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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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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

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I was wondering what are the 3 different types of metabolic events of muscle contractions?

Don't kno 4 sure: But u think subconsciously move, the brain sends the info 2 the muscle via neurotransmitters the muscle contacts, as does the antagonistic muscle ; u get a smooth motion across a joint. The exact physiological process involved in the contraction ; relaxation is complicated ; would refer u 2 a physiology book on muscle contraction. ...Read more

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What can cause calf muscle contractions?

Calf muscle contraction: If you are experiencing the cramping at night then this is likely due to compression of lumbar nerves coming from your lower back. You may want to change the position in which you sleep or possibly even the mattress you are sleeping on.
Follow up with a neurologist to determine whether you have lumbar spine problems.
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Involuntary muscle contractions = fasciculations?

Big vs small: Fasiculations are involuntary small muscle contractions. There are lots of causes. If they persist, call your family doctor. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions vs fasciculations?

Big vs small: Fasiculations are involuntary small muscle contractions. There are lots of causes. If they persist, call your family doctor. ...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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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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Why is my girlfriend having muscle contractions in her belly at 27weeks?

Why is my girlfriend having muscle contractions in her belly at 27weeks?

Contractions?: If there is any pattern ot the contraction, she needs to get checked to make sure not in preterm labor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Sustained muscle contractions?

Continuous: A muscle will typically contract and then relax. A "sustained" muscle contraction contracts, but the does not relax, making the contraction continual. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions within the torso area that causes abnormal breathing?

Diaphragm: If you have started into an aerobic program and notice this pain it could be spasms of the diaphragm. This is a large muscle in thelower torso which can become overworked if just starting on a new aerobic program. If it does not get better over a short time period seek medical help to find out what is going on. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have muscle contractions after straining on stool?

Is it normal to have muscle contractions after straining on stool?

Tenesmus: Definition of "tenesmus" = ineffectual and painful straining at stool. If this sounds familiar, please stop and seek medical help or risk hemorrhoids, fissures, prolapse, etc. Rectal dysfunctional, and for that matter constipation in general, can reflect a variety of problems that should be systemically evaluated and treated. ...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

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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Muscle Contractions (Definition)

When a muscle contracts, it basically shortens. In a skeletal muscle, the shortening of the muscles then pulls on a tendon causing motion to occur ...Read more