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What Happens When You Over Stretch Your Muscles
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
I frequently get a "pulled" sensation accompanied by a burning feeling in my muscles. This can happen while normally stretching or squeezing tightly?
Cramp or strain: there are congenital conditions that cause this, but at age 31 that's unlikely. Is it one muscle at a time? always the same? Sometimes one or several of the 'motor units' of a muscle can be overstretched with movement, and signal their problem with symptoms like you describe. Try slowly increasing muscle range and force by training. ...Read more
Why does my body lock up. This happens often, only when I stretch/twist something too far or for too long it get stuck and I can see the muscle stuck ?
Eccentric contractio: Concentric muscle contraction is contracting while you are pulling weight toward you. Eccentric contraction is muscular effort while the muscle is stretching in the opposite direction. Great for building strength, but i high risk for muscle strain, or even tears! must be carefully done and taught! like slowly resisting going down on a chin bar! ...Read more
Muscle pain: You have to be careful when stretching a muscle. Do not stretch a muscle when your body is cold. The muscle will not be elastic and stretching a stiff muscle can cause pain. Try to do a light warmup and or at the end of your training before you stretch. This will allow the muscle to be more flexible and less susceptible to pain. Also do slow sustained stretches and not quick sudden stretches. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No difference: Static slow stretching of the specific muscle group in necessary. Consider 10 thirty second stretches of each musce group will work. ...Read more
Stretching: You should always stretch muscles after they've been warmed up for better and safer results. The longer and more often you stretch the better the results. In general, it's reasonable to hold a stretch for 15- 20 seconds . But if you are trying to improve flexibility, then you hold the stretch longer. ...Read more
When lifting a 25 pound dumb-bell, does whatever muscle you feel a stretch in get bigger when you lift?
Exactly: You'll know it's working when you feel a "burn" after the last few hard reps. I'm very glad you're lifting. It's fun, you'll put on some muscle, and it gets you into a fitness culture that'll go far to promoting your health. ...Read more
Basketball is getting much more serious and so are the workouts. I found out my pain is my pectnius muscle. Any suggestens on a stretch I could do?
No.: If you do regular stretching you will maintain the muscle fibers at maximum length. If you stop they can contract and become relatively shortened. The tendons are at a relatively fixed length regardless. ...Read more
Leave it alone: Resting the muscle help it heal faster. ...Read more
No: Ems causes muscles to contract and may help to strengthen muscles. You still have to stretch to gain muscle length and flexibility. ...Read more
Contracts muscles: Muscle stimulation causes muscle to contract so it really is not an alternative to muscle stretching. Some feel it is useful for strengthening muscles. ...Read more
Stretchmarks post tu: I have on occasion seen stretch marks of the legs or shoulders with rapdi growth and/or weight training. However, I have not observed this with abdominal muscles. It is far more likely you well develop well established flexion creases if you repeatedly flex (sit ups). ...Read more
My pt said i pulled my piformis muscle. Been treating w/ heat, ice and stretch for 1 week w/ very little improvement. Suggestions?
Pyriformis syndrome: This is a tough injury to overcome and may take a while before improvement is seen. Continue your exercises and f/u with your doctor. ...Read more
When I twist and turn or bend to the right or left I have a dull pain in my lower right back. It feels more like the muscle is stretching..
Im a all star cheeleader and i always stretch my back and my muscles but lately my lower back has been bothering me. Its really painful. Why is that?
Pars Stress Rxn: Hope strain & will go away w/ little rest & pt. Another cause should be looked for before returning to physical activity. Spondylolisthesis is a back condition commonly seen in young female athletes. Therapeutic exercises focusing on proper trunk & hip muscle strength & extensibility balances, education regarding proper back postures, positioning, lifting mechanics & jump landing is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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