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Dr. James Chapman
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Involuntary Muscle Contraction (Overview)

Involuntary muscle contractions are a clinical finding in which there movement that is not intentional. These are caused by a variety of muscle and nerve disorders.


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What causes involuntary muscle contractions?

What causes involuntary muscle contractions?

Various Reasons: This could be due to an electrolyte imbalance like low calcium or potassium. It could also be due to stress or anxiety. Could also be from caffeine, medication, exercise or lack of exercise. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
2 doctors shared insights

Involuntary Muscle Contraction (Overview)

Involuntary muscle contractions are a clinical finding in which there movement that is not intentional. These are caused by a variety of muscle and nerve disorders.


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Is an orgasm an involuntary muscle contraction of the smooth muscle tissue?

Is an orgasm an involuntary muscle contraction of the smooth muscle tissue?

Sort of: Orgasm is a complex reaction that causes, among other things, certain smooth muscle fibers (vagina/uterus) to have rhythmic contractions. Not every smooth muscle contraction is due to an orgasm. ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
Daily
Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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Is an orgasm an involuntary muscle contraction of the smooth muscle tissue?

Sort of: Orgasm is a complex reaction that causes, among other things, certain smooth muscle fibers (vagina/uterus) to have rhythmic contractions. Not every smooth muscle contraction is due to an orgasm. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions of the urethra healthy or a problem?

Involuntary muscle contractions of the urethra healthy or a problem?

Necessary & healthy: You require involuntary contractions of the urethral sphincter muscles when you cough or sneeze to prevent expulsion of urine from the bladder, ie wetting. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions in the arm are happening. Why?

Various Reasons: This could be due to an electrolyte imbalance like low calcium or potassium. It could also be due to stress or anxiety. Could also be from caffeine, medication, exercise or lack of exercise. If its bothersome or persistent, a doctor can help evaluate from history and labwork exactly why this is happening in your muscles. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary muscle contractions of the eyelid?

What causes involuntary muscle contractions of the eyelid?

Stress and dryness: You're referring to a 'blepharospasm', which is a flickering of the eyelid that usually resolves spontaneously after a few months. It's almost always caused by stress (including not sleeping well) and dryness. Try using artificial tears 4 times a day. If it doesn't go away after a few months, get checked. ...Read more

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I keep having involuntary muscle contractions of my left eyelid the past 2 days.?

I keep having involuntary muscle contractions of my left eyelid the past 2 days.?

? Eyelid infection : Involuntary twitches, or myokymia, often result from muscle irritation due to adjacent infection. The eyelids are susceptible to these due to the close proximity of oil glands and muscle elements. Lid hygiene, including warm compresses and topical antibiotic steroid drops or ointment will often relieve this, although it can recur if maintenance treatment is not done. ...Read more

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I have involuntary muscle contractions on my right fore head, They are not not painful but it happens on a 24 years old scar. What could be wrong?

I have involuntary muscle contractions on my right fore head, They are not not painful but it happens on a 24 years old scar. What could be wrong?

Facial nerve growth.: It is possible that you hurt your facial nerve and the nerve control your eye lid movement growth into your forehead muscle. That would cause your forehead muscle contracture while you close or open your eyes. See your self in a mirror and find if it is the case. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary muscle contractions?

Various Reasons: This could be due to an electrolyte imbalance like low calcium or potassium. It could also be due to stress or anxiety. Could also be from caffeine, medication, exercise or lack of exercise. ...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


Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more