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Hi I m 20 to 21 weeks pregnant and I tear a muscle in my left side back its good to used tire balm ointment or what can used bc its really hurt?
OK to try: Any topical treatment at the pharmacy is fine to try, such as tiger balm or aspercreme or capsaicin cream or Icy Hot. It won't hurt to try any of those unless you have an allergy or skin sensitivity to them. I would also try ice/heat as well as gentle stretching. ...Read more
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
Is there an ointment my doctor could prescribe that I can apply to the anorectal muscles to make them relax when having a bowel movement?
Yes: See a gastroenterologist for exam, evaluation, and therapy specific to your situation. ...Read more
Its been 7days since ACL surgery. I feel muscle pain throught leg. Mainly calf. Can I apply pain reilef balm on my leg? Some part is still stiff.
Which would that be?: You can bulk any muscle that's anatomically present. From time to time, a person is born without a particular muscle. He/she compensates by developing others. Boxer Jerome Thomas has no left pec major because he has Poland syndrome. He's not complaining. Cheers. ...Read more
They age: Like human beings, muscles without exercise get shorter, fatter, and weaker. Using muscles stimulates growth of new muscle & replacement of injured muscle (as long as you rest to allow the process to complete itself) it also signals other healthy processes in your body. No exercise=reverse of that: no repair, no signals & eventually replacement of muscle cell w/ fat. ...Read more
No it is not true: Gaining muscle mass is generally a function of resistance in terms of weight lifting which is a function of technique, amount of weight, the isolation of a specific muscle or muscle group as well as number of repetitions as well as sets of a specific exercise. You may want to see a trainer for a specific program as you want to protect against injury and do this correctly. ...Read more
Hard gainer: You don't want to get fat first so you can eventually develop bigger muscles. That's a myth. I'm going to assume you are already hitting the gym, including resistance training, hard, and eating a gym diet (lots of protein, avoid greasy & sugary stuff). Chances are that you are a "hard gainer" but most women prefer a lean, defined man who's not massive. Consider creatine & an ems unit if ur dr ok's. ...Read more
Supplements: I would make it a general rule not to mix otc supplements. First of the supplement industry is not regulated by the fda, so you never know what you are actually getting. If you have a reason that you want to take a particular supplement I would recommend printing out the ingredient list and information about the product and making an appointment to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
Not true!: If you do not exercise properly, you can limit range of motion of your joints. But strength is good. Muscle also increases your metabolic rate. Take a look at gymnasts-very large muscles with extreme mobility and flexibility. Gaining muscle should not be a "fetish." I was a competitive weightlifter. I am not enamoured with "bodybuilders.". ...Read more
Depends: What are you using to decide if muscles are fully developed? If you are referring to weight lifting for a growing child, then you must be careful when and how and how much. The big risk is harming the supporting ligaments, tendons and bones, and affecting bone growth. Consult with your sports medicine md or orthopaedic md. ...Read more
Consider: Working with a personal trainer for individualized plan. ...Read more
Exercise and diet: If you adipose tissue that you'd like to lose then consider an increase in cardio and a balanced diet. However, do not always do the same exercise or you will increase your risks for stress injuries. Mix things up with running, biking, swimming, or circuit training. Ultimately you need to burn more than you consume. ...Read more
Hypertrophy: Working out will thicken muscle fibers already in existence. ...Read more
Muscles always feel like I had a great workout even though I haven't actually done it. Is this weird?
Rx side effects: Several medications can cause a side effect of muscle soreness. Cholesterol lowering drugs is one such category. Discuss your medication profile and potential side effects with your primary care physician. ...Read more
My muscles on my left side keeps feeling like there tightening but it ain't a constant it's on and off but I don't know why?
Requires examination: And testing for muscle damage/disease. I suggest a comprehensive physical exam. ...Read more
I have researched a lot and I didn't find an answer on how to decrease fat and gain muscle.? Can anyone help me with a proper diet?
Jump into it: Reading will only confuse you. Hit the gym hard and impress the gym-rats with your desire to work both resistance and cardio. They will approach and offer you guidance, most of which will be accurate. Creatine and an electronic muscle stimulation unit are the ways to get extra mass; avoid steroids of course & most supplements are a waste. Eat protein, avoid sugary / salty / fatty stuff. ...Read more
I have very strong muscles spasms throughout my body. I haven't worked out in about a month. Could that be what's resulting the spasms?
Could be: Are you sure they are actually muscle spasms as opposed to simply aching muscles due to excess physical exertion secondary to deconditioning? ...Read more
My friend is 5'5 and weighs 286 pounds. (fat, not muscle) She isn't worried about her weight, but how is her current health based on her weight?
Need more info: There are many more measures of health than just weight. Blood pressure, cholesterol, strength, level of indurance...But clearly your friend is obese, and if her age is like yours, she'll likely gain more as she ages. You can encourage her to loose weight and get fit, but she has to motivate herself. ...Read more
I started working out about a month ago. But I have gained weight from 111-114 lbs. I haven't lost fat, just gained muscle. What is happening?
What exercise?: If you're trying to lose weight, your exercise should be primarily cardio, meaning running, swimming, dance -- anything to get your heart rate high and that makes you really sweat. Combine that with diet and calorie restriction and your weight will start to come down. If you are gaining weight you may be doing muscle-strengthening exercises which hold onto water and make your weight go up. ...Read more
I train to build or hold on to muscle+loose body fat I lost lot of weight can't shift stubborn back and ab fat would it be safe to take lcarnitine?
I've been training yesterday and normally I don't train the following day as my muscles hurt. But today I don't feel any pain so can I work out today?
Lactic acid buildup.: Muscle soreness from lactic acid buildup is mostly why the muscles hurt the following day. Even if you don't feel pain, you may still have some muscle fiber damage that needs time to heal. Weight training should be done every other day, and stretching and cardio exercise on off days should keep you healthy and happy. ...Read more
Keep lifting: Men vary greatly in our ability to bulk ourselves doing resistance workouts, though we can all build a fair amount. A slow-gainer is less prone to heart disease later, and can look great in his own way by developing stunning muscle definition. Try an electronic muscle stimulator to the point of serious pain if your doctor's okay with it. Get some whey protein. Don't try steroids. Good luck. ...Read more
Jogging up to 3 miles a day or every other day will not interfere with building upper body muscle mass. Make sure to get proper nutrition and rest as well.
Marathon runners can have trouble building muscle mass, especially in the upper body - but they often jog ten miles several days per week. Consider fartlek or interval training. They alternate jogging with sprinting- might be more your speed. ...Read more
Of course: Doug burns ("mr. Universe") is a diabetic. Steven mott (picture) is a young diabetic who's written about managing his hobby and his treatments. ...Read more
Diet and muscle mass: To gain weight you have to eat more calories than burned. Do this in a healthy way though. Don't choose junk or fast food. Keep a well balanced diet and make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need. Weight lifting and other muscle building exercises can help you increase your body mass. A primary doctor can examine to confirm that male hormones appear normal. Muscle size is also genetic. ...Read more