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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
47 Doctors shared insights

Weak Muscle Tone (Overview)

Many physicians use this as the word atrophy in their notes. Typically used to describe a smaller appearance of a muscle or muscle group. Can be seen post operatively as well as in some neurological conditions.


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My 4 year old child waa seen by a deveopmental specialist. Hr is developmentally delayed and weak muscle tone. What could cause this? Should I worry

My 4 year old child waa seen by a deveopmental specialist. Hr is developmentally delayed and weak muscle tone. What could cause this? Should I worry

Many things: The list of conditions that can cause developmental delay and hypotonia (weakness) is extensive (metabolic disorders, genetic abnormalities, trauma during delivery and more). Speak with your developmental pediatrician again to get a better idea of what they feel might be the cause. Hopefully, therapy of some sort (physical, occupational and speech) will be initiated, early intervention is key. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
47 Doctors shared insights

Weak Muscle Tone (Overview)

Many physicians use this as the word atrophy in their notes. Typically used to describe a smaller appearance of a muscle or muscle group. Can be seen post operatively as well as in some neurological conditions.


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I'm 64 and I have weak muscle tone. Crept up on me slow. What can I do?

I'm 64 and I have weak muscle tone. Crept up on me slow. What can I do?

Exercise: You have to start a conditioning program. But before you start you should check with your pcp. There are many classes for seniors. Aarp has a list of trainers who specialize in helping those over 55 condition themselves. It is never too late to start. ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine the cause of your strain if possible
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Try rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE)
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Ease back into activity; don't overdo it
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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What is the definition or description of: Weak muscle tone?

What is the definition or description of: Weak muscle tone?

Atrophy: Many physicians use this as the word atrophy in their notes. Typically used to describe a smaller appearance of a muscle or muscle group. Can be seen post operatively as well as in some neurological conditions. ...Read more

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I'm 64 and I have weak muscle tone. Crept up on me slow. What can I do?

Exercise: You have to start a conditioning program. But before you start you should check with your pcp. There are many classes for seniors. Aarp has a list of trainers who specialize in helping those over 55 condition themselves. It is never too late to start. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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I'm pregnant and I have weak muscle tone. Can I push?

I'm pregnant and I have weak muscle tone. Can I push?

Yes: When you are pushing with a contraction you are aiding the uterine smooth muscles. Women can deliver without pushing at all because the uterus can do all the work. ...Read more

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My 4 year old child waa seen by a deveopmental specialist. Hr is developmentally delayed and weak muscle tone. What could cause this? Should I worry

Many things: The list of conditions that can cause developmental delay and hypotonia (weakness) is extensive (metabolic disorders, genetic abnormalities, trauma during delivery and more). Speak with your developmental pediatrician again to get a better idea of what they feel might be the cause. Hopefully, therapy of some sort (physical, occupational and speech) will be initiated, early intervention is key. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
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Avoid foods with visible fat
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Do not eat the skin when eating poultry
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I am experiencing foot weakness, low body weight and low muscle tone.

I am experiencing foot weakness, low body weight and low muscle tone.

Need in person visit: You need to be seen in person by a physiatrist or a neurologist ...Read more

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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have your testosterone checked each morning
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Discuss the risks and benefits of testosterone replacements with your doctor
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Take a testosterone replacement as instructed
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Am I suffering from low muscle tone (hypotonia) or just out of shape?

Depends: Unless you have an underlying neurologic disorder, you do not have hypotonia. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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My in laws think my 3 month old might be mentally disabled. They say he has low muscle tone. Are there things I can try to test his muscle tone?

Low muscle tone: I can't stress how important it is not to listen to everyone's opinions about your baby. Three month olds do not have great muscle tone. In addition, Low muscle tone does not imply any child is "mentally disabled". If you are concerned about your child speak to your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Carb Diet (Checklist)

Read labels. Fiber, while a carb, is not digested
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Eat your vegetables!
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Try some of the many low-carb recipes online
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Substitute a low-carb, high-fiber tortilla wrap for sandwiches
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Does anyone have a baby with low muscle tone?

Does anyone have a baby with low muscle tone?

Not uncommon: Muscle tone is an important indicator of a baby's development. It can suggest some developmental problems if the tone is low (or floppy). But, it's important to understand that babies all develop differently and not necessarily within the pre-conceived parameters. If tone is a concern, be sure and follow up regularly with your physician for checkups to be sure than any problems are detected. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had a muscle tone problem when I was younger (hypotonia) so could this be effecting me now?

Hypotonia: Hypotonia as an adult may manifest itself as clumsiness, inability to get from one position to another nd various other problems. You should be evaluated by a neurologist who may recommend physiotherapy ...Read more

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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking magnesium supplements
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Consume potassium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking a potassium supplement
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Limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 ounce per day
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Good treatments for hypotonia/low muscle tone?

Good treatments for hypotonia/low muscle tone?

Hard to say: Is this part of a condition? Can u excercise? If you have recurrent pain issues coming from the body an snri would help, like cymblata 30mg but unsure if you are out of shape or have a muscle disease. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor would help evaluate a child who has low muscle tone?

What kind of doctor would help evaluate a child who has low muscle tone?

Pediatrician: Your pediatrician should be able to begin proper evaluation. The specialist would be a neurologist. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

Speak with a clinical nutritionist
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Could a person with low muscle tone get into shape?

YES: Of course you can...may have yt work at it longer...see a physical therapist to help you outline a plan to help you accomplish your goal. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Low muscle tone?

Low muscle tone: Low muscle tone or hypotonia describes muscles that lack normal tension or consistency. Low muscle tone can be specific to a muscle group or affecting entire body. ...Read more

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Could a person with low muscle tone get into shape and how?

Muscle building: Muscles are meant to be used. If u do not use them they get weak. The more u use the better tone they have. It is not hard to get into shape. SURE If u have the will u will be able to do it. Just get into regular exercise routine with low weights. If u just want to tone up u should do more reps with low weights. Talk to a trainer at a gym- they offer free counseling for 1 or 2 session at some gyms ...Read more

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Would a child show signs of muscular dystrophy by 4? My son has low muscle tone and can tire quicker than brothers but he can jump, ride bike, etc

Many types: There are many different types of muscular dystrophy, some of which do not show symptoms until even adulthood. If you have concerns about your child's muscle functions, best to go to a large pediatric academic center that has a muscular dystrophy clinic. There you will find the various experts who can determine if there even is a problem, and it so, what it is. Best to use experts here! ...Read more

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What activities can I do to work out if I have cerebral palsy and low muscle tone?

What activities can I do to work out if I have cerebral palsy and low muscle tone?

Anything you can: You can and should do all that is physically possible to maintain strength and flexibility. I encourage my patients to do whatever resistance training they can. This depends upon how significant the level of CP is. Make sure you work with someone who can create a safe program for you, because you don't want to put yourself in a position where you could get hurt. ...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


Dr. William Singer
84 Doctors shared insights

Low Muscle Tone (Definition)

Low muscle tone or hypotonia describes muscles that lack normal tension or consistency. Low muscle tone can be specific to a muscle group ...Read more