The tibialis posterior is the “deepest” muscle of the calf and can trigger severe pain at the Achilles tendon and the sole.
This pain is usually caused by muscle tensions and trigger points.
What most people do not know is that they can relieve these pains with a self-massage.
The effects are amazing, even if they are underestimated by many patients and even therapists.
On this page you will not only learn how to massage your tibialis, but also …
Tensions in the tibialis posterior often lead to calf pain and local sensitivity to pressure.
Trigger points, however, trigger pain in the area of the Achilles tendon, and can refer pain down to the sole or up into the calf.
The pain described above usually arises under stress/load/movement, but it can also occur at rest.
Particularly in the sole of the foot and the Achilles tendon, affected persons often experience pain when there are active trigger points in the tibialis posterior.
The tibialis posterior is the deepest muscle in the posterior part of your lower leg. It originates in the upper rear part of the lower leg and runs all the way down to the arch of the foot.
I would like to explain the functions of this muscle using bullet points and pictures, and then show you what meaning they have in everyday life.
With every step, you push yourself off the ground and thus lift your heel.
Of course, the same function is needed to jump in the air, as for example in volleyball or basketball.
Thus, this muscle is very important for locomotion.
Trigger points are mainly activated through overload in sports.
Jogging in general or jogging on uneven or slippery ground can quickly activate trigger points.
In “normal” jogging, it is the monotonous movement sequence that triggers the overload of individual muscle fibers.
Especially if you are not used to this kind of stress, give the muscle too little time to adjust or do not perform balancing activities such as massages and stretches.
On uneven ground, the muscle needs to stabilize the ankle more heavily, which can overload it, too.
On slippery ground, the toes slip slightly backwards with every step. This is a high stimulus for the muscle and may overload it.
Other factors that favor the development of trigger points are instabilities at the ankle joints.
Since the muscle lies very deep in the calf, it is not possible to distinguish it from the surrounding muscles.
You can still massage it. All you need to know is where to put your hands and how to perform the massage. That’s exactly what I’ll show you in the next chapter.
You can massage the muscle with a foam roller, a massage ball or the Body Back Buddy and apply various massage techniques.
Note: In the picture I put my “free” leg over the other one. This is the only way I can build up enough pressure to penetrate the tibialis posterior.
If this causes too much pain, do not cross your legs. This reduces the pressure and makes the massage less intensive.
This prevents you from getting deep into the tissue and massages the soleus and gastrocnemius, which lie above the tibialis.
However, this is not a problem, as these two muscles often develop trigger points along with the tibialis posterior.