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Doctor insights on: Wavelike Muscle Contractions That Get Food Through The Digestive System

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What is the slow, wavelike contraction that moves food through the digestive system?

What is the slow, wavelike contraction that moves food through the digestive system?

peristalsis: Peristaltic movements move the food in process throughout intestine. They are a normal phenomenon with certain characteristics. ...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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Is there any relation between the blood flow in the gastrocnemius muscle and the digestive system?

Is there any relation between the blood flow in the gastrocnemius muscle and the digestive system?

Inverse relationship: If large muscles are active (e.g. Gastronemius while running) blood is preferentially shunted away from the digestive system and conversely after eating blood is increased proportionally to the GI tract. ...Read more

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I eat a lot. But i am not getting fat. And i think i am not gaining muscle either. Is it normal? Or maybe my digestive system does not work properly?

I eat a lot. But i am not getting fat. And i think i am not gaining muscle either. Is it normal? Or maybe my digestive system does not work properly?

Be healthy.: Make sure you are eating good healthy whole foods. Get as many vegetables into your day as you can. Drink plenty of water. Get on a good exercise program. Make sure you are getting good sleep every night. If you do all of these things, then you should develop and grow as you should. If you are doing all of this and are still having problems, get in to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What are bronchial smooth muscle contractions?

What are bronchial smooth muscle contractions?

For breathing: Your breathing tubes, the bronchi, have smooth muscle around them to help you to breath. They can contract. ...Read more

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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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If you tap certain parts of my face corresponding parts of my face move such as an eyebrow. Small reflexive muscle contractions. What is this called?

If you tap certain parts of my face corresponding parts of my face move such as an eyebrow. Small reflexive muscle contractions. What is this called?

Chvostek sign?: There is a medical sign called the "chvostek sign", which is a muscle contraction around the eye caused by gently tapping the side of the face just in front of the ear. 25% of people with this sign have hypocalcemia, or low calcium levels in the blood. ...Read more

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Very painful leg muscle contractions at night. Rls?

Very painful leg muscle contractions at night. Rls?

Probably not: Rls is described as an irresistible urge to move the legs which is often accompanied by unusual or unpleasant sensations in the legs that may be described as creeping, tugging, or pulling. What you are describing sounds more like nocturnal leg cramps which is commonly associated with varicose veins. ...Read more

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What are the causes of numbness and muscle contractions? Is it more of lack of vitamins? Please help

What are the causes of numbness and muscle contractions? Is it more of lack of vitamins? Please help

See details: Vitamin deficiencies are a less likely cause. There are numerous possible causes and a neurologist may provide insight into which cause is present in your case. ...Read more

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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

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


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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more