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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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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?

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