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Doctor insights on: Hypertonia Excessive Muscle Tone

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Why is increased muscle tone triggered by fever?

Why is increased muscle tone triggered by  fever?

Cytokines: Inflammatory processes cause release of cytokines that reset the thermostat in the brain to a higher level causing fever. Rigor/chills/shivering are body's effort to raise the temperature by generating heat from working the muscles. So rigor and fever are both driven by cytokines. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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If a person has cervicothoracic hypermobility wouldn't manual release of the muscles be contraindicated because increased muscle tone is protective?

If a person has cervicothoracic hypermobility wouldn't manual release of the muscles be contraindicated because increased muscle tone is protective?

Unsure of Q: I'm not aware of a condition called cervicothoracic hyper mobility ! please enlighten me... Sounds like you may have " loose joints" or generalized ligamentous laxity.A scapulothoracic strengthening program may be indicated but i would see an ors first for exam. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is rigor increased muscle tone triggered by a fever?

Is rigor increased muscle tone triggered by a fever?

Cytokines: Inflammatory processes cause release of cytokines that reset the thermostat in the brain to a higher level causing fever. Rigor/chills/shivering are body's effort to raise the temperature by generating heat from working the muscles. So rigor and fever are both driven by cytokines. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with PLS with myopathy in2012. I have some muscle wasting with increased muscle tone. Why do I have increased tone with muscle wasting?

Was diagnosed with PLS with myopathy in2012. I have some muscle wasting with increased muscle tone. Why do I have increased tone with muscle wasting?

PLS: Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) is a rare neuromuscular disease with slowly progressive weakness in voluntary muscle movement. PLS belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases. PLS affects the upper motor neurons in the arms, legs, and face. Symptoms include weakness, muscle stiffness and spasticity, clumsiness, slowing of movement, and problems with balance and speech. ...Read more

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Would ALS cause increased muscle tone in the affected limb before atrophy begins?One arm is sore and that arm looks slightly bigger.Could this be ALS?

Would ALS cause increased muscle tone in the affected limb before atrophy begins?One arm is sore and that arm looks slightly bigger.Could this be ALS?

ALS: ALS also known as Lou Gehrig disease is a serious neurological problem. I suggest you read up on it as there are multipe sites on the Internet for lay people and see if you exhibit any if the symptoms. Good luck ...Read more

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I was born naturally skinny. How can I build muscle tone?

I was born naturally skinny. How can I build muscle tone?

Weight Training: Start slowly and build up the amount of weight you use, and over time you will see an increase in muscle mass in the area you train. If you can afford a personal trainer, i highly advise it for good form in training. Never overdo the training and don't be in a rush to develop muscle as weight training can lead to serious injury if not done properly. ...Read more

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Does donating blood reduce muscle tone?

Does donating blood reduce muscle tone?

No: There is no impact on your general muscule tone / function after blood donation. ...Read more

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Does anyone have a baby with low muscle tone?

Does anyone have a baby with low muscle tone?

Not uncommon: Muscle tone is an important indicator of a baby's development. It can suggest some developmental problems if the tone is low (or floppy). But, it's important to understand that babies all develop differently and not necessarily within the pre-conceived parameters. If tone is a concern, be sure and follow up regularly with your physician for checkups to be sure than any problems are detected. ...Read more

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How to work on weight loss, body fat and muscle tone?

How to work on weight loss, body fat and muscle tone?

Not simple: Weight loss comes from dietary changes while muscle shape comes from exercise. Body fat will decrease with avoiding high fat foods. Discuss this with your doctor and see if she recommends a trainer or if she does weight loss at her clinic. It really helps to be followed regularly to keep up with your progress and help you get through plateaus. Hope you enjoy success. ...Read more

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Dr. Corey Clay
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Increased Muscle Tone (Definition)

Increased muscle tone is a clinical finding in which a person's muscles are more tight ...Read more