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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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Stiffness in my muscles after a weekend of yardwork. How to loosen up?

Stiffness in my muscles after a weekend of yardwork.  How to loosen up?

Hot bath: When muscles are stiff they need to discharge the chemicals that build up during work. Heat, hot shower, hot bath encourages blood vessels to expand and increased flow helps carry away the debris. This and gentle stretching will help. The real trouble is you are working the muscles only on the weekends. If you did light exercise between you would become less stiff. ...Read more

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I have Parkinson's and I have been going to work out in the gym to ease the stiffness in my muscles but it seems that when I exercise I am in pain ?

I have Parkinson's and I have been going to work out in the gym to ease the stiffness  in my muscles but it seems that when I exercise  I am in pain ?

Not surprised: Most folks with Parkinson's are not informed by their doctors how painful the disease really is. Cheers to you for going to gym, as exercise indeed vital to control your illness. You might even have a physical therapist check out your program, so you are less uncomfortable. Your medication may need adjustments for optimal success. Movement disorder specialist could really help. ...Read more

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Back muscle stiffness?

Back muscle stiffness?

Stretch!: If stiffness is due to muscle tightness/imbalance a good stretching program can be helpful. Be mindful of your posture in both sitting and standing. It could also be due to arthritic changes in the back. If associated with pain, persistent stiffness, do see your doctor. A physical therapist can be helpful in designing a stretching program once you have an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have muscle stiffness and weakness, what is causing this?

I have muscle stiffness and weakness, what is causing this?

It depends: Could be from multiple causes not limited to your medical conditions and or your medications. Check with your doctor and get some labwork done. ...Read more

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What does muscle stiffness come from?

What does muscle stiffness come from?

NS Controls Muscles: Complex: only heart muscle contracts without brain/nervous commands, though ~110 BPM & constantly adjusted from brain split-second. All other muscles only contract after neurotransmitters are released at muscle membrane. Thus ns always plays a dominant role, along with blood supply, electrolytes, hydration, (all regulated by brain), metabolic products remaining in muscle after exercise/injury etc. ...Read more

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Whats the best form of rehab for muscle stiffness ?

Whats the best form of rehab for muscle stiffness ?

Stretching: I your muscles are stiff, stretching exercises are best in my opinion. I usually recommend that people get some blood flow to their muscles first by doing some aerobic activity first like brisk walking, bike, eliptical etc and then when they are sufficiently warmed up can do stretching. Yoga is also a terrific way to deal with stiff muscles. ...Read more

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Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more