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What to do if I work out. I stretch. I eat healthy and drink lots of water yet I still get muscle knots. How can I prevent them?

What to do if I work out. I stretch. I eat healthy and drink lots of water yet I still get muscle knots. How can I prevent them?

Knots: Please explain where the "muscle knots" are located? If you have some in your upper or lower back they maybe related to stress or over-working the muscle unit and become balled up and require a orthopedist/pain mgmt specialist or even a LMT. If they are in your lower leg and happen during or after activity, you may need more electrolytes before during and after workouts! ...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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Muscle knots especially under my arm pits below my shoulders are preventing my rib cage from expanding fully when taking a deep breath. Worsening.

Muscle knots especially under my arm pits below my shoulders are preventing my rib cage from expanding fully when taking a deep breath. Worsening.

Enlarged lymphonode: Maybe the knots you are referring to are enlarged lymphonodes and they could represent symptoms of a more serious underlying disease. You should see a physician and have them check out. ...Read more

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Sever muscle knots and forward head posture are preventing my rib cage from relaxing and allowing me to breathe deeply. How do I open up the rib cage?

Sever muscle knots and forward head posture are preventing my rib cage from relaxing and allowing me to breathe deeply. How do I open up the rib cage?

Osteopathic doctor: Can provide manipulation & trigger point injections to relax knotted muscles as well as work on relaxing rib cage. Can recommend exercises & preventive measures for forward head posture. Seek out doc who does osteopathic therapy primarily. ...Read more

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How does a pitcher prevent muscle injuries?

How does a pitcher prevent muscle injuries?

Practice, coaching: Competative pitching, with repeated hard throwing of a baseball and the motions required for special pitches (curves, etc), is very tough on the arm and its joints. There is no 100% prevention of injury to muscles, ligaments, elbow, shoulder, etc. Conditioning, gradual build-up of new moves, practice, and coaching on technique all are important to limit risk. ...Read more

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What foods will help strengthen my muscles and prevent them from injury?

What foods will help strengthen my muscles and prevent them from injury?

Muscles Foods: Clean sources of protein are best. Grassfed beef, free range chicken and free range eggs. Protein shakes can be used as well, I prefer an unsweetened whey protein that comes from grassfed cows. Preventing injury is best done with doing warmup prior to activity and the herb turmeric. It has been shown in recent studies to help tendonitis. 400-500mg twice daily of a standardized curcuminoid product. ...Read more

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How do I prevent prednislone loosing muscle?

How do I prevent prednislone loosing muscle?

Exercise: The steroid myopathy, weakening of muscle, is related to chemical changes without inflammation.
When it feels weak and doesn't move; the muscle will decrease in size and strenght, creating a vicious cycle.
Is dose dependent and improves lowering the dose and can be prevented or improved by exercise.
It is also unpredictable, some people get it even with low doses. ...Read more

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How to prevent pulling a muscle in your sleep?

How to prevent pulling a muscle in your sleep?

Regular stretching: Try stretching exercises before going to bed. ...Read more

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What to stop eating to lose weight but prevent muscle loss?

What to stop eating to lose weight but prevent muscle loss?

Terrific!: You need to be sure to get enough lean protein daily and reduce your sugar intake, including white, starchy carbohydrates. A weight loss physician can help you decide upon the amount of protein and how to limit your sugars. And don't forget the importance of muscle training to help keep your muscle mass while losing your excess body fat. ...Read more

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Are there any safe drugs that can help prevent muscle waste caused from to much surgery and where muscle has been scraped out?

Are there any safe drugs that can help prevent muscle waste caused from to much surgery and where muscle has been scraped out?

No: But eating properly with enough protein and vitamins can help. Also, targeted exercise to the area to "build up and strengthen" the muscle might also help if you are far enough from your actual surgery. ...Read more

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Sometimes, I wake up with one of my upper trapezius muscles completely contracted. Then it spasms for several days. How can I treat/prevent this?

See your doctor: The underlying cause of this may range from a simply muscle sprain to a cervical herniated disc. You will need to be evaluated, and if this continues despite nsaids, physical therapy may be helpful. When these fail to relieve your symptoms, or if you have progressive weakness, arm/hands numbness tingling worsening, then further work-up with e.g. Cervical spine MRI may even be indicated. ...Read more

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How do I prevent muscle spasms from recurring?

How do I prevent muscle spasms from recurring?

Stretch: Depends on that cause of your muscle spasm, but if there is no specific underlying medical condition (like a stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury etc), then regular stretching of the muscle can be helpful, with moist heat before stretching.
Also, in an acute spasms, it can be helpful to alternate ice and heat to break the spasms.
Beyond that, certain medications may help, as your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I prevent muscle aches after excercise/ workout???

How can I prevent muscle aches after excercise/ workout???

Muscle aches: Are going to happen when you work out hard. Drinking plenty of water. And having good protein source after workout will help build up muscle after breakdown. Stretch well. This should help lessen the aches. But the harder the workout. The more you break tissue down. You will be achy. Will benefit in long run ...Read more

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How do I prevent myself losing weight while building muscle?

How do I prevent myself losing weight while building muscle?

Eat healthy high: Calorie foods. Eat 6 meals/day. Consider foods like: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocados, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, protein shakes, protein bars, lean meats, poultry, fish, smoothies (w added silken tofu or powdered milk), greek yogurt (full –fat), . ...Read more

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How do you prevent the muscle disease macrophagic myofasciitis?

How do you prevent the muscle disease macrophagic myofasciitis?

This is mysterious: This has been very hard to sort out. The disease is so rare (if it is even real), the described features of the disease vary from paper to paper (anything from a catastrophic illness to the normal harmless persistence of aluminum at an old injection site), and the anti-immunization militants have gotten involved. A toxic effect of a Chloroquine (known muscle poisons) seems most likely to me. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can prevent muscle strains without exercising?

Can you tell me how I can prevent muscle strains without exercising?

Stretch: Stretch regularly. One should stretch 3-5 times each day. Each stretch should be held 30-90 seconds. Each stretch should be done on both sides. ...Read more

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How can you prevent a muscle from getting a burning sensation while you train?

Train with: More aerobic exercises vs. Anerobic. Do not exercise the muscle to the point of fatigue. Consider a NSAID. ...Read more

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How can I prevent my body to consume muscles instead the fat when I get starving?

How can I prevent my body to consume muscles instead the fat when I get starving?

Stop starving: There is no medical value in starvation, and it is potentially dangerous. Learn to eat a restricted, but well-balanced diet plus daily exercise -- you need a diet and exercise program you can live with for the rest of your life. ...Read more

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Muscle Cramps Or Spasms (Definition)

A muscle cramp is a sudden and involuntary contract of one's muscle (s). Such cramps are usually harmless, and may result from certain medications or from long periods of exercise. ...Read more