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Doctor insights on: What Happens When You Over Stretch Your Muscles

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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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I frequently get a "pulled" sensation accompanied by a burning feeling in my muscles. This can happen while normally stretching or squeezing tightly?

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

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How can I help heal up a stretched muscle?

How can I help heal up a stretched muscle?

ICE: ICE IT ELEVATE (if possible) COMPRESS Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Are you supposed to flex while stretching a muscle?

Are you supposed to flex while stretching a muscle?

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

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Why is there pain when I stretch a muscle sometimes?

Why is there pain when I stretch a muscle sometimes?

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 more

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What kind of stretches can I do for different muscle groups?

What kind of stretches can I do for different muscle groups?

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

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What are the benefits of stretching muscles as part of your workout?

Let me explain: Stretching before a workout helps prepare your muscles for more vigorous exercise. Stretching is not warm-up exercise, but should be done after you warm up. Do about 10 minutes of light cardio exercise, such as brisk walking or jogging, before stretching your muscles. ...Read more

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How long should I be stretching my muscles for best flexibility results?

How long should I be stretching my muscles for best flexibility results?

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

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To avoid injury during bench press which muscles should you stretch first?

Pectoralis: Are the main muscles to stretch, but consider triceps and biceps as well. Also the rotator cuff muscles and deltoid as well. ...Read more

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When lifting a 25 pound dumb-bell, does whatever muscle you feel a stretch in get bigger when you lift?

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

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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?

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?

Muscle strain.: Would see a local orthopedic surgeon to make sure muscle not torn /nothing more serious then he/she could refer you to a physical therapist. Stretch would vary depending on part strained. ...Read more

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Does stretching lengthen the muscles and tendons permanendtly?

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

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Can electrical muscle stimulation be an alternative to active stretching?

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

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Can electrical muscle stimulation be an alternative to muscle stretching?

Can electrical muscle stimulation be an alternative to muscle stretching?

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

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If your your ab muscles change at a rapid rate, is it possible to develop stretch marks?

If your your ab muscles change at a rapid rate, is it possible to develop stretch marks?

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

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My pt said i pulled my piformis muscle. Been treating w/ heat, ice and stretch for 1 week w/ very little improvement. Suggestions?

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

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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..

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..

Muscle strain/pull: sounds like you have attained or pulled a muscle in your low back. This is very common and should improve with a relative decrease in your activity, Nsaids and stretching. also stay away from sharp movements and lifting if you can ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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