine if There is A Deeper Underlying Cause To Your Problem & Fix It. Otherwise, It May Come Back

In order to get lasting relief, you need to identify all the factors that are contributing to your leg pain. These factors can include muscle imbalances, pinched nerve in the hip, knee or lower back, short leg syndrome, herniated discs, trauma and tightness to surrounding muscle and soft tissue, etc. The list is certainly significant and it can be frustrating for people who may have no idea where to begin. This is one of many reasons why you should always get to a physician and, even a specialist to identify the source of your problem.

4: Know that Pain isn't the Only Proof You're Still Injured

Would you know you injured yourself if there was no pain? Probably not! Pain and swelling perform a useful role in letting you know that you did, in fact, injure yourself. Pain and swelling are what get you to seek out medical attention in the hopes of finding a way to reduce the pain and heal your injury.

Inflamed or torn muscle tissue can cause extreme pain and result in a chronic muscle injury. When using a Cold Compress or Ice Pack, you can control inflammation which speeds up healing and clears away the pain; be careful with pain-killers that mask the pain as overuse can give you a false sense that your injury is gone. Strive to reduce the inflammation in your muscle and avoid re-injury to see a reduction in pain.

We all know that if the injury was healed, the pain would go away but what about the opposite situation? If the pain is gone, does that mean the injury is better? Unfortunately, this is not always true.

On-going TShellz Wrap® treatments at home, every day, are intended soothe, relax and promote blood flow to soft tissue. Consistent TShellz® Circulatory Boost Wrap treatments before activity or work will help warm up the area, increasing soft tissue elasticity & flexibility; this in turn will also reduce the risk of re-injury.


We Receive Calls All the Time From Customers Who Simply Want To Thank Us For Introducing Them To Our Amazing Products!

Let me tell you, we appreciate all the feedback we have received over the years. We have had many medical professionals, athletes and everyday people call and write to tell us about their positive experiences with our devices and the company in general. It never gets old hearing about the successes and it provides us with the motivation to continue doing what we do best - provide individuals with options to heal from the comfort of their own home.

A SMALL Sample of Feedback From Our Customers

  1. Charlie

    The Best Service by Far!
    The service from the Mend Me Shop is by far the best you could ever hope for. I have spoken to Paul on numerous occasions and his knowledge is very much appreciated. Do not hesitate to order from this company. Their products are made well and work. Their customer service is the best you could ever hope for.

    North Carolina, USA
  2. D. McBride

    I have called the office and received helpful guidance. Really appreciate the help and so glad I found your products!

    USA
  3. L. Anderson

    Thank you, too, for the personal attention to your customers. A rarity, in today's world!

    USA
  4. T. Kienlen

    You guys are tremendous. I was overwhelmed by your speed and thoroughness regarding my problem.

    USA
  5. M. Callahan

    The fact that you guys are there for us every step of the way matters as well. Your company is wonderful and that's a rarity these days.

    USA
  6. D. Hunzicker

    Thank You so much superior service as well as unprecedented guarantee.

    USA
  7. P. King

    The cost seemed minimal compared to what I had already spent at the doctor and physical therapist.

    USA

If you're tired of being told that resting, drugs and surgery are the only answers to your soft tissue injury.... Be optimistic, because there are effective alternatives for you.

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The Reasons For Our High Success Rate - Our Customers!

We never claim our products will work for everyone. That is simply impossible to achieve. Everyone has a different capacity for healing and different circumstances behind their injuries and/or conditions.

In addition, some people may have a hard time sticking with recommended protocol in order to achieve benefits from our devices. Quite simply, our clients that have had successful outcomes have made a small effort to invest 60 minutes a day into the program. If you do the same, chances are you will be very happy with the outcome.

Right after you place an order, email us and we will have a plan developed immediately so you will be able to get started upon arrival of your parcel. We can't promise you miraculous results, however, we do promise to do everything we can to help you with your condition.

Right after you place an order, email us and we will have a plan developed immediately so you will be able to get started upon arrival of your parcel. We can't promise you miraculous results, however, we do promise to do everything we can to help you with your condition.

Everything you have read up to now has hopefully given you some hope.

However, words are meaningless unless a company stands strongly behind the products they sell. This is what sets us apart from others...we offer people a comprehensive, 60 day, full 100% money back guarantee. We take on all of the risk because we know our products work well for the overwhelming majority of people who purchase them.

We Will Support You Every Step of the Way

You are never alone when making a purchase from us. When we say we stand behind our products, we truly mean it!

If any question or concern arises, simply send us an email at any time (we check our emails constantly all throughout the day and night - even on holidays!). We will respond as soon as possible.

Simply call toll free 1-866-237-9608 to place an order with one of our knowledgeable Product Advisers. They have the ability to answer all your questions...ensuring you only receive the products you need.

Product Advisors are available 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time Monday to Friday.

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We Stand Behind All Our Promises With An Iron-Clad Guarantee

  1. Guarantee #1

    Use your products diligently for up to 60 days and you will experience a significant reduction in pain. If not, I encourage you to send back the items for a no-hassle 100% refund.

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  2. Guarantee #2

    You will not be left in the dark after purchasing any product from us. AidMyPlantar Advisors and Product Specialists are available 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time Monday to Friday.

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  3. Guarantee #3

    Your order is guaranteed to be shipped within 24 hours on every business day.

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  4. Guarantee #4

    All purchases receive a one year, full replacement warranty with guaranteed, prompt service.

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  5. Guarantee #5

    You could save hundreds of dollars and possibly more, by getting back to work sooner.

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We Can Get You Started For Less Than The Cost Of A Few Physical Therapy Treatments

Think about it – you can now have the ability to treat your pain from the comfort of your own home while saving money in the process.

Best of all, you are fully protected when making a purchase from us as we offer a no-hassle 60 day, full money back guarantee.

The Next Step Is Up To You!

Living with pain is never easy as it affects your entire lifestyle. Nothing is more important than making the proper decision when it comes to treating your muscle injury. Most methods only mask the problems or provide temporary relief; they do not treat the pain at its source.

AidMyPlantar stands out in this regard as our goal is to help you heal for the longer-term.

The bottom line is, you are welcome to try our products for a full 2 months. If you do not receive the benefits that others have experienced after using the product as directed, simply call us to initiate a return and we will issue a prompt & full refund. There will be no hassle and no hard feelings.

The fastest option you have to get our product into your hands as soon as possible is by placing your order online - at this very moment..

Place your order on-line through our ultra-secure website by clicking the image below.

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Or, Call Our Office. We are open Monday to Friday to allow you place an order over the phone. Simply call toll free 1-866-237-9608 to place an order with one of our knowledgeable Product Advisors. They have the ability to answer all your questions...ensuring you only receive the products you need.

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If you choose to order through our online shop, know that we keep no credit card data on file. Once the transaction is completed, the credit information disappears from our internal systems.

As you can see, ordering from us is a very easy and safe process, no matter if choosing to order on-line or over the phone.

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MendMeShop Achilles TShellz Wrap®

Suffering from Achilles Tendonitis? This wrap is designed to treat lower calf and achilles location specifically.

For consistently active people with chronic achilles injury history, (ie. skiers, runners) we recommend an Achilles TShellz Wrap treatment prior to activity for re-injury risk reduction.

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MendMeShop Leg TShellz Wrap®

Augment your recovery while reducing risk of re-injury. A Leg TShellz application is intended to:

  • increase extensibility & flexibility of muscles & other connective tissue in the leg during treatment & for a short while after
  • increase blood flow in the application area


Are you still unsure about placing an order? let me address some questions that may causing some hesitation...

What is the success rate of the TShellz Wraps®? Do they really work?

We try and keep in touch with a large percentage of our customers, and we encourage them to do the same. In doing so, we have received a lot of feedback as we have been in the business since 2008.

We can say that the return rate on our products is only around 5 to 10% any given month. That is exceptional by anyone's standards. Therefore, we can safely indicate that the overwhelming majority of people who purchase from us do achieve benefits with our products.

How much time do I need to dedicate for treatments? Are the products easy to use?

The TShellz Wraps® are very easy devices to use. After one or two uses, you will engage in the treatments with ease. Very detailed instructions are included and you are always welcome to contact us by phone or email if the need for help arises.

In regards to the TShellz Wrap®, it is ideal to use the device two or three times a day on average. Each treatment session is a maximum of 20 minutes in duration and the device will turn off automatically at that time. Typically, people use the TShellz Wrap® before bed, upon awakening (or not long after) and one other time during the day when the opportunity presents itself. For people in an office setting, many will use the device at work (as it can be worn over clothing). For others, they will use the device an our or two after work.

A Cold Compress or Ice Pack is primarily used following activity that stresses the injured tissues (following work, after a sports activity, or just suffering a general re-injury). This is done to reduce inflammation and to minimize tissue damage. Treatments are 15 to 20 minutes in duration.

How long has MendMeShop been in business

We established our firm in December of 2005. Our track record in this field continues to grow and we plan on being around for many decades to come.

What is your return policy? Is it the standard 30 days?

We go above and beyond what other companies offer - we offer a full 60 day money back guarantee with no restocking fees.

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AidMyPlantar advisors do not work on commission, so be assured you will only receive fair and objective information.

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Product specialists are available 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time Monday to Friday.

If any question or concern arises, call us or simply send us an email at any time (we check our emails constantly all throughout the day and night.. even on holidays!). We will respond as soon as possible.

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Please be aware that this information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. All testimonials and comments reflect the real life experiences of individuals that used our products, however, individual results may vary. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before using any of our outstanding products to make sure they are right for you and your condition or if you have any questions regarding a medical condition.

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