Originally Posted by Posture Guy
...When I first got it, it was pretty intense even though I'd already been rolling them several times a day on a pretty firm roller. But as it got progressively less uncomfortable, the calves felt better and better.
Gotta go slow, find the tender spots, and linger, just slowly work it. But it's like a self-administered deep tissue massage.
I agree with the tender spots part. People who haven't tried it should - you'll discover your calves have more knots and lumps that you ever realised.
There's a good reason why top athletes get physio almost daily. A calf roller is a somewhat similar idea and, conveniently, one of the only parts of your body you really can work on well at home once you know how.